It has been a while! I just want to say thank you for all the good training that
you taught me and Sara!! I used it to train Kaiser and I now have the most
wonderful, mellow, sweet and great family dog!! AND IT SAVED HIS LIFE!!!!
We are at the dog park across the street from our house two days ago and
not quite to the "off leash" area yet. Chris threw the Chuck It anyways.....and
Kaizer is a BALL crazed dog! He is good, but when that ball comes out he is
SO focused on it! Well off went the ball and Kaizer...the ball hit a tree and
changed directions to the street....ball goes across the street, here comes a
big truck doing 40 and Kaizer is at a dead run after the ball. My heart stops. I
yelled (with some panic in my voice) "KAIZER DOWN!!!" and that dog
stopped on a dime. I think I really scared him, but he dropped so fast to the
ground and looked back at me with the saddest look of "why am I in
trouble??". He stayed down for a few seconds, got up and wanted to go after
the ball but I said "come" and he was right by my side. THANK YOU!!!!! I am
so glad you told me about that emergency down when I had Sara. (Sara is
LOVING ranch life by the way!! She is such a happy dog!) I think about you
often, and wish I had time for agility, maybe someday once the baby is older!
I LOVED your classes and one day I will be back!!
Stephanie, Regarding the Box Work Seminar
I get so pumped after these things. I think because they really, really help my
understanding of the Greg Darrett system and how the dogs work (and I get
to practice moving)—so was thinking about the day and trying to come up with
a word to describe your teaching. You are so clear in your explanations and
give us the theory as well as the practical “to do”—but that doesn’t cover it.
Your enthusiasm certainly figures in. So my word? Inspirational. That’s what
you give us, Stephanie….Inspiration. We are so lucky to have you here in
Your lessons and classes combine several features that I can't find in one
single class here in Bend. Your approach is consistent, so that when
instructions get repeated the message is the same each time. You have the
experience to deal with dog (and people) behavior issues unrelated to agility
specifically, but important to any overall performance. You can teach to the
individual team even in a class where each team has different challenges. I
don't like being in a class where handlers make mistakes even I recognize and
we don't get corrected and learn how to fix it. And probably most important
you really care about your students and about what you do. It shows. And I
miss it terribly and will rejoice if I find it here. Your students in Bend need to
appreciate you. Send any who don't to me and I'll set them straight!
Dear Stephanie- July 25, 2007
I am so excited that Mom let me write to you. I want to tell you how much I
appreciate what you do for her. You teach her how “to twizel and all kinds of
things” which helps me do what agility is all about. I love coming to class; you
should see how it energizes my Mom! She’s “go, go, go” after class is over. I
know her voice goes up when she gets excited and I react by popping out of
the weaves; then if I goof sometimes her voice tells me that I did something
wrong. You point it out to her and she give me loves the next time. We both
know whatever I did wrong was really her fault! Between the two of us we’ll
make her a good handler, yet. Keep up the good work. I’ll do my part. AND,
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.
Love – Racer Walsh
Thank you for the fun, laughs, great instruction and sense of community. You
bring out the best in all of us! Jane and the Husky’s
Jazz and I would like to thank you for your time, expertise and knowledge of
agility. I don’t know how you do it but you are always right on top of the dogs
and humans. You are also great at keeping it fun and interesting with a
variety of activities! You are very good and instructing and we have really
enjoyed your classes and fun runs. I don’t know where we will end up in the
competition of agility, but I do know we are learning a lit, meeting a lot of
wonderful people and having a great time doing it!
Kellie and Jazz
Thanks for your help and support over the years, especially the last three
while Trigger and I have competed solely in USDAA. Your interest and
attention to us local folks who train and practice agility with you is the best. I
hope the future continues to bring you the successes you desire.
Sincerely, Judith Parker and Trigger
Thank you for the privilege of training with you! Jennifer Swearingen and
One measure of a good trainer is the word of mouth suggestions to people to
“ go to Stephanie Morris” for training. That is how I “found” you. You took a
total novice person and dog (Debit) and helped us stumble our way through a
couple of titles.
Now, I have improved so much thanks to your patience, and knowledge of
courses and handling. You are never insulting or impatient. You constantly
find something good to say about the dog and handler while at the same time
making suggestions on how to improve. That is the mark of a true trainer with
natural ability…. And a wonderful sense of humor.
May you continue to turn out great students and successful competitors. A
“GREAT” trainer deserves no less. You inspire all of us to challenge
ourselves to do better. Your warm smile and sense of humor are a welcome
greeting to each class.
Laurie Schrode- who still needs a lot of help to reach the “great student” level
Thank you for all you put into the courses. I love the challenges and different
handling options you provide. Agility to me is a bonding time with the dogs.
They’re only doing it to spend time with me. They are perfectly happy
snuggling with me but we can’t always be a couch potato, they need exercise
and so do we. I only wish I had started with you. You’re right, it doesn’t
matter if you qualify (it’s nice and the object), but it is playtime with the dogs.
And who knows what they sense about us that we’re not even aware of. You’
re great to work with, keep up the good job.
What can I say; you are an awesome instructor and thank you!!!! We (me,
Kosmoe, and Picaboo) would not be where we are today if not for you.
Brussels Griffons are a little different to train than your “typical” agility breed.
You recognize and understand that. You teach us in ways that work for us.
When we are struggling, you guide us and make sure we succeed. You
celebrate with us when we do well. You have helped to build the team we are
today! I used to think that only those “really, super good teams could earn a
MACH title ….not us! That has been a dream since my first AKC agility trial
when I watch my 1st “MACH run” in Portland. Thanks to you, that dream came
true on May 26th, 2007… and YOU were the one that handed me my 1st
MACH bar with my 1st agility dog. I will never forget that day!!!
To me, you are a great example of what agility is all about. Fun, teamwork,
and relationship with your dog (in a nutshell). All the ribbons and titles are
just the fringe benefits. Thank you for all your understanding and patience
with us! You’re the greatest!!! Monica, MACH2 Kosmoe, and Picaboo.
Some of my happiest moments in Bend were around agility and I miss
everyone. Say a special hello to everyone in our classes.
I'm also writing to let you know my adventures in trying to find agility classes
and instruction in northern California. I thought it would be easy but I was
wrong! You have really spoiled us and I need to tell you how great you are!
The lessons, the classes and the level of instruction you give are higher and
better than anything I have found here to date. Turns out that you can have a
big 'name' organization with great performing dogs and handlers if you pre-
select your students and weed out the dogs/people who aren't driven and
really great to start with. Kind of like a plastic surgeon who's successful
because of choosing only beautiful people to operate on in the first place.
Your lessons and classes combine several features that I can't find in one
single class here. Your approach is consistent, so that when instructions get
repeated the message is the same each time. You have the experience to
deal with dog (and people) behavior issues unrelated to agility specifically, but
important to any overall performance. You can teach to the individual team
even in a class where each team has different challenges. I don't like being in
a class where handlers make mistakes even I recognize and we don't get
corrected and learn how to fix it. And probably most important you really care
about your students and about what you do. It shows. And I miss it terribly
and will rejoice if I find it here. Your students in Bend need to appreciate you.
Send any who don't to me and I'll set them straight!
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