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Greg Fontaine

 

Greg Fontaine

For nearly twenty years now, Greg Fontaine has been a passionate student across every aspect of the game of dog agility. His first dog, Ivan, was a repeat AKC top-ranked Labrador Retriever, a repeat USDAA national finalist, a Purina Incredible Dog Challenge competitor, and earned his AKC MACH & USDAA ADCH. He trained his border collie Maverick, a perennial national finalist and repeat world team member. His current dog Spice earned the win-on spot for Team USA at the 2015 IFCS World Agility Championships. They have multiple national finalist medals, including winning a national championship at the 2018 Steeplechase / Performance Speed Jumping, and two silver medals at the 2013 IFCS Continental Championships of Europe. Even into her older years, Spice and Greg continue to consistently perform at the very fastest speeds, earning #1 rankings from Bad Dog Agility’s Preferred Power 60 Rankings for 2016 and 2017.

Greg has helped students earn spots on world teams, win national championships, qualify for and place at invitationals, AND, just as importantly, SIMPLY ENJOY, mutual fully-engaged play together. He has a creative approach to agility training, bringing a broad variety of approaches and influences to build upon the particular strengths of each individual dog and handler. His approach to the sport embraces the dog's need for comfort before speed; as well as the handler's need for awareness over athleticism.

In addition to competing and teaching, Greg has served as an assistant coach for 2011 & 2012 World Agility Open (WAO) Team USA and the 2014 AKC European Open Team.

Greg has been active helping organize local, regional, national and international events including serving as Event Chairperson for the 2012 IFCS World Agility Championships. He is a fully licensed AKC, UKI, and USDAA judge & certified measuring judge.

With the breadth and depth of his knowledge about the sport, Greg has been retained as the expert analyst commentator for USDAA Cynosport broadcasts.