How’d I get Here?

August 12, 2013 at 3:56 am 4 comments

It honestly blows me away just how much support I’ve gotten from the people in my life, and how my agility journey has unfolded.

As some of you know, I got my first dog Mikki when I was 13 years old after begging my parents for years to get a dog. They told me that if I wrote them a proposal on the breed, what I would do to take care of it, and prove that I could be responsible for at least a year, they would THINK about letting me get a dog. I’m sure the initial ploy was that I’d lose interest. Instead, I rode my bike down to the local pet store for weeks to systematically read all of their breed books one at a time and write up costs for everything my puppy might need.

In the end I got my puppy…which has since turned into 5 dogs sharing my household.

Taking Mikki to local obedience classes led to my introduction to the sport of agility.

Needless to say I was hooked!

I remember my parents driving me to club training nights and waiting patiently (okay sometimes not so patiently) in the car as I always stayed later than I was supposed to.

I remember when my instructor at the time, Adrian Rooyakkers, suggested I help instruct one of his classes. I was so nervous I think I barely said anything to the students the whole night!

Over time I’ve grown as an instructor, competitor, and dog trainer. Many of you have seen this progression as you’ve been in the sport along with me. Some have even become students or taken some of my seminars along the way.

To all of those students, friends, and family that have supported me over the years and continue to do so, I want to take this oppourtunity to say thank you. I know that without your support I would not be the handler, instructor, or trainer that I am today.

I encourage you to take a moment to reflect on your own agility journey, and those who have influenced you positively throughout your own agility journey.

Why not take a few minutes to send them a quick email or Facebook message letting them know that you appreciate their support and help along the way?

Take this chance to show your appreciation on by liking this page on Facebook.

“Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.” – Margaret Cousins

Happy Training!

Jess Martin of Agile Dog Training


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  • 1. Judy  |  August 12, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    This is a great post – and I’m so grateful to have added you to my list of supporters on our (me and Reilly) journey. It seems to be mostly about confidence – I’ve seen yours grow TONS over the past year and you’ve helped Reilly and I gain some new skills and confidence that has brought us more together and feel the joy in running. Thank you so much for being so generous in so many ways.

  • 2. Debbie Dust  |  August 13, 2013 at 12:12 am

    I learned a lot at the half day seminar that Rylie and I attended. I had to go home and think some of it through but I think it is going to help me a lot. I look forward to a couple of more seminars this fall.

  • 3. Pat McC  |  August 13, 2013 at 11:43 am

    What a lovely tribute! It is always worth the time to acknowledge your gratitude for the people in your life and their role(s) in helping you get to where you are.

  • 4. Sharon R  |  August 13, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    Now that you’ve reminded me how old I am …. oh how you have grown into such a wonderful handler, trainer, motivator, and educator. You are right where you should be. I appreciate your patience!


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