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IFCS Team Profile: Ivette White

A profile of one of our IFCS Team alternates, Ivette White.

Where do you live?  

Half Moon Bay, CA

How did you first get involved with agility? 

I had a Dalmatian that had a lot of drive and he needed a job. We did some obedience classes and I really enjoyed training. After several obedience sessions I wanted to do more and my instructor told me about agility. After one class I was hooked! 

What made you decide to compete?

I have always enjoyed competitions of any kind. I showed horses as a teenager. I think I have always enjoyed the adrenaline rush I get from throwing it all down at a competition. 

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

I did a little Go-to-Ground with the Jacks, it was a blast!

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

Roxy is a three-year-old Toy Poodle. This was my first year trying out for the team with her and we earned the alternate spot. We will most likely not be competing this year but we are having a great time supporting the team and will definitely try out again next year. 

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

Roxy is a total clown. A big personality in a tiny body. She loves loves loves empty toilet paper rolls.  She stalks the bathroom to check the roll. As soon as she notices the roll starting to look empty she goes crazy.  

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

I have three Jack Russell Terriers in addition to Roxy. They all had great agility careers, running in many finals at home and abroad. They were such a blast to run.  All of them are pretty much retired from agility. Zip, my rescue Jack Russell Terrier is a multiple World Team Dog and medalist. 

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

I manage a family office and I also manage my husband's software company. 

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

I am honored to have been selected onto the team this year, it is a super group of dogs and handlers. I am over the moon proud of my youngster, Roxy to have made the cut on her first attempt. 

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

I look forward to cheering on my teamies!!

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

Even though we will most likely not be competing this year, Roxy and I are working hard at improving our skills. I have been following along with the training exercises the team has been doing as well. 

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?  

Don't be intimidated, we have all been the "new kid on the block" at some point in our lives. Enjoy the journey that you are on with your dog, wherever that takes you. You may be surprised the adventures your dog will take you on if you let them.


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