Paula Kvarnberg became addicted to agility in 2007 with her then 5-year old Shetland Sheepdog, Duncan. They trained, became a team and succeeded in earning their MACH (Masters Agility Championship). Since then she has added 3 additional shelties to her pack that all compete in agility with titles in AKC and UKI. Brodie, 12, is now retired but was listed as the second fastest sheltie in America at 6 yards per second in Jumpers, Rider, 7, has his MACH2 and working toward his AGCH (Agility Grand Champion), and Bryce, 2, is on his way to his first MACH.
Paula decided early on in teaching that she only wants to be around people who are serious about improving. They don’t have to have the fastest dog, or only a border collie or a sheltie, but they need to CARE. They also need to care about their class mates and supporting them. Agility is HARD and it is so easy to make a small mistake that we have to lift each other up and cheer when things are going right, but more importantly, when they are not. Paula also wants to be around people who want to try new things because she does. She loves to go to world-class trainers, learn new ways of doing things and share with her students. She wants handlers that will try new things knowing sometimes they work with some dogs, and sometimes they don’t, but if you don’t try, your tool box will always be small. She wants to work with people that are FUN. She wants people that want to celebrate because we are lucky to be with our dogs and each other. To Paula that is CONNECT! dog training and she is honored to call those in it her family.
Paula does not follow an exact handling system but believes in being positive and consistent and doing what works best for each individual dog. Paula enjoys being a student of agility and believes in learning from the best: she has taken seminars with Loretta Mueller, Tuulia Liuhto, Timo Liuhto, Minna Martimo, Jane Elene Christensen, Ann Braue, Barb Davis, Dudley Shumate, Jessica Ajoux, Rosanne Wesemann, Kris Seiter, Chris Tucci, Gabrielle Blackburn, Karen Holik, Mary Ellen Barry, Tracy Sklenar, Silas Boogk, Svetlana Tumanova, Diane Patterson and many others. She enjoys teaching agility and has been doing so for the past 8 years and takes great pride in watching her students learn and grow.