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Chris’ love of agility, dogs and teaching shows in his attention to each student and his ability to bring out his student’s best performances. With his easy-going nature, Chris teaches his students with patience and understanding and stresses the importance of great mechanics.
Chris structures his teaching with clear, straightforward instruction that enable each student to learn at his/her own pace while pushing you to work outside of your comfort zone. He will not let his students get away with mediocre handling & mechanics. Chris teaches with positive reinforcement techniques utilizing a motion based handling system. Chris is able to adapt his training to tailor to individual student needs and physical abilities, which allows everyone to progress at their own pace.
Chris took to the performance sport of dog agility with an expertise in movement. Using the dog’s natural instincts, Chris maximizes his handling skills with clear handling cues that the dog easily understands. Chris credits his wife, Kris Seiter, for his vast accomplishments in the sport as his trainer, coach, mentor and agility partner for the last 10 years.
Chris is a popular instructor and seminar presenter and gives seminars throughout the Unites States and Canada. He is a UKI & USDAA judge and frequently trains with the best agility trainers/handlers in the world.
Chris co-owns Sun Coast Agility with his wife in Naples, Florida and is a partner in Bratty Paws Dog Plex, a 13,000 sf indoor training center in Punta Gorda, Florida.For the past 18 years, Kris has worked with Keeshond and American Eskimo Rescue in some capacity. Whether it be rehabilitating dogs for their future homes, behavior training, or puppy mill rescue. Kris specialized in severely abused dogs and aggression cases. One foster lived with Kris and her husband for 3.5 years to work out his aggression with agility training before he was able to go to his new home. Most of these dogs were considered unadoptable and were pulled from the adoption programs due to their unpredictable behavior. With Kris’ behavior training, she was able give these dogs a second chance at life. Rescue work and animal welfare is a passion as well as a promise to give back to the animals that mean so much in her life.
Always informally training animals as a kid, Kris seriously began training dogs 20 years ago as second career. She started with competitive obedience and conformation as a teenager with two of her own dogs. After 8 years of successfully showing her Keeshond, Randall and her Pomeranian, Rushka, in competitive obedience, Kris’s interest turned to the sport of Dog Agility and she has never looked back.
Since 1997, Kris has trained and competed in the Sport of Dog Agility. Kris has been teaching agility since 1999 and has seen remarkable changes in the sport for the better. Kris is a National and International Level competitor and has appeared in the final events of the 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 World Games with her Border Collies; Lochlan, War and Flame. Kris’ 3 pound Pomeranian Melba was also a five time medalist at Cynosport World Games as well as earning multiple agility championships from different venues.
Kris’ Border Collie Lochlan, at age 9, made the Steeplechase Finals at the 2009 World Games in the 26” Division. In 2009 War’s Team placed 8th in the finals out of over 200 teams. War, Flame and Lochlan consistently posted some of the fastest times of all 26” jumping dogs at major events in their career. War is a 2008 Cynosport Gold Medalist at 26” and 2009 Bronze Medalist. Kris has 11 Individual Medals from the Cynosport World Games and 19 Individual Agility Championships from 3 different venues.
Kris has been awarded 8 Life Time Achievement Awards from USDAA. To date, Kris has earned titles and championships on 13 of her own dogs of all different breeds: (Not including dogs her husband runs). Randall, Keeshond, Rushka, Pomeranian, Nadja, Keeshond, Draco, Malamute, Matra, Mudi, Melba, Pomeranian, Lochlan, Border Collie, War, Border Collie, Flame, Border Collie, Hermione, Keeshond, Ugri, Mudi, Gage, Keeshond, Anwar, Border Collie.
Kris sees each dog/handler as an individual and therefore applies different training techniques to meet each team’s need. Kris’ foundation training builds confidence and motivation through relationship. Kris clicker trains all foundation behaviors by free shaping and helps her students use these positive reinforcement based methods with their dogs. With innovative ideas, confidence building and play based training, any dog can learn to love the sport of agility. Kris believes that all dogs can benefit from agility training as a means to stay fit and engaged in life.
Formerly from the NYC Metro area, Kris ran two large Agility programs, one in NYC and one in Westchester County. During that time, she typically taught 25 classes a week with over 150 students, managed 10 plus agility instructors and implemented agility curriculums within each program.
One of Kris’s main goals is to inspire her students to love working with their dogs and to develop the confidence in their own training to not only build stronger bonds, but also enable them to reach their individual goals within the sport.