Autumn Fenmar

Autumn grew up with a love for animals and a curiosity for animal behavior. Through her experiences training her own dogs and discovering the world of dog sports, it became apparent that successful dog training is much more than teaching a set of behaviors. It’s about strengthening the relationship with your dog through building trust, listening to how they communicate, and observing their emotional state. After earning a degree in psychology, exploring dog sport training became a healthy hobby, and she has gained several years of experience training and competing in agility, scent work, and disc with her two rescue dogs, Zoe and Breeze. In addition, having a dog with environmental sensitivities taught her valuable skills in managing reactivity and reading dog body language.  She currently is an active competitor in agility and disc, but scent work is her primary sport.  In 2018, she added Meru, an Australian Koolie, to the family and has begun training him in disc, agility, and scent work.

 

Autumn enjoys sharing her passion for dog sports with others and has been teaching students since 2012.  She prefers positive training methods and has a special interest in building confidence and motivation in any team.

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Breeze

  • One CPE Agility Championship (C-ATCH)

  • Multiple titles in NADAC Agility

  • NACSW NW1, NW2, NW3 Elite, ELT 1, ELT 2

  • Multiple Element titles in NACSW

  • Several placements in UpDog Disc Competitions including Freestyle 

  • Participated in UpDog International Finals in 2018 & 2019

Autumn's Accomplishments Highlights

Zoe

  • Two CPE Agility Championships (C-ATCH)

  • One CPE Agility Team Extraordinaire (C-ATE)

  • Two NADAC Agility Championships (NATCH)

  • Titles in USDAA Agility

  • NACSW NW1, NW2, NW3 Elite, ELT 1, ELT 2

  • Multiple Element titles in NACSW

  • Participated in CPE Nationals in 2011, 2013, 2014 

  • Participated in NADAC Championships in 2015

Meru

  • NACSW NW1, NW2

  • Multiple Element Titles in NACSW

  • Participated in UpDog International Finals in 2019

  • Several placements in UpDog Disc

Melissa Fenmar

Melissa discovered the world of dog sports with her first dog Nya, a Laborador Retriever.  After earning a CGC with Nya, Melissa was looking for something new to keep her dog active.  She began training in agility in 2009.  Her understanding of dog training principles and her upbeat personality earned her a position teaching agility in 2010.

Looking to experience agility with a variety of dog breeds, Melissa added  Nox, a Cattle Dog mix, to her family in 2012 and Kairos, a Border Collie, in late 2013.  Nox and Kairos pushed Melissa to learn more about how dogs learn, and she used that knowledge to think outside the box when working with both her students and her own dogs.  She strongly believes that dog training should not be the "one size fits all" method found at many training schools.  A dog's unique skills and learning style should be celebrated and accentuated, even in a group class setting. 

Melissa is an active competitor in disc, scent work, and agility.  She also has experience helping reactive dogs learn pro-social skills using Behavior Adjustment Training (BAT).

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Melissa's Accomplishments Highlights

Nox

  • Six CPE Agility Trial Championships (CT-ATCH)

  • Multiple titles in NADAC agility

  • NACSW NW1 and NW2

  • Multiple element titles in NACSW

  • Participated in CPE Nationals in 2014 and 2016

  • High in Standard at CPE Nationals in 2016 (Level 4, 20" Enthusiasts)

  • Open Division Champion at Chilly Dog Challenge in 2016

  • Participated in UpDog International Finals in 2017, 2018, and 2019

  • Minnesota Disc Dog Club State Champion in 2017

  • Minnesota Disc Dog Club "Club Cup" winner in 2017

  • 6th place overall in ThrowNGo at UpDog International Finals in 2018

Kairos

  • Multiple titles in CPE agility

  • Multiple titles in NADAC agility

  • NACSW NW1, NW2, NW3 Elite, ELT 1, ELT2, ELT 3

  • NW1 High in Trial

  • Multiple element titles in NACSW

  • Participated in UpDog International Finals in 2017, 2018, and 2019

  • 7th place overall in ThrowNGo at UpDog International Finals in 2017

  • Minnesota Disc Dog Club Reserve State Champion in 2017

  • Minnesota Disc Dog Club Reserve State Champion in 2018

  • 3rd place overall in Freestyle at UpDog International Finals in 2019

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