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IFCS Team Profile: Tracy Sklenar

A profile of this year's IFCS Team USA Coach, Tracy Sklenar.

Where do you live?

Callaway, Virginia  

How did you first get involved with agility?

I was learning how to be a pet dog trainer and it looked like a fun activity.

What made you decide to compete?  

I seemed like the logical next step - it wasn't as much about competing as it was about seeing how we could do on the courses at trials.

Do you participate in any other dog sports or training with your dogs?

Nope, agility it is! Not enough hours in the day for anything else.

Tell us more about your pets:  

I have eight dogs and a very understanding, patient husband.

Describe for us what you do in your "other" non-agility life, work life? 

There is life outside of agility? Who knew?

How does it feel to be part of the IFCS Team this year?

We are looking forward to tackling the courses and representing the USA to the best of our abilities on the world stage.

What are you looking forward to the most at the World Agility Championship event in Spain this April?  

I am looking forward to the excitement that each day brings at the event, as well as the camaraderie between the countries.

Do you do anything special to prepare yourself for a big competition?  

I begin with skills work and fitness work, then gradually cycle up to big courses and in the last weeks before the event cycle down to stay sharp but be rested.

People who enjoy agility with their dogs are often intimidated by the idea of competition - what advice would you give them to encourage them to take the plunge?  

Do what keeps it fun for you! That can include any level of competing, or not competing at all. Enjoy the time with your dog!

Do you have a favorite dog from a book, movie, TV-show or video game?  

I love the artist Rodrigue's "Blue Dog"!


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