|Michelle started her romance with dogs 25 years ago when she got into
sled dogs. She trained and ran nine Siberian Huskies for many, many
years. She lived in Alaska one winter and helped train an Iditarod team.
"With nine dogs all on one leash out in front of me I had to figure out how
to control them, keep them happy, how to build a relationship with each
individual- as some days my life was in their paws. I quickly became
addicted to that intense connection a person can build with a dog through
training." says Michelle.
She currently trains agility with her Border Collie "Sara" here at Desert
Sage. She thinks that playing at agility is good because it keeps you and
your dogs mind busy, gets you and the dog some exercise, and helps you
connect with your dog in a different way than typical obedience. Sara
loves it and so does Michelle!
Michelle is also a glass artist. (See her work at www.soulbursts.com )
Photography is another hobby she enjoys. Michelle gained her teaching
experience teaching art through the Oregon Arts Commission's Artist in
Residence Program in Oregon schools, as well as teaching art for COCC's
community education program.
Michelle has started assisting at Desert Sage and we are happy to have
her. She has brought to our program a new class-Come Sit Stay and
Connect! I am excited to have this class as many people do not have the
solid sit stays or the connection with their dog necessary to a successful
agility career. She is also teaching Obedience for Agility with an emphasis
on come, sit, and stay.
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