Anne and the girls at the 2015 Invitational

Anne with Kylie and Maizey at the 2015 Invitational

Anne Swan teaches Agility, Rally Obedience, Reliable Recall, Fun with Focus classes for GVDC and occasionally offers Competitive Obedience classes as well. Anne earned her CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed) Certification through the international organization of the Certification Council of Pet Dog Trainers in 2008. Canine Behavior is a field that Anne finds fascinating, and attends conferences and seminars annually with many of the top Behaviorists both Nationally and Internationally.

After graduating from UC Santa Barbara, Anne discovered her love for training dogs when she added a spunky Cattle Dog mix named Kiwi to her life. Anne has been training and competing in Agility for the past fifteen years and Rally Obedience for eight years and has truly enjoyed the time spent working with her dogs Kiwi, Zip, Kylie and Maizey. Together, Anne and her dogs have earned multiple Champion titles in AKC and USDAA Agility, Flyball, and in Rally Obedience as well. They have also attended several National Championship competitions around the country for AKC and USDAA Agility. Anne feels so fortunate to have had amazing dogs as teammates for dog sports, exercise buddies for trips to the beach and on hikes, and companions to spend time with at home.

Anne’s Teammates

Kylie

MACH6 SwanSong’s Pretty Brilliant MXS2, MJS2, MXF, TQX, T2B5, APD, ATD Silver, ARCH, RL3, RL1X, RN
Anne & Kylie winning the 2014 16" Performance Grand Prix Finals

Anne & Kylie winners of the 2014 16″ Performance Grand Prix

Kylie is an Australian Cattle Dog and is 10 years old. Kylie is very smart yet sensitive, she loves to perform her various tricks for treats, she learns new things quickly and is a little spitfire on the agility courses. Kylie likes to do just about everything in her life very quickly; she will zoom around an agility course and bolt down the beach in a flash.

Photo by Contact Point Photography

Photo by Contact Point Photography

Kylie on the dogwalk

Photography by M

Kylie loves training and trialing in Agility and took to it very quickly as a youngster. Kylie has competed in the USDAA Cynosport Championship in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2014. One of Kylie’s career highlights was winning the Performance Grand Prix Finals at the Cynosports National Championship in 2014. In 2008 Kylie earned a spot in the Performance Speed Jumping Finals at the 2008 USDAA Cynosports Championships, she finished 5th overall. In 2009 Kylie and Anne paired up with another friend and her Australian Cattle Dog for the PVP Team Event at the Southwest Agility Regional Championships, where they finished 1st overall. At the 2009 USDAA Championships, Kylie and her teammate finished 6th overall in the PVP Team event out of 116 teams. Kylie competed at the 2014 USDAA Western Regionals, where she was the 16″ Performance Biathlon Champion, and Performance Speed Jumping Champion.

Anne & Kylie doing Rally, photo by Nancy Latthitham, Gold Coast Photography

Photo by Nancy Latthitham, Gold Coast Photography

Kylie also competes in AKC Agility, and was the #5 Australian Cattle Dog in the USA for 2011, ranked #3 in 2013 and 2015, and was invited to the AKC Agility Invitational for 2012, 2014 and 2015. In March 2015, Kylie and Anne were Finalists at the AKC Agility National Championships in Reno, NV, finishing 5th out of 230 dogs in the 16″ division. In October 2011, Kylie earned her first AKC MACH title, the highest title in AKC agility that the organization offers. She was also the Agility High in Trial ACD at the Australian Cattle Dog National Specialty in October 2010 and 2013. Kylie finished her Rally Novice title with top scores at the 2010 ACD Specialty, and competed as part of a 4-dog partnership for Team Rally too. Kylie competes in APDT Rally as well and finished her Rally Championship title in 2008 with top scores.

Anne feels fortunate to have such an enthusiastic and talented partner in Kylie. She is a nice blend of athletic and sweet and is a loving, mellow couch potato at home who loves her food and treats. Running along an open beach and swimming either in pools or through the waves make her very happy – usually accompanied with joyous barks. Kylie’s best role is as Anne’s velcro dog, always by her side.

