Terry Irvin

I am currently showing my  third OTCH dog, Justin, a 7 year old German Shorthaired Pointer, Justin (OTCH Up N' Adam's Just a Dream UDX4 OM6).   Justin has several All Breed and Specialty High in Trials and High-Combineds and he epitomizes the type of obedience dog I strive for in both training and showing; he is a charged, fast and happy worker who is a pleasure to show.

My other Shorthair, Jayde (Ch. Coldwater’s Crown Royal UD), just finished his UD title in February.  He was my sixth Utility dog and fourth UD on a German Shorthair.

Other current obedience dogs:

I am training my Grand Champion Boston, Noah (GCH Eviedobee Crossfire Hurricane CD), through Utility and has his earned is CD.  Noah, who is 4, had a very successful show career in conformation, winning two  Specialties and  60 Bests of Breeds and several group placements.  He was the #4 Boston in All Breed (group) and #6 in Breed for 2011.

My first Boston, Rouster (Ch. Sunglo’s Cosmic Roustabout CDX), is also a champion and finished his CDX title.  Other dogs in my past were:  Sheltie, Breaker ( U-OTCH OTCH Wildwind's Achy Breaky Heart UDX5), Border Collie, Reo (OTCH Oreo UDX6 TD), Shorthair Fritz (Hochland’s Von Fritz UD and Shorthair Wayde (Kempfer’s High Tide UD JH).

Besides 3 OTCH's and a UKC OTCH and 6 UD's, I have finished three UDX's, 7 CDX's and have shown Bostons to five championships and multiple Bests of Breeds, including a Grand Championship. I have earned 26 AKC Obedience titles since I began showing my first German Shorthair in 1990 and have won approximately 70 High in Trials and 70 High-Combineds.

Before moving to Washington in Feb. of 2011,  I taught both competition and pet classes for Emerald Dog Obedience Club since 1998 and was the club's training director for several years, organizing classes, helping with curriculum and coordinating obedience seminars and fun matches.  I also taught classes for Vegas Valley Dog Obedience Club in Las Vegas while living there in the early 1990’s.

My training methods and style are distinctly positive, and I use a lot of food and toys early on and throughout the dog’s career.  I teach students how to use their energy and personality and love for their dog(s) in their obedience training and we try to think of the sport as a platform to show how our dogs can work with joy and enthusiasm, remembering that the AKC rules stipulate that the dogs should display the utmost of enthusiasm and joy in their work!  That is accomplished with careful, sequential training in which the dog is confident every step of the way because the handler is “showing carefully, holding in position and rewarding” early on and gradually letting the dog do more of the work on his own. It’s a careful, intricate process that takes patience but the rewards are immense!

I take on the responsibility of making sure that my dogs are happy and fast and fun to watch in obedience competition, and train/coach students and their dogs in the same way, so that we contribute to our sport being fun for judges, spectators, and colleagues.  I am very passionate about obedience being a fun and intriguing sport!  I love both the process of training, at all stages, and I also love showing/trialing.  I feel that obedience trials are our opportunity to show off the wonderful training our dogs have and the beautiful relationship we have with our dogs.

I love living in Washington, have enjoyed making new friends in the sport of obedience and am thrilled to have so many obedience trials that are within close range!