Cathy Slot & Agility Success
Cathy has been
competing, teaching/instructing, judging and administrating Agility
for 20 years and has been a professional Agility instructor and
workshop presenter for 10 years. She is the current
Chair of the Agility Dog Association of Australia Ltd (ADAA), a
member of ADAA's Judges Management Committee and a successful
Agility handler with a her dogs. Other achievements include
being a Judge at the 2008 IFCS World Agility Championships (WAC) in
Belgium and 2013 IFCS European Championships in Spain
together with Australian Team Captain at the 2010 and 2012 IFCS
World Agility Championships held in the United Kingdom and USA
Over the last 20 odd years Cathy has witnessed
the sport grow and mature from the handler running a simple course
of nine obstacle with the dog on the left, to the complex 20
obstacle courses of today requiring better skilled dogs and handlers
with precise turns and strong strategies. Cathy's long
involvement with Agility in all aspects has placed her in a good
position to understand the needs of not just those aspiring to win a
National Championship or a World Agility Championship, but to also
connect with the grass roots and handlers new to the sport!
Cathy was (and remains) at the forefront of Agility
training in Australia, bringing Susan Garrett (Say Yes Dog Training)
to Australia for the first time and then for introducing Greg
Derrett. Cathy remains a fan and student of Greg's handling
system and Susan's methods of training. Cathy's respect and
admiration for these two people are apparent by regularly bringing
them (and their instructors/colleagues) back to Australia to
continue improving her own skills/knowledge, allowing Cathy to pass
on many of their ideas.
As a clicker trainer for the past 15 plus
years, Cathy has an understanding of how to use this tool to
its best advantage (including when not to use it). Cathy
believes the clicker is a tool, and not a magic wand, to be used to
solve problems requiring precise timing. According
to Cathy the real learning for the dog comes through the
handler providing a high rate of reinforcement and through placement
of the reward.
Many seminar presenters in the Agility world
specialise in either "training" (clicker, contacts, poles, start
line) or "handling" (Front Cross, False Turn, Lead-out Pivot).
Cathy's learning through her own dogs and many years as a club
instructor (including developing her local club's training
programme) allow her to teach first hand with authority in the two
different realms of "handling" and "training".
Auditors (watching with no dogs) are encouraged to
walk the sequences and participate at Cathy's seminars.
Booking and Fees
Cathy does not charge for traveling days or
days off. Cathy's daily rate can vary depending on the
country, venue, time of the year, number of days required and her
own busy schedule/calendar!
Please contact Cathy (e-mail best method) to
ask about dates/availability and to request a daily rate/fee.
Basic Shaping Skills
Advanced Shaping Skills
Double Box Jumping/Handling skills
Weave Poles (Susan Garrett 2 x 2 method)
Contact Training (Susan Garrett nose touch to
Jumping Grids (Susan Salo method)
Phone: +61 7 3202 2361
Fax: +61 7 3281 0016
Mobile/Cell: +61 448 815