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Julie Daniels

jdaniels1Julie Daniels won her first award for writing in the fourth grade, and she was training dogs long before that. 

Today Julie Daniels is one of the foremost names in dog agility in the United States.  She was one of the early champions of the sport and helped many clubs throughout the country get up and running.

In 2015 Julie moved to Deerfield, NH, where she is opening a new business called Kool Kids Agility.

Julie also owns White Mountain Agility, a 90-acre dog heaven in North Sandwich, NH.  That school has operated since 1993, and Julie developed many theme Camps there, including Wild Child, Speed-Em-Up, Novice Genius, and the world-renowned WMA Instructor Certification Course, which has honed the skills of hundreds of teachers and thousands of dogs worldwide.  She is well known as a premier teacher at all levels of play, and she loves all kinds of dogs.

She has titled and won with all sorts of dogs through the years, including two Rottweilers, a Springer Spaniel, a Cairn Terrier, two Corgis, and four Border Collies.  She is the only person to make USDAA Grand Prix finals with a Rottie or a Springer, and she did it two times each.

In IFCS international competition, Julie is a member of two gold-medal-winning teams.  She is a two-time USDAA National Champion as well.  She has won many televised events, including the Purina Incredible Dog Challenge and the ESPN Great Outdoor Games.  Three of her Border Collies, Spring, Clark, and Sport, have made the Challenger’s Round at AKC National Championships.  Julie and Spring are the only team to win the International Class three years in a row at Springfield, the largest agility trial in the US at that time.  Julie and Spring also made an appearance to promote agility on Good Morning America. 

Julie’s current competition dog is MACH2 MAD Sport, who is a few legs from his ADCH in limited showing.  He is a soft dogjdaniels2 who started off “slow and thoughtful.”  Now he pumps himself up to run and shoots off the line like the champion he can be.  Motivation is everything!  Julie also adopted Colt, an untrained adult BC from the northwest who needed a new home.  Colt has cluster seizures but is doing well and is back in training now.  He will be part of the Foundation Weaves course team.

Julie is well known worldwide as the expert commentary voice of Cynosport agility, doing the livestream video broadcasts seen all around the world.

Julie is an expert in the art and science of operant training, and her approach works!  She has always taught “dog’s choice” games as a way to develop agility partnerships.  Her first agility book was published in 1991 and the “dog’s choice” games were actually controversial at that time!  But she was nominated for a Dog Writer’s Award nonetheless and has never waivered in her philosophy.  Julie is the author of three DVDs and four agility books, including an update of her award-winning foundation training book, Enjoying Dog Agility.

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  Student Testimonials    

AG240 - Foundation Weaves

This weaves course was one of the most comprehensive and valuable online classes I have ever taken. It has really helped both my dogs and after being stuck for over a year trying to teach this skill I saw huge improvement after just the first week.         


I am so happy I took this class. Julie is a very insightful and encouraging teacher. My dog and I came to this class with exactly zero experience each on weaves. He has gone from not quite sure about it to happily cantering through a very narrow weave channel and now even has begun actual weaving through the poles. To me this is quite impressive for such a short class. I wish the class would keep going. If it is offered again I would take it again, as I've seen Julie can help you advance no matter what level you are at. Lisa H.             


Love the basics of this course that are designed to create love and desire for the weaves -- not just the ability to get through 12 poles without a mistake. Learned so much and loved every minute. Mary Ann E        


This was a great class. I was hesitant at first to take an online agility class as a green handler with a green dog for a foundations class. As it turns out I was able to get more out of this course with the detailed feedback I got of video analysis and with the overall increased comfort level of my sensitive dog who tends to need to go slower than the pace of in person agility classes. I was extremely impressed and encouraged by Julie's total understanding/acceptance of my dog's mental state/drive/confidence as well as the physical challenges of my non- standard agility breed (Great Dane). She has really brought to light an overall methodology for working with my dog that transfers to everything and doesn't apply to the weaves. I felt that this class was extremely useful for such a technical obstacle and as a beginner it was great to be able to concentrate on it in isolation. I love that I have the notes to review every one of my videos and that it's not up to my on my toes memory as to what feedback I remember from an in person class. This is not meant as a negative to in person agility classes; however this is both a great supplement to in person agility or a fantastic option for those who dont have in person facilities available. Tanya M        


 I have done agility with previous dogs and the bane of my life was the weavers the last thing taught and god I hated them so how was my dog going to enjoy them. This time I am teaching my dog weavers first and we have had a ball she loves to weave and I am amazed at the speed we learnt and how we can now add extra obstacles wow love it Lyn L          


Fantastic course! Warm, exuberant, positive instructor -- Julie Daniels. Specific goals named every step of the way and what to look for as you are heading towards the main goal of the course. I took AG240 Foundation Weaves to test the waters of online agility education in general and Fenzi Academy in particular. My dog can complete the weaves and find his entrances 90% of the time, but his journey through the weaves has been lackluster. Our instructor taught us to look for and recognize confidence every step of the way before moving on. Although we had learned to weave via channels and 2 x 2s before this class, her particular take on successful weaving from the ground up minimized the opportunity for failure, which builds confidence into the equation. Also, with an online class an having lectures available for a year, a student can go at his or her own pace and catch up later. Exceptionally excellent teaching. Videos show how to turn a mistake into a learning moment. Typical and atypical agility dogs (HOORAY!!!) were included in the examples used. My dog and I give it 6 paws up.  

