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IFCS Team Profile: Anne Andrle

A profile of 2017 IFCS Team Member Anne Andrle and her dog Super G.

A profile of 2017 IFCS Team Member Anne Andrle and her dog Super G.

Where do you live?

Portland, Maine

How did you first get involved with agility?

I watched the movie "Babe the Pig," decided I wanted a Border Collie, found flyball, and then through some of those folks discovered agility.

What made you decide to compete?

I grew up competing in track and field, and playing football, as well as riding and showing horses, so showing dogs was a natural evolution. 

Do you participate in any other dog sports or training with your dogs?

I started training and competing in flyball, but stopped once the agility bug bit!

Tell us more about the dog you will be competing with as an IFCS Team Member?

Super G is the dog of a lifetime for me! He is everything I have ever wanted in an agility partner and companion and is my soul-mate. 

Does your dog have any quirks or unique habits that you loved to share?

He "pounces" like a coyote as he looks for mice in the snow banks in winter, and also tries to climb trees to look for squirrels.

Do you have other dogs/pets aside from your IFCS dog? Tell us more about them:  

I was a member of the 2008 IFCS team with my dog Ski, who passed away a year ago. Besides Super G, I have a 12-year-old retired Border Collie named Brisk, who has the sweetest temperament. Super G loves her very much!

Describe for us what you do in your "other" non-agility life, work life? 

I am a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in a Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Maine Medical Center in Portland, ME. I review patients and make rounds with physicians and recommend on appropriate drug therapy, I also teach students and residents on cardiology specific pharmacotherapy, and develop drug policies and protocols. I also teach weekly agility classes as well as seminars and workshops.

How does it feel to be on the IFCS Team this year?

I'm very excited to have made this team with my young dog, carrying on the tradition after being on the team with Ski in 2008. I think she would be proud of the pup she helped to raise!  

What are you looking forward to the most at the World Agility Championship event in Spain this April?  

Having connected, amazing runs!

Do you do anything special to prepare yourself for a big competition?  

For Super G, I like to go back to basics: proof contacts, work weave entries, focus on specific handling skills, refine verbal cues, etc. I like to compete right up to before the event, as it keeps "me" sharp. For myself, I try to work on my mental game and practice yoga as frequently as possible to keep me grounded and focused. 

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? 

Often, people are worried about how they look, or what others might think of them if they or their dogs make a mistake on course. I try to remind them that most people that see any of these mistakes are not "judging" them; most of us are busy taking care of our own dogs and preparing for our own runs, and likely are not going to remember every detail of someone else's mistake.They are bigger in our minds than they are in others. And finally, I try to encourage people to have ONE goal (start line stay, staying connected with your dog, playing with them after the run, etc.), instead of focusing on the almighty "Q" to try to take the pressure off. Have fun with it! That's why we all started agility in the first place, because it was fun! It's important to remember that, whether you are a first time Novice, OR a World Team Member!

Do you have a favorite dog from a book, movie, TV-show or video game?  

Without a doubt: Lassie! When I was shopping for my first dog after graduating from my Doctoral program, I looked at a couple of Collie litters. 

Watch a video of Anne and Super G:


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