Hi – I’m Anne Stocum from Fairport, NY. I have been involved in the sport of dog agility for over 15 years. Besides training and competing with my own dogs, I enjoy teaching all levels of agility and helping teams achieve their best through good dog training and consistent handling that builds a solid foundation, and is fun for both handler and dog. All training is a game!
I’ve been influenced by many great instructors including Nancy Gyes, Greg and Laura Derrett, Anthony Clarke, Susan Salo Susan Garrett, Silvia Trkman, Bob Bailey and others. My greatest teachers are my own dogs who have taught me to enjoy the journey and to “think out of the box” when building value for and understanding skills needed for life and agility.
Most of all, my dogs are my pets and companions who give our family great joy and laughter in all the goofy things they do. Here is a little about them, from youngest to oldest:
Tai: is an incredible athlete, best companion dog ever and overall a very happy guy. I have had lots of firsts with Tai…first border collie (with at least a sprinkling of BC quirkiness), first dog over 20 lbs, first dog big enough to counter surf, first dog who was so strong he could easily tug me off my feet, first dog who loves to swim, first dog to chase a bear (twice), first dog to take to the Emergency Vet (twice), first to give me reason to call Poison Control, first dog with an iliopsoas strain (twice), first dog to teach a running dogwalk, first dog who could be nervous around strange people, first dog to watch TV. And since Tai just turned 6 yrs old, I expect there will be more “firsts”. As for dog agility, he has taught me more than I thought I needed to learn! Including how to be humble. His formal name is “Longview Tai”, after the farm he was born on. Little did I know that name would describe our competitive journey. He’s made me a better dog trainer and vastly better handler – to the benefit of me and my students. Thank-you Tai for all the past, current and future lessons.
Breeze (retired): A Shetland sheepdog, Breeze is sweet, friendly, smart, biddable and an amazing athletic. He came into our family at the perfect time for me in my agility journey – so much fun, so many new friends and adventures. Breeze had a long career and basically did it all in the sport. ADCH Mach4 “Breeze” was selected for the 2010 AKC Agility World Team and the 2013 European Open AKC sponsored team and competed two other times on the US European Open Team. Breeze is a three-time AKC Nationals finalist, a four-time USDAA Grand Prix Cynosport finalist and 2-time Steeplechase Cynosport finalist and had many placements in national, regional and international classes. Breeze recently turned 12 yrs old and is enjoying his retirement.
Lacey (deceased Jan 11, 2016): ADCH-Silver MACH “Lacey”, LAA-Silver. Lacey was a confident and sassy girl who was my first agility dog raised from a puppy. Lacey was ranked in the Top 10 U.S. 16” division for 4 straight years in multiple classes and placed in a number of regional and national tournament competitions. Lacey earned both her ADCH-Silver and Lifetime Achievement Award-Silver, versatility titles demonstrating consistent success in all USDAA classes. Just before Lacey’s retirement, she was named the 2009 Performance Grand Prix Northeast Regional Champion and high combined individual winner in Team events.
Last updated March 4th, 2016