Loretta Mueller has been involved in agility since 2003 with her first rescue dog Ace. Since then she has been involved in a variety of dog training activities including USBCHA herding, competitive obedience, rally obedience, service dog training, and agility. In 2007 Loretta started Full Tilt Dog Training in Buckman, Minnesota.
She has achieved ADCH’s with 4 Border Collies—Zip (retired due to back injury), Klink, Gator (achieving his ADCH at the age of 2 ½), and her youngest dog Lynn. Lynn is already making her mark as the 2013 Central Regional Grand Prix 22” Champion, as well as being a Steeplechase and Grand Prix Semi-Finalist.
Loretta and her dogs are no strangers to the finals at USDAA World Championships. Since attending her first Nationals in 2008, she has competed with one or both dogs in each of the subsequent finals. At the 2012 USDAA World Championships, she had two dogs in EACH of the 3 finals, Grand Prix, Steeplechase and DAM Tournament.
In 2014 Loretta was chosen to be the Assistant Coach for the IFCS World Team, which competed in the Netherlands The team was very successful in this competition with many medals won.
In addition to her border collies, Loretta also is heavily involved in helping her husband Andy Mueller train his Jack Russell Terrier Crackers, who represented the US on the IFCS and WAO world teams the past two competitions. Andy and Crackers are no strangers to the podium, having brought home many medals in the US and abroad.
Loretta has an ability to work with all different breeds of dogs because she believes there is never a “one size fits all” method in training. She is very good at working with each dog and handler as an individual team to help them succeed. One of her specialties is building drive in dogs that otherwise might be a challenge. She believes it isn’t just about the handling of the courses, but the entire picture that makes a great agility team!
Loretta's Current and Upcoming Courses
Current and Upcoming classes
AG110 - Introduction to Agility
This class exceeded my expectations. I was taking a once a week in person class and got this at bronze level to supplement it. Not to put down the in person class, we got a lot out of it, but I feel I got even more out of this class. Loretta is so enthusiastic and encouraging while still helping everyone with the big picture down to the tiny details. I'm hooked and I'm just hoping I can grab a gold spot in her next class before it fills up! Lisa H.
The intro to agility class has been so much fun! I was worried at first because it said for agility newbies and I am an experienced handler with a new puppy. However the class exceeded my expectations! I learned so much and had a wonderful time training my pup. I cannot believe how far she has come and the handling moves she is doing with a ground pole. Thanks for another wonderful class! Aileen T
This was my first FDSA course and it exceeded all the great things I've heard about the academy! The format is convenient. The materials were detailed and my instructor was hands down amazing! I will for sure be taking more courses from FDSA. Katie R.
~1.5 years of training in person with one dog, 6 weeks online with this one--catching up fairly quickly! Video (even for bronze students who don't get it evaluated by the instructor) makes a huge difference! The precision of "pause it at 0:43 and look at your feet" totally overshadows the good old trial and error! ~Briana F.
This class was insane! Second by second detailed feedback, tons of emotional support, and my dog's skill level went from "knows nothing about agility" to "WOW!" A world class agility friend of mine reviewed my week five video and said she was stunned by how much we had learned. Awesome course, awesome instructor - just....awesome!
AG 120 - Agility Basics 2
I love working with Loretta. She really goes out of her way to ensure your success - even if that means addressing issues in the video that aren't exactly covered in the materials - what a great find! Thanks for all the motivation you give me to keep on going!
Absolutely amazing to realize what you can learn about teaching skills and handling moves under the watchful eye of Loretta. Everybody made incredible progress and learned detailed and technical skills that go way beyond basics
I did AG110 at bronze and while I learned a ton, I quickly realized I should have gone for gold. Well I got gold for AG120 and never looked back. I love Loretta's detailed feedback. She makes things I couldn't even see before seem simple and apparent. I feel I have grown by leaps and bounds over this very short six weeks. I am not only learning agility, but learning how to analyze my training videos. I really can't say enough good things about this class! Lisa H.
WOW - Loretta Mueller truly cares about her students' success. She provides prompt, detailed analysis and extremely helpful suggestions. I absolutely love her approach to teaching - she knows her subject matter, can explain it with great examples, is able to offer wonderful suggestions for improvement tailored to each student team, and does everything with patience and humor. She also follows up with her students if she hasn't heard from them for a while and has great empathy and compassion with the struggles that people go through in their daily lives. Loretta is one of the best teachers I have ever had for any type of course!!!!!!
I was only Bronze, but I did all the exercises and read all the discussion and homework posts, so I got a tremendous education for the money spent.
AG 200 - Foundation Jumping
Loretta provided excellent materials. I have taken other foundation jumping classes through the years, but this one was best because of Loretta's clear explanations about what to do, what to look for, how to set up and work grids.
Loretta is amazing! I never knew what went into teaching a dog how to jump. In the past it was set the jump out - go over it. I love watching my dog learn and problem solve.
Loretta Mueller is absolutely the best - she knows her sport, explains it well, provides the kind of detailed analysis and recommendations that only an extremely talented teacher can do - and she does all of this with patience, humor and humility. She is a born teacher!
Working through Foundation Jumping over the past six weeks has been an eye opening experience. I took the class not really sure what I was getting into, but thought it would be "fun" to keep the dogs in shape through the winter. Not only did my "new to agility" dog gain confidence and ability in jumping, I saw great changes in my "experienced" dog as well (who was a good jumper to begin with). Loretta gave exceptionally quick feedback, well thought out with great plans for moving forward. She also helped me develop my eye so I feel confident moving forward with the program on my own. As a side bonus to this class, both dogs have built some fantastic muscle over the past six weeks and will look great in the conformation ring, and my "new" dog with very little rear end awareness has grown by leaps and bounds. We have just dabbled starting to train heeling, but throughout this course (with very little "heeling" work) my dog has gone from a major crabber to almost straight in heel position! Tracey B
This course was awesome, whether you already have a jumping problem or if you just want to prevent one. Loved how she explained all of the choices she made, and how she carefully took us through the most basic steps all the way to the end. Well done!