Bio

Bio 


Amanda Nelson is well known for her distance handling skills, and she has been traveling the country and teaching seminars for 20+ years. She has traveled around the world to Australia, Japan, Netherlands, England, and Switzerland teaching all levels of agility, with nearly all dog breeds. Amanda is also a regular trainer on the world renowned Fenzi Dog training Academy. Amanda focuses on teaching teamwork as well as how to create a strong connection between dog and handler. She works with all styles of handling, from running with your dog to distance handling. Amanda tailors each training session, large or small, to the dog and handler to help bring out the best in the team. Her training techniques consist of a large amounts of targeting, food rewards, and toy rewards. Creating a fun learning environment for the dog encourages a fast, fun, and motivated dog in the agility ring. Amanda uses a combination of Upper Body Cues, Lower Body Cues, and Verbal Cues. This system was derived from the natural cues that most dogs read and pick up quickly. Handlers are taught how to use all of these cues, together, to create a customized handling system that can be tailored to their unique dog. All of these techniques have resulted in Amanda earning numerous titles with her dogs including the MOD SQUAD award, Purple Achievement Cup, and over 40 NADAC Championship titles. She has won the NADAC Championships multiple times, including winning the Super Stakes and Starter Stakes division. She has also been Top Bonus Dog, Top Purple Dog, and Top Dog of the Year several times in NADAC.



Amanda has completed her training in the following: 

FitPaws Master Trainer 
Certified Canine Fitness Trainer (University of Tennessee ) 
Canine Manual Ligament Therapy 
Canine Fitness and Nutrition (Advanced Study) 
Canine Acupressure  (Advanced Study) 

Veterinary Assistant program
Canine Reflexology program 
Reiki Master Training
North West School of Animal Massage Small Animal Program  (SAMP)
Clayton College's Holistic Care for Companion Animals Certificate
Northwest School of Animal Massage, Small Animal Program (Sports Therapy) 
Trigger Point Therapy Course
Bach Center Flower Essence program
American College of Healthcare Sciences Herbal Studies
American College of Healthcare Sciences Advanced Studies
American College of Healthcare Sciences  Homeobotanical Certificate
Tallgrass Animal Acupressure - Overview to Traditional Chinese Medicine
Petmassage Institute’s Level 1 Canine Massage program 
 


Bullis Creek's Triumph "Try" started her agility career in June of 2005 and has earned the following:

 

Bullis Creek's Try  2003 - 2017 





Purple Achievement Cup - 2014 (She is one of only four dogs to earn this award) 

Gold Achievement Cup - 2014

Silver Achievement Cup - 2014

NADAC Superstakes Champion - 2013



Number 1 Purple Bonus Dog - 2013 

Number 1 Overall Bonus Dog - 2013 

Number 1 Purple Bonus Dog - 2012

Number 1 Overall Bonus Dog - 2012

3rd in the Superstakes Class - 2012 NADAC Championships

2nd in the All Around class - 2012 NADAC Championships

NATCH-1 and Versatility NATCH-1 - Spring of 2012

Versatility NATCH-2 - November of 2012

NATCH-2 - July of 2012

Platinum Speed Star - July of 2012

Silver, Gold, and Purple MOD SQUAD - 2011 NADAC Championships Pre-Trial

2nd Overall for Highest Number of Purple Bonus Runs - 2011

4th Overall for Highest Number of Bonus Runs - 2011

2nd Overall in the Superstakes class and Highest Number of Bonus Points - 2011 NADAC Championships

Highest Scoring Border Collie in the Superstakes Class - 2011 NADAC Championships

Highest Number of Bonus Points in the Skilled Vet category - 2010 Championships, Superstakes class

Amanda and Try earned their first 20 Point Bonus run in May of 2010

Placed 4th at the 2009 NADAC Championships in Shelbyville, TN in the Skilled 16" division

Won the 2008 NADAC Championships in the Skilled 16" division, Try also won the Highest Scoring Skilled Dog in Hoopers award.


Placed 5th in the 16" Skilled division at the 2007 NADAC Championships at Gillette, WY and earned the Highest Scoring Skilled dog from Idaho award at the Championships. This was Try's first NADAC Championship!



Real Cowboy's See Nargles "Nargles" started her agility career in Jan of 2011

2016 NADAC Championships - Silver Stakes Class 



Winner of 4 sashes at the 2015 NADAC Championships - Silverstakes Class
Her video from the Silverstakes class at the 2015 NADAC Championships has over 1 million views on Facebook.

Nargles Round 6 -  2015 NADAC Championships

2013 NADAC Starter Stakes Champion 



Nargles competed at the NADAC Championships for the first time in 2012 and placed 4th in the All Around class

Nargles earned her first 15 Point Bonus run in July of 2011



 Amacris Party All Night "Mardi" (1998-2010) 

Mardi was born with only one eye and just started her agility career in the summer of 2001 and has retired in 2006 due to some health issues, She has done very well earning the following accomplishments:

NATCH
Versatility NATCH

Triple Superior at the Novice and Open level

Top Ten in Skilled Jumpers 2006

Top Ten in Skilled Tunnelers 2006

Recipient of the 1000 and 2000 point award in NADAC

4th in the 2001 NADAC Championships 20" Junior Handler Division

Top ten at the 2003 NADAC Championships in the Regular, Jumpers and Touch N' Go classes.


