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Susan Barnes and Tanner and Bella , TEAM MYTDOG Trainer 8 Years Training with Team MYTDOG
Our TEAM would not be complete without the spokesdog and leader of TEAM MYTDOG™,Tanner!
Sue and Tanner started their Dock Dog career in 2005 by competing in their first and only event that year, which was help in their home town (at that time), Dubuque Iowa. This event would prove to be the beginning of a passion that we were blessed to experience on an even greater level with 5 National Championships, an invite to World Championships, induction into the Hall of Fame and traveling as far away as Kentucky, Ohio, Colorado, Tennessee and even Vermont to compete in this crazy, addictive sport!
Tanner is a 12 year old German Shorthair Pointer that has made a name for himself on the National Dock Dogs circuit. Here are some of Tanner and Sue's accomplishments:
Shannon Conner & Bella & Tanner, TEAM MYTDOG Trainer 3 years Training with Team MYTDOG
Sue Barnes and Tate (GSP)
Tate is a Rookie....3 years training with TEAM MYTDOG and yet to jump!
Sue Barnes and Tini (GSP) Tini is a Rookie....3 years training with TEAM MYTDOG and yet to jump!
Josh Sinclair and Joseph ( GSP-Lab mix) 6 Years training with Team MYTDOG
Joseph, loves his frisbee, tennis balls, swimming, catching frogs around the pond, having fun.
Joseph's been involved in DockDogs for just over 3 years now. His owner and handler, Josh, got him involved when he discovered just how much Joseph loved the water and loved to jump. The sport helped to harness his energy into a positive and fun activity. Already Joseph has won some ribbons and continues to jump huge during practice but is still feeling his way during the actual competitions. Hopefully 2009 will be a turning point in which he's able to block out distractions while on the dock, and just go BIG!
Sean McCarthy and Jordan (Choc Lab) 2 Years training with Team MYTDOG
Sean McCarthy & Jordan are in their third year with the sport of Dockdogs. Sean works at Culligan of Coralville and lives in Coralville, IA. Jordan is Sean's 4th dog and his first Lab. All of his other dogs were Dachshunds. After his last dachshund passed away in March of 2007, he decided to get a dog that would be a change, so he decided to get a Chocolate Lab for his birthday in April of 2007. After some searching he found Jordan in Fairfield, IA. Jordan was born on 4/17/07, her Mother is Godiva, and her Father is Chip, both chocolate Labs. The first time Sean took Jordan to the dog park she jumped right into the pond and started swimming around. As Jordan grew he noticed that when they would play at the pond, she would jump into the water as far as she could off of the bank, rather than just run into the water. Sean and Jordan met Team MYTDOG at the K9 Splash in Cedar Rapids, IA in August of 2007, and they have been hooked since then.
The follow picture is of Sean and Jordan at their first World Championship event in Stillwater, MN in July of 2008. Jordan is the World Record Holder in Speed Retrieve (4.6 seconds) and the 2008 World and National Champion in Speed Retrieve. She came in 4th place at 2008 Worlds in Iron Dog. Jordan also competes in Discdogs and is in training for agility. They look forward to a great year and hope to meet many more great people and dogs!
Todd Howell & Fuse (GSP) 2 Years training with Team MYTDOG
Fuse was born on August 7, 2005. People ask me why I named him Fuse. His paper name is Howell's Ditch Parrot Dynamite. Once I tell them ditch parrot is slang for pheasant most people like it, and make the Fuse=Dynamite connection. I bought him from Paul Phipps at Boone Valley Kennels. I wanted a dog with a strong natural retrieve and boy did I get it. I think he would rather retrieve than eat. He loves running,retrieving,and water so Dock Dogs is a no-brainer. He jumped for the first time last year at the Sportsmans Classic and was hitting 16 feet by his third wave. I was pretty happy with that considering I had almost no control over him and he never got more than three steps in before he was airborne. If I can get a good sit/stay on him who knows how far he'll be able to jump.
Tamara Alexander and Deke (Chesapeake Bay Retriever) 2 years Training with Team MYTDOG
Deke is a Five year old Chesapeake Bay retriever, who starting into her second season of Dockdogs this year!! Deke’s dream day is a crisp fall day limiting out on ducks. I do believe that her favorite sound is her Dad loading the gun. She enjoys competing in Dockdog events in her off season. She did show everyone that you don’t need those long legs or a run down the dock to still make a 9ft jump. She had a great first year bringing home a Fourth Junior Ribbon from Leon event and a Second place junior ribbon from Blue Springs event. This was more than we had ever even dreamed of doing in our first year of competing. She also set her personal best at 14ft 9 inches. We were able to attend the Nationals in Ohio in October. We not only competed, but even place 8th in the novice division. She jumped into the pool even after they scrapped ice off the dock. We hope to continue getting the hesitation cut down, so we can hopefully set a new personal best this upcoming year.
2009 National Novice 8th place finisher
Leesa Sample and Quincy (Westie) 1 year training with Team MYTDOG
Quincy is a 1 ½ year old Westie and joining Team MyTDog as a rookie. Quincy loves long walks, treats, chasing squirrels and hanging out with his family but looking for something new and different to increase his time in the great outdoors. He thinks DockDogs maybe that “something” that will really rock his world. He has a few things to figure out:
One thing he is sure of, enjoys and its right up his alley; a little friendly competition against his buddy Arden.
Chuck Ross and Loki (Lab) 4 years training with Team MYTDOG
Nancy Ross & Cori (Lab) 2 years Training with Team MYTODG
Leesa Sample & Arden (Westie)
Arden is a 3 year old Westie joining Team MyTDog for her second DockDog year building on her accomplishments from last year. Arden learned she loved to swim (no lifejacket need), had great toy drive (has multiples toys in her bag to keep the action lively) and had no issues with getting down and dirty when ever possible.
Her accomplishments at events were totally for the crowd, full 90 seconds class one act entertainment for the crowd with her handler cheering all the time. Finding every available option to get her toy without jumping off the dock; going under the gates, barking at her handler and standing on the dock in a full rainstorm.
Arden enjoys traveling with the team, supporting and interacting with the crowd. This year her goal is to drive the crowd wild as she gets a few inches off the dock under tail.