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USDAA IFCS WAC Team Member Elizabeth Evans

Elizabeth and her dog, Hemi, are part of the Mini dog team.  By Brenna Fender 

Elizabeth Evans makes her living as an agility instructor in McKinney, Texas. She's part of the USDAA IFCS team with her five-year-old Pyrenean Shepherd, Hemi.

Photo by Woof Wear Photography

BF: What are you doing to prepare for the WAC?

EE: To prepare for the event, I am focusing on the mental game by rereading books like See You at the Top and With Winning in Mind.  We are ready for the agility portion, now I want to make sure I'm in the right frame of mind for a big event like this.

BF: What do you think are your strengths in this competition?

EE: One of Hemi's greatest strengths is her tight turns.  She reads crosses very well and doesn't waste yardage.  She has great handler focus which serves us well in Snooker, our favorite game.  I never worry about her going off course because she checks in with me often.  I expect that skill will help us as we tackle the international courses. As a team, our best asset is the ability to have fun together no matter what!

BF: Tell us something about you that we don't know.

EE: My first real job after college was working on the PBS show Wishbone, which featured a Jack Russell Terrier.  While I worked on the production side of things, I spent as much time as possible with the dog trainers.  I was fascinated by what they could teach him to do!  Wishbone's trainers inspired me to pursue my true love, working with dogs.

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