Patty Wiedeman started teaching classes at Jump Start in 2001. She loves to help people strengthen and expand the bond they have with their canine companion. According to Patty, “There’s a connection that travels from you to your dog. That connection gets stronger with every exercise, every training session, and every trick that you do with your dog.”
Patty teaches all levels of agility, freestyle dog dancing, and rally freestyle elements. In her classes, she uses positive training methods to bring out the best in each dog. These effective methods create focus and a committed partner eager to learn. Patty is known for her cross-discipline approach and her ability to work with a variety of breeds. “I believe in building a toolbox of behaviors and skills that are useful in a variety of dog sports. The right turn you learn in rally transfers directly to a right turn on an agility course. I also tailor lessons and exercises to do what make sense to your dog, whether it’s a Chihuahua or a Doberman. A little dog has a totally different view point from a large dog. We’ve got to train according to your dog’s view and capabilities while keeping it fun for both dog and handler.”
Patty competes in multiple dog sports including agility, rally, freestyle, nose work, IABCA, AKC and UKC conformation and lure coursing. She has a MACH21 dog in agility. She was also awarded the Highest Lifetime Achievement Award in agility for the breed. She has been invited to the AKC Agility Invitational every year since it began in 2006. She has been active in Therapy Dog International (TDI) and has received a TDI Outstanding Volunteer Award. Her dogs performed in Kyra Sundance “Best of 101 Dog Tricks” DVD. She enjoys barn hunt, treibball and other new disciplines with her dog.