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IFCS 2016 Team Member Profile: Jody Lolich

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.



Questionnaire:

Where do you live? Melissa, TX 

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 in herding. 

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 beer. 

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 Russians!!! 

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. 

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