FDSA Training Camp 2020

Loretta Mueller

Loretta’s Bio and Sessions

about  Loretta Mueller

Loretta Mueller has been involved in agility since 2003 with her first rescue dog, Ace. Since then she has earned ADCHs with 4 border collies — Zip (retired due to back injury), Klink, Gator (achieving his ADCH at the age of 2.5 years), Lynn and Gig. Lynn was 2013 Central Regional Grand Prix 22” Champion, as well as being a steeplechase and Grand Prix semi-finalist. Gig is just starting her career! 

Loretta and her dogs are no strangers to the finals at USDAA World Championships. Since attending her first nationals in 2008, she has competed with one or both dogs in each of the subsequent finals. At the 2012 USDAA World Championships, she had two dogs in EACH of the 3 finals, Grand Prix, steeplechase and DAM tournament.

In addition to working with her border collies, Loretta was the trainer for the famous little Jack Russell terrier Crackers. Crackers has been on IFCS and WAO teams since he was 2 years old. Sadly he had to be retired due to an autoimmune issue.

In 2014, Loretta was chosen to be the assistant coach for the IFCS World Team, which competed in the Netherlands. The team was very successful in this competition with many medals won. 

After their success, she was asked to be Head Coach of the WAO World Team (USA). She has been head coach now for the last 4 years. Again she has helped the team be successful, with many medals won.

Outside of agility, Loretta has trained dogs for USBCHA herding, competitive obedience, rally obedience, and service dog work. Today she runs Full Tilt Dog Training in Brainerd, MN, which she founded in 2007, and travels nationally and internationally giving handling seminars.

Loretta has an ability to work with all different breeds of dogs because she believes there is never a “one size fits all” method in training. She is very good at working with each dog and handler as an individual team to help them succeed. One of her specialties is building drive in dogs who otherwise might be a challenge. She has also helped a number of dog-handler teams overcome unwanted stress-based behaviors. She believes it isn’t just about the handling of the courses, but the entire picture that makes a great agility team!

2020  camp sessions

Day 1: Friday

9:15AM – 10:45AM

Agility Motivation Games Lab

Experience Level: All 

Motivation Games: In this session we will discuss some motivation issues, why it happens and what you can do about it. We will go over several games to help unleash your dog’s inner feral beast. Fun games = Drive!

Day 1: Friday

1:40PM – 3:40PM

Agility Extreme Commitment Lab

Experience Level: All 

This session will focus on getting your dog to understand once cued to a jump, they should stay committed NO MATTER WHAT. How awesome would it be to be able to have 100 percent confidence that your dog will never pull off a jump again?

Day 2: Saturday

9:00AM – 10:40AM

Agility Getting Ahead Lab

Experience Level: Novice and above 

Are you always behind? Do you need to work on trusting your dog to do their job so you can move onto the next obstacle? In this session we will work on plans to not get behind so we can direct our dogs around the course efficiently. Are there skills that you need to teach your dog that will help you not be so far behind? We will identify those things that keep you from staying ahead of your dog.

Day 2: Saturday

1:40PM – 3:40PM

Agility Distraction Work Lab

Experience Level: Novice and above 

Does your dog get easily distracted during agility? Are you not exactly sure how to train distractions without overwhelming your dog? This session is for you! We will work on layering challenges, how to work thresholds and what to do in different scenarios.

Day 3: Sunday

9:00AM – 10:40AM

Agility Transitions Lab

Experience Level: Novice and above 

Do you struggle with getting your dog to turn? In this session we will work on how to go from extension to collection. What exactly is the perfect turn? And how to teach your dog that turning is FUN!

Day 3: Sunday

1:40PM – 3:30PM

Agility Handler Choice Lab

Experience Level: All

Join Loretta for some one-on-one time to work on whichever agility skill you need.  Please note that contact equipment will not be available for this lab.