In 1992 Cheryl Carter was looking for something fun to do with her mixed breed dog Wishes. Back then most dog sports (Obedience, Tracking, etc.) were for purebred dogs only. That’s when Cheryl found the sport of agility. And from then on she was hooked!
Cheryl has trained several different breeds of dogs and has helped her dogs achieve many titles. The dog that started it all, Wishes, was retired in 2000 and now waits at the Rainbow Bridge. With Cheryl by his side Wishes attained several titles in his lifetime.
Since Wishes, Cheryl has trained many BC’s, including Shamus, quite a fun loving dog, who passed away in January of 2009.
Willow the Wisp of Narnia, now 12 ½ , yet another extreme BC, retired from agility to pursue her love of herding and obedience (currently still going strong with Rally).
Willow’s daughter, Hijacker’s Air Express, (aka Pandy) who earned her NATCH on Cheryl’s birthday … How’s THAT for a birthday present? Pandy lives for agility and loves every minute of it, sometimes to the extreme. Cheryl has taught her incredible distance and problem solving that she has learned from Sharon Nelson and Becky Woodruff of NADAC.
Her up and coming agility prospects are the Three Pupsketeers, 6 month old Frost, Magick and Swift. They have all started agility training under Amanda Nelson’s programs, all are clicker trained, and are progressing by leaps and bounds. Cheryl is handling Magick, Swifty is with his new found teammate Karen Pederson since Kai’s passing in April 2009, Swifty is Kai’s brother so keepin it all in the family! and Frosty with his special girl Madeline and junior handler who also runs an awesome Shih-Tzu name Hercules.
Besides agility, Cheryl is currently active with the rest of her pack in Herding, Flyball and Obedience with a bit of trick training mixed in.
“I love to get into the dog’s minds and love to see that light bulb turn on in both the dog and handler. Watching my students grow and learn is the greatest gift I could ever ask for.”