Posted Date: April 6, 2016
Jamie Herren and her dog Zip are proud members of the 2016 IFCS Team USA.
The World Agility Championship in The Netherlands is coming up this month! Meet Team Member Jamie Herren and her dog Zip.
Where do you live?
I live in Powder Springs, Georgia, with my boyfriend.
How did you first get involved with agility?
Agility looked like more fun than confirmation, so my very energetic lab and I decided to get into agility.
What made you decide to compete?
I'm a very competitive person. I wanted to push myself to the next level, and that meant moving outside of our backyard.
Do you (or did you) participate in any other dog sports or training with your dogs?
Yes, I used to compete in confirmation shows with my lab. I have done some dock diving competitions with Zip, and plan to start doing some with my new puppy.
Tell us more about the dog you will be competing with as an IFCS Team Member?
Zip is a nine-year-old Border Collie. Zip has taken me to Europe twice before for the European Open and we are very excited to be going to the IFCS World Agility Championships this year as well as 2016 European Open later on.
Does your dog have any quirks or unique habits that you would love to share?
She loves to destroy water bottles. If we don't have an actual toy to celebrate with after a clean run, a water bottle serves as an even greater treat. Zip also has an unusually long nose. When we go into pet stores, she frequently knocks things over when checking them out, entire shelves of things.
Do you have other dogs/pets aside from your IFCS dog? Tell us more about them:
Yes, I do! I have a puppy that is Zip's niece and a quarter horse that I used to compete with in Hunter Jumper shows.
Describe for us what you do in your "other" non-agility life, work life?
I work at a horse stable.
How does it feel to be on the IFCS Team this year?
It is a dream come true to make this team. We were alternates a couple of years ago and are now very excited to have made it.
What are you looking forward to the most at the World Agility Championship event in The Netherlands this April?
We're looking forward to being able to represent the United States of America with an amazing team and have another international experience with Zip.
Do you do anything special to prepare yourself for a big competition?
I basically bubble wrap my dog. I am super-over-protective of her in the weeks immediately prior to competition, driving those around me crazy.
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?
Rather than think of it as a competition in front of people, think of it as something fun to do with your dog. It's a great way to build the bond between you and your partner. The clean runs and wins will come with time and practice, but first you have to get out there and get started.