Here at Pawsitive Kinection we are happy to have a solid group of core trainers, assistants and guest trainers. Below you can find a bit more information about them.
Owner/Founder - Lead Trainer
What was once was a life of corporate jobs, was traded in to pursue her love of everything dog. Starting with just a border collie mix that was simply a household pet, Jessica got her first Australian Shepherd in 2000. One exceptionally well behaved australian shepherd quickly turned Jessica adopting her second australian shepherd and all the behavior issues that can come along with a rescue dog. Since her adoption of Boomer, Jessica quickly threw herself into the world of dog training, focusing on canine sports. Jessica has an intuitive approach to the human and canine relationship, with her training style focusing on a positive reinforcement approach and using energy and communication to form a successful partnership. She has over 18 years of agility experience 12 years of teaching experience, and has competed at the top levels in most venues. Adding to her bag of tricks, Jessica apprenticed with a master groomer and started grooming in 2011 opening her own shop in 2013. Jessica also founded Granite State Disc Dogs, has competed at USDDN worlds, and Dock Dock Worlds. She currently competed in agility, disc dog, herding and dock diving. She also cross-trains her dogs by hiking, scootering bikejoring and skijoring. When Jessica isn’t competing, she is focusing on working on a deeper understanding on how dogs learn and communicate and how to effectively incorporate that into a training program.
Specialties- Agility, Disc Dog, Cross Training, Intuitive Training, Reiki, Animal Communication
Owner/Partner - Lead Trainer
Kate started doing agility approximately 21 years ago and has competed at the top levels in most agility venues, and has been very successful with her Aussies. Kate got her first aussie in 1983 and never looked back. She has established a successful breeding program in Vermont focusing on sound, athletic and biddable dogs. Although Kate started agility before Jessica, she never really taught until assisting Jessica at her classes in the Upper Valley. Kate has successfully set up a RAW dog food distribution program. Aside from doing agility, Kate actively works as a cardiac nurse, manages and owns a sheep and duck farm with her husband Rich and actively works her dogs on a daily basis to keep the farm critters in line. Kate is available not only for agility classes and lessons, but she also teaches herding lessons on her farm in Hartland, VT.
For more information about Kate please visit her site www.Sunnyacresfarmvt.com
Specialties - Agility, Herding, Raw Dog Food
Sharayah "Rae" Baier
After years of begging her parents for a dog, Rae got her first Aussie, Rusty, at age 10 and he quickly became her best friend and constant companion. He was by no means a dog for a novice owner and taught Rae a lot about what not to do. He was her first introduction to dog behavior and training.
Years later, Rae adopted Ryder, a young Texas heeler, and jumped back into the world of dog training. While in Texas she assisted and taught puppy classes, household obedience, and CGC classes. Wanting to do more but not being quite ready to jump into the rigidity of competitive obedience, Rae began to explore other dog sports and stumbled on Rally Obedience. After teaching herself the signs, she began setting courses for weekend practices with friends and eventually transitioned to teaching classes and private lessons.
When her Aussie mix, Rumor, joined the pack, Rae began training in agility and immediately became addicted to the sport. Her youngest dog, an Aussie Cattle Collie mix named Rugby, introduced her to the world of disc dog and yet another addiction took shape. She still enjoys agility but disc with all of it’s tricks has quickly become her favorite sport to play and train with her dogs. Rae has competed at USDDN World Finals and qualified for the work finals in both AWI and SkyHoundz. She currently competes most actively in disc and agility, though she still steps into the rally ring and onto the dock every so often. When not pursuing her love of all things dog, Rae works as an Occupational Therapist and plans to eventually pursue her certification in canine rehab.
Specialties - Tricks, Rally, and Agility Foundations
Nancy has been competing in nosework with her Australian Shepherd who is the second dog ever to achieve the Performance Scent Dog Gold Excellent title. She is an approved judge for AKC Scent Work, CGC, Tricks, ATT, Hunt Tests for Pointing Breeds, and United States Canine Scent Sports. Nancy has taught classes for Lakes Region Kennel Club, Inc. for many years. In nosework, it's all about building communication between dog and handler and having fun.
Specialties - Nosework