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Amber Abbott
Amber has been actively training and competing in agility since 1995. She has trained and shown a variety of breeds including Border Collies, Jack Russells, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Labrador, Australian Shepherd, Australian Kelpie and mixed breeds.

She competes in NADAC, USDAA and AKC, earning Championship titles in all 3 venues.

Amber and Joker were the National winners of the 2010 Purina Incredible Dog Challenge Weave Pole Challenge and came in 2nd place in the Weave Pole Challenge at the 2011 Purina Incredible Dog Challenge Nationals. Amber and Joker were the winners of the 20+ class at the 2012 NADAC Championships and were finalists at the 2012 AKC Nationals.

Amber won the NADAC Championships 12" Elite class in 1999 with her Jack Rat terrier Riley and again in 2008 with her Staffy Pokey. Amber and Pokey repeated that feat in 2009 and won the NADAC 12" Versatility Championships! She has competed in the Incredible Dog Challenge with multiple dogs and made the final round of the USDAA Championships with three different dogs.

Since 1996, she has taught agility in the Phoenix area and in Tucson, with positive reinforcement, patience and all about the attitude.

She is a totally supportive teacher who is very proud of her students' accomplishments. Many of her students have achieved Championship titles in multiple organizations, made the finals at National competitions, and one has even been on the AKC World team!

Photo by Travis Russon


Alicia Nicholas
Alicia believes that dog training is a journey. Her path started with two corgis, Annie and Moose, in 2000 and wound its way to Pickle, a border collie with one eye and some high level agility goals. Currently she experiences life through the jokes of her vallhund, Hunda, Border Collies Bob and Peep, and Papillion Ishy Von Ho.

Alicia is competitive in agility, obedience and herding and enjoys teaching tricks through shaping. She competes in several agility organizations and has earned a MACH, ADCH, 2 APDs and has been in the finals multiple times in USDAA Grand Prix, Steeplechase and at the AKC Championships. She was a member of the 2013 AKC World Team with her Papillion. She has also earned several titles in obedience and herding.

In her spare time, Alicia teaches high school chemistry and enjoys running, boxing, and working out.


Traci Johnson
Traci has been training her dogs in agility since 2008. She competes with her Border Collie and Labrador in USDAA, AKC, and DOCNA. She has a Championship title in USDAA. Besides agility, Traci competes with both her dogs in obedience, rally, and dock diving where they both have earned multiple titles. She also has an up and coming rescue Border Collie pup.

When not training dogs, Traci works part time as a pediatric physical therapist, volunteers with Foster Care Review Board, and visits adult day programs with her dogs for pet therapy. Traci loves to run with the dogs. Her new goal is to complete a dog friendly marathon with the 2 older dogs.


Jeannine Doepke
Jeannine has been competing in agility since 2002. She has shown her mixed breed dog in NADAC and USDAA where they earned Championship Titles.

Her Border Collies Jack and Roy also earned multiple Championship titles in NADAC and USDAA. Jack is an accomplished NADAC dog having won the 20+ Elite Class in the 2008 and 2009 NADAC Championships and winning the 16" Veterans division in 2010. Jeannine and Jack were invited to participate in the 2006 Purina Incredible Dog Challenge Western Regionals where they placed third in the 60 Weave Pole Challenge.

Jeannine is currently competing with her Border Collie, Jill, who has Championship titles in NADAC, USDAA, and AKC. Jill was a Steeplechase finalist at the 2012 USDAA Nationals and a finalist in both Steeplechase and Grand Prix at the 2013 USDAA Nationals. Jill won the Large Dog Agility competition at the 2011 Purina Incredible Dog Challenge Nationals and placed 3rd in the Weave Pole Challenge. Jill won the Weave Pole Challenge in both the 2012 and 2013 Purina Incredible Dog Challenge Nationals.

In addition to running her own dogs at agility trials, Jeannine is often asked to handle dogs for other people.

Jeannine credits much of her success to the instructors at LeapsNBounds.

Jeannine's goal as an instructor is to make training fun for both her students and their dogs.

Photo by BAM Photo


Denise Titzer
Denise has been training her dogs in agility since 2001. She started competing in NADAC and USDAA in 2002 with her Catahoula. She also trained and competed with her mixed breed and her Miniature Pinscher. Denise currently competes with her Border Collie in NADAC, USDAA and AKC where they have earned Championship titles.

As an instructor, Denise wants to help her students and their dogs to reach their desired level of competition while having fun along the way.