Julie Symons has been involved in dog sports for about 24 years. Starting with her mix Dreyfus in flyball, she went on to train and compete in conformation, agility, obedience, herding and tracking with her first Belgian Tervuren Rival. Rival was the first CH OTCH MACH Belgian Tervuren and they competed and placed in many regional and national events, winning Ultimate Dog (High Combined in Utility and Agility) at the All Star tournament in 2002.
Julie’s current Belgian Tervuren Savvy has earned a CH, MACH2, UD, TDX, NW3 Elite and is now competing in the new AKC Scent Work program. Earning their TDX and competing in Nose/scent work has intensified their love for scent sports! Julie is an approved AKC Scent Work judge, owning the first Belgian Tervuren to earn the Scent Work Novice level title (SWN) and Advanced Interior, Exterior and Container element titles. Her young Belgian Malinois is well on his way as another versatile teammate, earning his NW1 and SWN and actively training in tracking, obedience, and agility.
One of Julie’s favorite things is a versatile team! She truly believes that participating in multiple sports is enriching to both person and dog and builds on that mutual partnership and trust. Nosework is an ideal sport to compliment your other activities. It’s intrinsically motivating for the dog and it’s also pretty cool to have a pet detection dog!
Julie is a consummate learner and energetic instructor, immersing herself in everything dog training! While teaching agility in the early 2000s, she found how rewarding it was to teach and help others. The simple truth? People just really love their dogs and enjoy doing activities with them. Knowing this helps set the tone for how she runs her classes; giving students ample working time, staying positive when things get challenging, and giving more than 100% of her efforts toward their development. In her other life, she is married with a 13 year old son and works part-time at Xerox as a Software Manager. As a family they enjoy skiing, participating in kid sports and staying home with the dogs! It goes to show that you can “do it all” with just a little bit of planning and smart training.
Julie's personal website and blog can be found here: http://k9rivalry.com/
Current and Upcoming classes
- N101J: NW101 - Introduction to Nosework starting on December 1, 2017
- NW620: Introduction to Handler Discrimination Scent Work starting on December 1, 2017
- N120J: NW120 - Introduction to NW Search Elements starting on February 1, 2018
- OB320: Obedience Starter Games starting on February 1, 2018
- NW640: Advanced Handler Discrimination Scent Work Skills starting on April 1, 2018