About Agility

Music to her ears

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.When Tracy Sklenar abruptly lifted her left arm, her head snapped back. Her are sliced down, her hand jabbing into the air just beyond reach. Within the blink of an yee, her left arm plummeted, her right arm now mirroring the staccato up-down cue.

Sklenar demonstrated the footwork and hand signals needed for executing a complicated handling maneuver. Performing the movements fluidly and yet with intensity, she looked like an orchestra conductor. That is not sirprising because before "going to the dogs," Sklenar spent years doing just that. She made a huge leap of faith a few years ago when she changed careers from professional musician to professional dog trainer.

Now an accomplished agility competitor and instructor, Sklenar has been competing for eight years, including in Nationals in both the U.S. and Canada. She teaches 10 classes a week, plus private lessons, in and around Smyrna, N.Y., provides seminars throughout the country, and teaches for Susan Garrett at Say Yes! Dog Training. Ninety-five percent of her income comes directly from agility training.


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