FF470 - Cookie Jar Games

What a great time we had! Fun for the trainer and the dog, which means a win for everyone! When we saw this class offered for the first time, we had to take it - great life skills, not just for performance! Noah even started to refuse his dinners, since kibble was his training treat in the home. He boycotted in lieu of training. He'd enthusiastically eat for games, but turn his nose up if he knew a bowl of kibble meant no games that evening. Highly recommend this class! Robin A.    


Cookie jar games was awesome for my high drive dogs. My 6 yr old dog that's always been pretty good about impulse control benefitted as much as my youngster who is just starting to trial in agility. I loved how my dogs quickly understood how much using some self control paid off and how much they enjoyed these games.            


I'm looking forward to all the ways the cookie jar concept can be incorporated into my training for multiple sports! It is such a versatile concept and SO useful for teaching the dog self-control and how to WANT to work when the handler doesn't have rewards on them. Chris P.            


I signed up to the Cookie Jar games course to try and help my dog with her self-control. Although I don't do any dog sports with my dog as she is fear aggressive to people and dogs I thought this course might help with her confidence and self-control and give us something fun to do during the miserable winter weather. The course was so much fun for both of us and the instructor's enthusiasm and joyful approach to training was infectious and really came through in the comprehensive lecture notes and videos. I have seen real improvement in Bella's self-control while we have worked through this course and a huge increase in her enthusiasm for working with me. She loves her cookie jar now and can't wait to get started, we will keep using these games to help us moving forward. The ability to view the Gold students progress and discussions was very valuable as I managed to pick up some useful tips which really helped us. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone whether they are involved with dog sports or just want something fun to work on with their dog.            


I am a huge fan of Julie's classes. They are all about making the handler think about how to best build confidence and empowerment in the dogs. Julie goes out of her way to consider the specific needs of each dog as she learns them. The games are all great fun, simple to play yet complex in what they teach.

AG170 - Agility from Backyard to Competition 

Fun, engaging, enlightening and thorough are the first superlatives that come to mind to describe Julie's Backyard to Competition class. Julie's passion to guide each handler in bringing out the best in their team is truly notable. Positive training at its best! Thank you Julie! Sally M            


Games, games and more games. Got a dog who goes off course to sniff, is slow off the start line, hates having anything go over their head, won't run unless you have food on you, is stressed in a new environment with strange dogs/people or breaks at the start line? Julie's got a game for that. Through the use of games and the "magical" cookie jar, you and your dog will be well on their way to competing in agility, as a team, with confidence and enthusiasm. Whether you are just starting out, just play agility for fun or are currently competing, you will benefit from this class. I mean who doesn't love games? Christine Y.             


This was the first time that AG170 was offered at FDSA. I went into this class anticipating that it was be a good class but I never dreamed that in 6 weeks we could accomplish so much! Through the games that Julie introduced to us I could see my dog's work ethic for agility grow and grow. Every game introduced was specifically designed to help the agility dog work through all the distractions common at a trial and were so much fun to boot. Julie has a keen eye for seeing just what you need to do, You will work HARD in this class and your current ways of thinking will be challenged. I know mine were. Julie has trained and succeeded with many non traditional breeds so she has a plan that will work for you and your dog. The bonus that I never expected was to have a dog that is really starting to tug! Julie has a game plan for that too. I recommend this course to any agility team getting ready to trial or already trialing and needing to make improvements. Mary Ellen S.         


The course has been enjoyable and very beneficial for both dog and handler. Julie's games and challenges have provided an excellent basis for gaining the dog’s focus on a task and celebrating the reward. I especially found her evaluation of the videos to be helpful. I tend to be critical of myself/my dog and what we did or didn’t do on a particular exercise. Julie's critiques have helped me see the good in what I thought was bad and where the good can even be made batter. My dog started out almost afraid of her own shadow and over the past 6 weeks has been able to deal with strangers in the ring – stationary and wandering as a judge – both at home and in a new environment. She has encountered strangers – adults, children and babies – on the street and in hotel environments and not been reactive for the first time in her life. We still have a lot of work to do but I think Julie has given us guidance and the tools to get the dog's focused arousal into the ring and go after that CJ out there beyond where her leash is waiting. Above all - to have fun doing it! Bob M.


Another awesome course by Julie! Julie is so inspiring and she is such an effective teacher. I'm looking forward to her next class.