Bridget has been training and competing with dogs (and other animals) since she was a teenager, and for the past twenty five years has been heavily involved in dog training, dog sports and dog activities of all kinds. Agility has been the primary sport and the DogStar “pack” have traveled all over the country, competing and teaching. Currently she is owned and loved by two Border Collies, two awesome little sport mixes, a very handsome lurcher, two horses, and a gaggle of other furry and feathered critters.
The goal of DogStar is to create a community of like-minded dog sport enthusiasts
and pet parents that understand/or are open to the benefits and value of positive reinforcement training and a desire to have fun with their dogs.
As much as Bridget enjoys training and competing she also finds teaching immensely rewarding and loves to see her agility students excel. Many have seen success at the regional and national level, as well as the AKC Invitational and even internationally too. She has been lucky enough to work with a very large variety of breeds and types of dogs, from Komondors to Biewer Terriers and everything in between.
They do a little bit of everything these days….agility, scent work, flyball, rally, disc dog, dock diving, tracking, barn hunt, and trick training and in the past, earthdog, sighthound lure coursing and racing, and a little bit of confirmation showing. Bridget loves competition and challenging herself to be a better trainer and handler, but more than that she loves that these sports and activities have helped build incredible bonds with her dogs.
In 2018 Grape and I were chosen to travel overseas to compete with Team USA on the 2019 AKC European Open Team and the 2019 WAO Agility Team. In 2019 we finished in 7th place overall at the European Open team tryouts and were once again chosen to represent the AKC at the 2020 European Open. They were also able to add "national champions" to their resume by winning the 2019 UKI National Finals at the US Open.
When they are not teaching or competing you can usually find them out in the woods trail running, hiking or out riding the trails with Jetty, the pony.
Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA-CTP)
Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA)
Living and Learning with Animals, Professional Course with Dr Susan Friedman
FitPaws Master Trainer (FP-MT)
Professional Member of Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT)
AKC Canine Good Citizen/AKC Trick Dog Evaluator
Certified Trick Dog Instructor with "Do More With Your Dog"
Member of the Pet Professional Guild
Member of IAABC
Past Instructor at “Camp Gone To The Dogs"