Based on a once in a lifetime relationship with her dog Jettie, combined with her Engineering background, Elicia Calhoun has developed a unique and successful approach to the sport of Dog Agility. In her view, the Dog and Handler should be “One” on the course. Elicia likes to say: “The Handler is basically Dancing with their Dog, as they move and communicate to create their own rhythm and dance.” Watch her flowing style when she is on course and you will understand!
Elicia’s teaching approach is fundamental, methodical and systematic and involves:
- Handler and Dog Communication, largely based on body language
- Strong Team-Oriented Attitude
- Improving the Dog and Handler Relationships
- Teaching Handler to listen and learn from the Dog
- Keeping FUN in Equation
Her Workshop and Class Agendas typically include:
- Role Playing Games Handling Exercises
- Jumping Techniques Weave Poles
- Contact Work Course Strategies
- Game Strategies Challenging Sequences
- Trouble Shooting Agility Theory
Elicia has been teaching Dog Agility for the past 26 years which she both enjoys and is extremely effective. She is highly energetic and enthusiastic individual who has a way of explaining things in a clear and simplified manner.
Anyone who has attended any of her workshops or lessons doesn’t forget them! Her focus in workshops and classes is the Handler — and how to strengthen the Handler-Dog Relationship. Elicia is often quoted as saying “I am here to train you, the handler – not your dog! I am not the one who has the relationship with your dog – you do. I am not the one running your dog on course – you are. So Let’s get YOU trained!”
As well as being a Professional Agility Instructor, former USDAA Judge, and author, Elicia is also one of country’s top competitors. Her most notable achievements include: Three time world Champion, Five time National Champion and multiple time Regional champion and 22-time National Finalist. Elicia and her dogs have represented the United States for 26 different teams at World Championship Competitions. And, her dogs, Suni, Tobie, Nika, BreeSea, Iceman and Jettie, have numerous awards and titles in AKC, UKI, USDAA, and NADAC.
So, whether you want to ‘Do the Dance’ as a means of recreation or are a serious competitor looking for new challenges, Elicia is worth investigating!