Maizey

MACH9 SwanSong’s Kiss from Kiwi MXC2, MJC2, MXF, T2B7, MAD, TM, RN, CGC


Maizey is a 7 year old Australian Cattle Dog and Kylie’s half sister. She joined the Swan family in May of 2009 and quickly made herself at home. Maizey is kind, intelligent, athletic and has a funny sense of humor.

She is especially handy around the house, if she hears me drop something, Maizey will come trotting in and pick things up off the floor and hand them to me⏤she seems to really enjoy this. Maizey enjoys having her active mind put to work and has a repertoire of various tricks and skills that she will happily show off to anyone who wants to watch. She is an outgoing and friendly girl, and enjoys saying hi to her friends and meeting small dogs. I love spending time with Maizey, she is silly and fun and brings laughter to the household every day. Maizey’s most favorite thing to do is running up and down the beach with her sister Kylie, and they both love swimming in the waves for a tennis ball.

Maizey Purina Incredible Dog Challenge

Photo by Caroline Fenton Photography

Maizey is a very accomplished agility dog and in 2013, she was ranked the #1 Australian Cattle Dog in AKC Agility. Maizey has earned the chance to compete in the AKC Agility Invitational in Orlando, FL in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. Maizey earned a spot in the Invitational Finals in 2012, 2014, and 2015 and also was the #1 Australian Cattle Dog at the Agility Invitational for those three years as well. Maizey also competes in the USDAA agility organization, and in 2014 she finished 3rd in Steeplechase Finals and 2nd in Grand Prix Finals at the Southwest Regionals. Later in the year, Maizey competed at the USDAA Western Regionals and once again finished 3rd in the Steeplechase Finals and 2nd in Grand Prix Finals. Maizey competed at the 2014 Cynosport Championship and earned medals in Team Standard and Snooker, and made the Finals in Team and Biathlon as well.

Maizey started her agility trialing career in 2010, enjoying playing the game and quickly moving up the ranks. In October 2011, Maizey earned her AKC MACH title, the highest title in AKC agility, and became the youngest Australian Cattle Dog in history to earn this. Maizey is my first dog with multiple MACH titles, and I am so proud of my super girl!

Beach girlsIn June 2012, Maizey and I competed in Agility in the Purina Incredible Dog Challenge Western Regionals and finished in second place by 4 tenths of a second! At the 2012 AKC National Agility Championships in Reno, NV, Maizey ran clean in all of her runs for that weekend and finished 20th out of 150 dogs in her division. In October 2010 and 2013, Maizey competed in Agility and Rally at the Australian Cattle Dog National Specialty. At the 2010 Specialty, she earned the award for Fastest Time Overall in Jumpers with Weaves the first day, and had numerous High ACD in Class awards for Agility. Maizey won a Novice Rally class, and was part of a 4-dog team that won the Team Rally class at the Specialty. When not doing agility, Maizey loves going for trail runs with my husband, Mike, and romping on the beach is her all-time favorite activity. I am looking forward to more fun with Maizey in both Agility and Rally, and am so happy to have such a fun-loving teammate.

Avid

Game On’s Ambition to Wynn

Avids headshot

Photo by Mia Grant

Avid is a 6-month old Border Collie, and the newest addition to the Swan family. Avid is active, intelligent, playful, athletic and sweet – sometimes she is quite silly with a funny sense of humor. If not kept busy, she will find things to occupy herself – usually finding a treasure out of the recycling container to play with in the yard. Avid came from Game On Border Collies in Illinois, and is a half-sister to Mia’s boy, Rich.

Photo by Anne SwanAnne is working on Avid’s foundation and social skills, plus a few tricks and games with her toys. Avid is a quick learner and a very fun puppy to play with. She enjoys romps on the beach, playing tug or retrieving her ball, chasing water from the hose nozzle, and wrestling with her sister, Maizey. Avid likes to start each day with a few yodels and silly sounds which are very endearing.

Anne and Mike are so thrilled to have Avid in the family, and look forward to a fun and bright future with this special girl.

