Posted Date: March 18, 2016
A profile of IFCS 2016 Team Member Jody Lolich and her dog Skillz.
We are featuring regular profiles of all of the IFCS 2016 Team Members. Today we feature Jody Lolich and her dog Skillz.
Where do you live?
How did you first
get involved with agility? I
was competing in flyball and when we got to our facility to have practice there
was agility before us. I thought it looked more athletic than flyball and the
rest is history.
What made you decide to compete? I have a very competitive
nature so you could say it's in my blood. Do you (or did you) participate in any
other dog sports or training with your dogs? Not any longer. I did dabble
Tell us more about
the dog you will be competing with as an IFCS Team Member? Skillz is
just perfect. Balanced temperament, loves to work, super easy to train. I
couldn't ask for a better partner.
Does your dog have
any quirks or unique habits that you would love to share? He smiles - it's very
cute. And will howl when he wants to play agility, it sounds like a wolf.
Are there any challenges
you have faced with your dog that you'd be willing to share and how you both
overcame the challenge and achieved success? I have no start line stay. I
decided to embrace it and learned how to just run.
Do you have other
dogs/pets aside from your IFCS dog? Tell us more about them: Unfortunately not. I lost two
dogs last year four months apart. My heart is still healing.
Describe for us what you do in your
other non-agility life, work life? I'm a full time agility instructor. I
do functional fitness three to four times a week and am thinking about
competing in a Spartan race this summer. I love live music and craft
How does it feel to
be on the IFCS Team this year? Super excited to represent USA again. I'm
proud to be a part of an amazing team.
What are you
looking forward to the most at the World Agility Championship event in The
Netherlands this April? Seeing the tulips. Oh, and beating the
Do you do anything
special to prepare yourself for a big competition? Diet and exercise and get
in great shape.
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? Competition
is good for the soul. Learning how to fail is an important part of life. It's
how you recover that's builds character.