FDSA Training Camp 2020

Megan Foster

Megan’s Bio and Sessions

about  Megan Foster

Megan has been involved in the dog sport world nearly her entire life. Though her family did compete in obedience, agility was Megan’s passion right from the start. With over 20 years experience, she has competed with a variety of dogs, including an American Eskimo and West Highland White Terrier, Shelties, Border Collies, and Parson Russell Terriers, and has worked with an even larger variety of breeds.

She got her first dog, a Sheltie, when she was 7 years old and since then she has competed with six of her own dogs and seven dogs belonging to others. Her accomplishments include many ADCh (USDAA Agility Dog Champion) titles, MACh (AKC Master Agility Champion) titles, Regional and National Championships, and representing the US on the European Open in 2015.

Megan was also a USDAA judge for over 10 years, providing valuable insight into course design, course analysis, and handling styles throughout the United States.

Megan has been teaching agility full-time, in person and online, for 6 years, through her training school, Synergy Dog Sports. Her passion for sharing knowledge with her students drives her to constantly be learning, growing, and evolving. Megan became a OneMind Dogs Assistant Coach in 2016 and finished her Coach Certification in 2018.

She believes in developing a system of communication based on the dog’s perspective and what dogs naturally understand and then individualizing that system for the humans that train and run them. Synergy Dog Sports is named for the truly great things a team can accomplish together when they focus on using the strengths of both the dog’s mind and body and the handler’s mind and body, and improving on any potential weaknesses.

Megan currently has three dogs of her own: Smack (11-year-old Border Collie), Shock (7-year-old Border Collie), and Shrek (3-year-old Parson Russell Terrier) and lives with her partner, Graham, and his dogs, Skittles (11-year-old Sheltie) and Skrik (4-year-old Border Collie) in Stanwood, WA.

For more on Megan, please visit her website: www.synergydogsports.com.

2020  camp sessions

Day 1: Friday

11:00AM – 12:30PM

Reinforcement Strategies for Agility Lab

Experience Level: All

Clean up your agility training loops! Rewarding from your hand versus on the line versus pre-placed at the obstacle makes a big impact on the dog’s performance. Come learn how to teach the strategies, choose the optimal strategy, and how to progress each strategy from micro-skill to advanced coursework.

Day 3: Sunday

11:00AM – 12:40PM

Cookie Slingers Anonymous: What Was THAT cookie For? Lab

Experience Level: All

Dogs love their rewards and humans love handing them over! However, once we get into the competition ring, bye bye cookies! If your dog is struggling to give you high quality work for delayed reinforcement, this lab is for you! In this lab, Megan will walk students through introducing delayed reinforcement concepts to your dog’s work and increase the amount of work your dog can give before earning their reward. Suitable for any level/sport as long as the team has 3-5 well-known behaviors to use during working time.