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Who We Are
PawsitiveTrendz Performance Sports offers dog training for those that just want to learn varies dog sports and enjoy class time each week to those that want to train and compete at the highest level of the sport! With many years of experience in dog training, We bring new and innovative ways to train for not only agility, but other dog sports. Training with positive reinforcement to make sure your dog enjoys what they are doing while learning at the same time.
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Our Training Philosophy
If the dog can have positive experiences, then you will have positive results. The training approach is based on positive training methods to build desire and drive in your agility sport dog. Foundation training techniques involve play, impulse control, handling flat work, shaping, and other motivational games and learning techniques.
We do not allow corrective type training including use of choke, prong, or electronic collars. Not only is it unsafe to have them on near equipment, we also want to make the game fun!
We work individually with each dog/handler team based on the dog’s needs. The training will depend on the owner/handler’s goal, whether it is for active agility competition, for training the dog to be well-mannered at home, or to keep the dog calm and non-reactive.
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About the Trainer and Her Dogs
Tina Reynolds brings to the table more than 20 years of experience in dog training sports. She has lived and worked with a variety of breeds in her personal dog agility career. These include Siberian Huskies, Vizslas, Golden Retrievers and Border Collies.
Her first agility dog, a Siberian Husky, was a joy in the ring. She was a confident dog with rigorous obedience training before she started in the dog agility sport. Nia earned her Master Agility Excellent (MX) and Master Excellent Jumpers With Weaves (MXJ) titles within her first year of competition in addition to a two-time invitation to the American Kennel Club (AKC), where she ranked the #2 sibe in the US in 2008.
Nia retired early in her career due to sports-related injuries. This prompted Tina to search for a more serious approach to properly training and preparing the dogs for a career as a professional athlete. Nia returned to the show ring in 2013 to earn her Companion Dog (CD) certification!
Tina explored training and methods with Tracy Sklenar, Susan Garrett, Soshana Dos, Monique Plink, and more. Tugger, a young, powerful, and energetic Vizsla has taught Tina the most so far.
Tugger had struggled in many environments and had a fear of people. Training the Vizsla helped bring to light many training opportunities as Tugger enabled Tina to further her skills in behavior modifications and in using tools to work with anxious dogs.
Trendie, a very intelligent, hardworking Border Collie has become a very important part of Tina's life. She has excelled in her obedience/rally training and competition. She competes in Barn Hunt and also competed in agility for a brief time.
Trendie was born with health restrictions. Short, focused, and fun training sessions were a must for Trendie to stay healthy. She has overcome many hurdles and continues to step up with confidence, joy, and speed in everything she does.
Tina's mentor through the years has been Tracy Sklenar. With her, Tina has had the opportunity to present a mini-dog skills camp that saw a huge success and provided a great opportunity to learn new knowledge and skills from everyone.
Tina has also worked with some of the top trainers in the world including Greg Derrett, Susan Garrett, Dudley Shumate, DIane Goodspeed, Susan Salo, Anthony Clarke, Lynda Ortin- Hill, Justine Davenport, Lori Michaels, Monique Plink; Soshana Dos, Melanie Miller.
Tina routinely attends workshops and seminars in addition to taking many courses through www.Agility-U.com. The workshops allow Tina to learn and stay up to speed with the leading training methods for fast, amazing
As a trainer, Tina has taught dog obedience and agility skills for more than 20 years, working with various trainers and training methods. She has incorporated what she has learned and experienced firsthand into her training.
Tina has also worked closely with Danielle Basciano, a certified animal behaviorist, in learning the psychology of dogs and how to work with reactive/aggressive dogs. She looks forward to continually learning more about dog behaviors as well as new techniques to expand her knowledge in dog agility.
Tina also enjoys working with dogs who are struggling with social issues, because the end result is a happy dog! She teaches all levels of agility, from the fundamentals to the master level.
Tina believes that agility handling is evolving as the game gets more competitive. Her approach is to maintain clear criteria and information for the dog. Consistency in the cues you give your dog on course is the key to success. However, agility is not just about the sport but doing something fun with your dog.
Apart from dog training, Tina has also spent many years as a volunteer at the Central New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (CNY SPCA), where she became president of the board of directors in 2006. She also enjoys being a hands-on volunteer.
Tina also participated in rescue work and fostering of Siberian Huskies for the Tails of the Tundra Siberian Husky Rescue organization. She is a member of the Syracuse Obedience Training Club (SOTC) and has helped in many fund-raising and community events for animals.