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IFCS 2016 Team Member Profile: Laurie Zurborg

A profile of IFCS 2016 Team Member Laurie Zurborg and her dog Rodent.

We will be featuring regular profiles of all of the IFCS 2016 Team Members. Today we feature Laurie Zurborg and her dog Rodent.

Where do you live? Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

How did you first get involved with agility? With my rescue dog Foster. On the checklist of behavior problems she had every one marked twice. Agility gave her focus and made her tired.

What made you decide to compete? At the time I thought you only did agility to compete, so I went to competitions. It was a complete disaster, she ran off many times, but we persisted.

Do you (or did you) participate in any other dog sports or training with your dogs? I have done traditional obedience, rally obedience, lure coursing, dock diving, and herding.

Tell us more about the dog(s) you will be competing with as an IFCS Team Member? Sir Punk Rodent is about four-and-a-half years old. He was originally born at shelter. He was adopted by one of my clients (I own Wags & Wiggles Dog Daycare & Training Facilities). He had a lot of behavior challenges and he was too much for a first-time dog owner so he joined my pack. Agility has built his confidence and built long lasting relationships with people he was originally terrified of.

Does your dog have any quirks or unique habits that you loved to share? Do you have other dogs/pets aside from your IFCS dog? Tell us more about them:  We currently have eight dogs in our pack, including Gem the Border Collie that represented the USA on the IFCS team for 2015. We have Gumbo the Catahoula who has been a USDAA finalist for many years.

Describe for us what you do in your "other" non-agility life, work life? Our life is work - agility - work - agility - some gardening and cooking. Repeat.

How does it feel to be on the IFCS Team this year? Very excited to represent the USA. Since I was a kid I wanted to be an Olympic Champion and agility provides that avenue.

What are you looking forward to the most at the World Agility Championship event in The Netherlands this April? Meeting new people. 

Do you do anything special to prepare yourself for a big competition? Other than reviewing the judges prior courses and keeping agility fun for Rodent, not much for preparation. We are ready!

People who enjoy agility with their dogs are often intimidated by the idea of competition - what advice would you give them to encourage them to take the plunge? Just do it. Not matter what it will only be your first time once.


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