Zip

PC’s Zip Drive ADCH, ATD Bronze, AX, AXJ, RAE, TM, ARCHX, RL3, RL2X, RL1X2, FDCH, OGC, CD, RE, CGC, TDI, AXP, AJP
Zip barking while jumping triple, photo by Richard Todd

Photo by Richard Todd

Zip is a 14 year old blue-merle Border Collie and is quite a character. He likes to remind Anne that a sense humor and patience are necessary qualities when training dogs. He has a zest for life and brings his high level of energy and heart to both agility and obedience.

He competed at the 2005 USDAA Agility National Championships by qualifying for the Steeplechase, the Grand Prix and the DAM (Dog Agility Masters) team competition. Zip qualified into the semifinal round of the Grand Prix at the USDAA Nationals by placing very well among some of the fastest dogs in the sport. In addition, he competed in the 2006 USDAA Nationals and won the Semifinal Round of the Performance Grand Prix and earned a spot in the Performance Grand Prix Finals. He won the 16” Performance Power and Speed class in 2006 as well. Zip had a great year at the 2008 USDAA Agility National Championships and finished 4th overall in the European Standard class. Zip participated in the 2009 USDAA Agility Championships, qualifying to run in PVP Team, Performance Grand Prix and Performance Speed Jumping. Zip competes in both AKC and APDT Rally Obedience, and has been nationally ranked in APDT Rally from 2005-2008. In AKC Rally, Zip finished his RAE Championship title in 2011 at the age of 12 years old, performing beautifully while dealing with a cancer diagnosis at the same time. In 2006, Zip became the #1 Nationally Ranked RL1 Dog, as awarded by the APDT Rally organization. In 2008 Zip has earned his APDT Rally Championship titles, both the ARCH and the ARCHX. Zip competes in AKC Rally Obedience at the Excellent Level. He also earned his ASCA and AKC Novice Obedience titles, has several titles in Flyball and is a certified therapy dog.

Zip’s greatest asset is his immense desire to try and keep trying, his desire to please sometimes outweighs his ability—this special quality is called “heart” and it cannot be trained, animals either have it or they do not. Zip has a great deal of heart and Anne appreciates his resilience as he was a large part of her learning process.

Zip has a great deal of heart and Anne appreciates his resilience as he was a large part of her learning process. He is now retired from competitive dog sports, and enjoys long walks on the beach and the trails—Zip’s favorite past-time these days is taking his time in sniffing all the things he finds interesting.

Zip made many cross-country trips with Anne, Mike, Kylie and Maizey over the years. He enjoyed seeing new places and was a great traveler. One of his most favorite places to visit was Mike’s parents’ property in Olympia, WA. He would spend summer days and nights walking all over their 7-acre wooded property, checking out the interesting smells and the expansive view of the Puget Sound. In September 2014, Zip crossed over the Rainbow Bridge to be reunited with Kiwi. He is so dearly loved and missed by Anne and Mike. Zip was such a special dog, an enthusiastic teammate, and a cherished family member. His zest for life and enduring spirit lives on in the many years of fond memories that Anne and Mike were fortunate to share with him.

Kiwi

SwanSong’s Kiwi MX, MXJ, PDIII, ATD, NGC-V, NAC-V, FM
Kiwi at the beach, photo by Richard Todd

Photo by Richard Todd

Kiwi has been a skilled and patient teacher and was Anne’s first official Agility and Flyball dog. Kiwi was ranked in the Top Ten Australian Cattle Dogs in Agility for several years and in 2004 she became a National Champion in the 16″ Standard Agility class at the Australian Cattle Dog National Specialty. Kiwi was also a National Finalist in the Performance Grand Prix at the 2004 USDAA Agility National Championships in Arizona. Kiwi became a National Champion by winning the Performance All-Around Standard class that year and her second place finish led to Reserve Champion in the Performance All-Around Jumpers class at the 2004 USDAA Nationals. Kiwi returned to agility after a tendon injury and surgery and competed in the 2004, 2006 and 2007 USDAA National Agility Championships. She qualified into the Semifinals of the Performance Grand Prix and finished 8th overall in 2006.

Kiwi retired from Agility in early 2008 and crossed the Rainbow Bridge in March of 2009. She is deeply loved and dearly missed and Anne is eternally grateful for the adventures and fun they shared together. Kiwi was Anne’s close companion, teacher and teammate and Kiwi’s love for a ball was one of her trademarks.