it comes to establishing extraordinary relationships with dogs,
Terri Arnold stands apart from all others. Dog obedience
enthusiasts know that Terri's own dogs are a living testimony to
her exceptional canine communication skills. Dog show rings are
thick with spectators when she enters; her performances are a blend
of precision, artistic expression, and lots of attitude. But most
importantly, Terri's students continually demonstrate that her true
gift is the ability to guide them to exceptional relationships with
their own dogs - resulting in countless titles, top scores and national
quite frankly, those utilizing Terri Arnold's training theories
and methods dominate the obedience ring, and that's no accident.
Terri's own students include a wide variety of dog enthusiasts;
from professional trainers with their own training schools, to students
who want to reach their own personal goals. More recently, agility
enthusiasts have been seeking Terri's instruction in an effort to
master split-second control, while increasing speed, enthusiasm
and visual accuracy. And while Terri sees many of the popular dog-sport
breeds (Border Collies and Golden Retrievers), she relishes those
moments when she is able to have a student bring out the joyous
personality of a previously unresponsive partner . Often, Terri
and a new student focus on "damage control;" undoing what
might have been years of counterproductive training to uncover the
"real" dog and allowing them to shine brightly. Many of
her top students have traveled this path. Terri strives to inspire
all those competing with dogs regardless of their level of expertise
or goals. Her viewpoint is exhilarating; those who know her say
it's also exhausting!
own competition dogs have included an Irish Setter, a
Shetland Sheepdog, a Poodle and three Golden Retrievers. All have
earned multiple High in Trials and national tournament (Gaines/Cycle/Puperoni/World
Series) wins and placements. Judges have awarded her 25 perfect
scores on four different dogs. In 1997, the team of Terri Arnold
and her Golden Retriever "Naughty" won the coveted "American
Kennel Club Invitational," or as the network television news
broadcasters reported "North America's most obedient dog is
"Naughty!" But if you think Terri is one of those training-addicted
competitors who dedicates all her non-teaching time to training
her own dogs, you'd be wrong. Terri admits that too much training
can be a bad thing, and much prefers to take long walks with her
dogs in the woods.
Terri became involved in the sport of agility. In her own words," I can not believe that I have found another passion". So with great intensity, Terri began to learn about this wonderful sport and now has put a Master Agility Championship on both her agility dogs, Striker and Zap. Terri has qualified for for nationals two years in a row. The first year Terri and Zap placed second. and were seen on Animal Planet. This year Terri competed with two dogs. Terri and BC Striker won fourth place and once again, they appeared on animal planet.So with great joy, Terri is engrossed to learning as much as possible about this exciting sport of dog agility. Terri's students are burning up the agility rings with many wins and titles. Some of her students have also achieved the coveted "MACH Title! Once again, Terri is proving that her training methods work on all types of dogs!
author, Terri's three volume set "Steppin' Up to Success"
reveals a lifetime of method evolution and development. Published
in 1995 and intricate in design, it is considered a bible to many
competitive trainers and is in constant demand. For those training
alone, the books are an absolute necessity. Further development
of her theories and methods have resulted in a new book, due to
be published in late 1999. Additionally, Terri publishes an informative
quarterly "Steppin' Update," which provides further insight
on training problems and identifying solutions.
For the past 15 years, Terri has presented seminars and
workshops for beginner students through advanced dog trainers throughout
the U.S. and Canada. Three and five-day camps are always sold-out
events; many students return year after year for instruction and
light-hearted comparative. While seminars and workshops have been
geared towards obedience trainers and will continue to, last year
Terri introduced a new seminar "Behavior and the Performance
Dog." This seminar takes a step back from obedience and focuses
on the core of Terri's long-standing philosophy - dogs absolutely
delight in doing what they love - let's have them love what we do!
By understanding how dogs interpret their world and honestly exploring
our relationships with our dogs, ourselves and others, we can establish
a firm foothold on the one thing most needed most when competing
in any canine sport - a solid and rewarding relationship that glows
with mutual respect and clear communication. "Behavior and
the Performance Dog" has had a profound effect on audiences,
often providing participants with the tears and courage to "break
through" to this next step to personal excellence. Watch for
these exciting seminars.
While over the
years dog shows have changed, rules have been modified, and classes
have been added, one thing remains constant - no amount of bribing
or force to achieve any title or score can ever replace the feeling
of having a fabulous relationship with your dog and exhibiting your
As Terri constantly
reminds others - she once was a beginner and showed a Novice A dog!
The only difference is the road she has traveled, the stops along
way . . . and her ultimate destination.