K9 Xpress Instructors

Bill Cory

William (Bill) Cory coordinates the Advanced/Open agility class at K9Xpress. Bill has been active in agility training since 2002 with his two exceptional Border Collies Jasmine and Dixie. Their training has come from the master teachers at K9X who have generously shared their talents. Seminars and vocal feedback from his dog have rounded out Bill’s training. They have been awarded three Championships consisting of two NATCHs from NADAC and one MACH from AKC. His teaching techniques are based on positive feedback and his classes encourage interchange of ideas from class participants. The frequently spoken phrase “have fun with your dog” is a guiding principle.

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Dominique Stafford

Dominique has been a dog lover since she was very small. Having finally gotten a dog of her very own she insisted on taking all the training there was to offer, including a puppy agility class.

After that class she was curious to try more and took a beginner class in 2010 with the Travis Agility Group. She was hooked and adopted her border collie/dachshund mix, Gigi, in 2011. As many of us say about our own dogs, Gigi taught Dominique everything she knows. Dominique now also has a Border Collie, Vin, and a new Border Collie puppy, Wit.

Dominique started to learn how to teach agility at K9X by shadowing Lori Fennell and Joy Mercier, following them around and asking questions about how dogs learn and how to teach agility.  Currently Dominique is a substitute instructor; in the past she has taught “Level 1: Beginner Agility” and “Level 2: Foundation Skills”.

Dominique currently competes mainly in USDAA in the Masters ring with Gigi and in the Starters/Advanced ring with Vin. When not competing or training her new puppy, she continues to receive formal agility training through classes at HOT Dog Sports and seminars.

Kim Galusha

Kim has been training dogs since 1978 and recently came back from retirement. She competed in obedience for 20 years and started training in agility in 1993. She started competing in AKC obedience but when she and her dogs looked for more excitement in the show ring, agility was the answer. She competed in her first agility trial with her Doberman, Rhetta, in 1994. She has agility trained 8 of her own dogs – Rosa, Rhetta, Wichita, Ezri, Pogo, Trixi, Stella and Lupe – ranging from 9 pounds to 60 pounds.

Kim has experience competing in three agility groups (USDAA, NADAC, AKC) and has competed in the NADAC National Championships twice. Pogo was the highest scoring versatility dog with ZERO faults at NADAC National Championships in 2009, earned 6 NATCH titles and is in the NADAC Agility Hall of Fame. She and her dogs also compete in flyball on Dogz Rule!

L. Joy Mercier

Joy was first introduced to dog agility in 2008 when she enrolled in Beginner Agility at Austin K9Xpress with her Border Collie/Labrador Retriever mix, Amiga. Joy currently trains and competes with her 12″ Sheltie/Terrier mix, Chiquita. She has competed in AKC, NADAC, USDAA, and UKI. In 2015, Joy & Chiquita earned their Agility Dog Championship (ADCH) title in USDAA. In 2016, Joy & Chiqui traveled to The Netherlands as a member of Team USA to compete in the IFCS World Agility Championships.

As an instructor, Joy encourages her students to use positive reinforcement techniques that will strengthen the dog-handler relationship. She strongly believes that a trusting relationship between dog and handler is necessary for long-term success and enjoyment in the sport of agility. As a trainer, Joy “practices what she preaches”, using a combination of treats and play to reward and motivate her dog. As a handler, she uses a motion-based handling system (inspired by Linda Mecklenburg and OneMind Dogs) with a combination of trained and natural handling cues.

Joy has taught “Level 1: Beginner Agility” and “Level 2: Foundation Skills” at Austin K9X. Currently, Joy serves as a substitute instructor. She prefers a mixture of shaping and luring methods to introduce dogs to agility equipment. These methods help develop the handler-dog relationship and give the dog a strong foundation for future independent understanding of performance criteria. When teaching handling, Joy prefers to teach “natural” handling cues (e.g., One Mind Dog) in combination with strong obstacle performance and commitment training.

Lauren Goldberg

Lauren started in agility with her blue heeler, Truco in 2010. She has competed in NADAC, AKC and USDAA venues. At the time of his retirement, Truco had earned many titles in each venue, including all his favorite activities – NADAC TNS-E (tunneling), AKC OAJ (jumping) and USDAA SPG (gambling).

Lauren is currently working with her red heeler, Mojo, working to overcome his reactivity through positive training, relaxation and confidence-building techniques. “Baby” Ziva is attending “Level 2: Foundation Skills” at K9X and classes at HOT Dog Sports. Ziva’s fan club is eagerly awaiting her competition debut when she is old enough!

As the current instructor for the “Level 3: Novice”, Lauren encourages students to improve the timing and frequency of their reinforcements, to not ‘fix’ every mistake, and to communicate precise and timely information to their dog. She has also taught beginner and intermediate level classes.

Lauren  has participated in other dog sports training and competitions (including nosework and tracking) and dog events including Barkitecture, the Mighty Texas Dog Walk and Barks for Beers.

Sue Lindsay

Sue has been a member of K9x since early 2004. She trains and competes with three border collies: Emma June 10 yrs old, Que Sigue 5 yrs old, and Johnny Cash 4 years old. She says her dogs have taught her everything she knows about being an agility competitor.

Aside from agility, Sue’s dogs also enjoy hiking, swimming, herding and hanging out at their small place outside Dripping Springs with Sue and her husband, Steve.