 


Amacris Outside Chance "Chance" ( 1992-2006) has earned the following in NADAC:

NATCH, O-NATCH, S-NATCH,

V-NATCH, O-V-NATCH, S-V-NATCH, V-NATCH 4, 5, 6, 7,8, 9 & 10

JH-NATCH, O-JH-NATCH, S-JH-NATCH,JH-NATCH 4 and 5 ,

Versatility NATCH, O-Versatility NATCH and S-Versatility NATCH

Top Overall Dog of the year in 1998, 2000, 2001 & 2002
Top Gamblers Dog of the year in 2000, 2001 & 2002
Top Jumpers Dog of the year in 2000, 2001 & 2002
Top Regular Dog of the year in 1998, 2000, 2001 * 2002

Top Lifetime dog Overall in 2002, 2003 & 2004
Top Lifetime dog Regular in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 & 2004
Top Lifetime dog in Jumpers in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 & 2004
Top Lifetime dog in Gamblers in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 & 2004

Second dog to earn 1000 points in NADAC.
First dog to earn 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000,6000,7000 and 8000 points in NADAC.

Triple Superior Elite Level, Triple Superior Elite Level-Veterans, Triple Superior Elite Junior Handler, earning her the Triple Triple award

Triple Superior Versatility Award

Chance has qualified and competed at every NADAC Championship from 1995-2004

Winner of the 1999 and 2000 Junior Handler division at the NADAC Championships

Second place in the Junior Handler division in 2001 at the NADAC Championships

Top ten in Veterans Regular division at the 2003 NADAC Championships

Winner of the 2004 NADAC Championships 20” Double Digit Veterans Division

Chance has a total of 9540 points in NADAC




Amanda's first dog a Pembroke Welsh Corgi Ar-Zoo's Dab of Sunshine "Sunny" competed in USDAA with Amanda and her mom Sharon. Sunny was the 2nd 12" dog to ever earn a MAD (Masters Agility Dog) also the first Pembroke to ever earn that title. She was the first dog to ever earn a MADC (Masters Agility Dog Canadian) 
In NADAC Sunny was the fourth dog to earn a NATCH, she was the first dog to earn a Outstanding NATCH, a Superior NATCH, she was also the first to earn a fourth and fifth NATCH.
As well as the first dog to earn a NATCH in all three Divisions. She was also Top Dog in 1996,1997,1998 and 1999.




Amanda is the first Junior Handler to earn a NATCH, V-NATCH and JH-NATCH as well as the first Junior to earn Top Dog of the year and 1000, 2000,3000 and 4000 points. She is the first (and only) handler to earn three NATCHes in all three Divisions. (Standard, Veterans and Junior Handlers)

She is also the first handler to earn the 1000, 2000,3000,4000,5000,6000, 7000, 8000 & 9000 point award.

She has taught seminars all over the country as well as traveling to Australia and Japan to teach. She traveled again to Australia in November of 2004 to judge the NADAC Australia nationals and to teach handling seminars.

Amanda has filmed two training videos for Dog Sports Video, that were released in the spring of 2006, and she also filmed a Superstakes Training video (the first of its kind) in 2011.


Amanda has also written many training articles for Clean Run magazine, Dog Sport magazine, and the NADAC Newsletter. 

 

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  • Michelle Butler

    Michelle Butler Walnut Creek, Calif.

    Looking forward to attending your upcoming seminar in Elk Grove, Calif in Jan 2015!

    Looking forward to attending your upcoming seminar in Elk Grove, Calif in Jan 2015!

  • Sandy Langan

    Sandy Langan Georgia

    Amanda, Taking your seminar in Alabma next week,and would like to be added to the seminar group. Looking forward to it.Sincerely Sandy Langan

    Amanda, Taking your seminar in Alabma next week,and would like to be added to the seminar group. Looking forward to it.Sincerely Sandy Langan

  • Rob Brawner

    Rob Brawner Wood Lake, NE

    Hey Amanda! Just got the pictures of Try. Thanks for sending them. Congrats on all your accomplishments and for keeping in touch with us.Best of luck to you and Try. Stop in if your ever in our neck of the woods. We have a great guest cabin that you are welcome to spend a day or 3 in. See ya, Rob.

    Hey Amanda! Just got the pictures of Try. Thanks for sending them. Congrats on all your accomplishments and for keeping in touch with us.Best of luck to you and Try. Stop in if your ever in our neck of the woods. We have a great guest cabin that you are welcome to spend a day or 3 in. See ya, Rob.

  • Kathy Gasser

    Kathy Gasser Decatur, IL

    Hi Amanda, I was at the Antioch Seminar with the Welsh terrier, "Isha". I was very impressed with the skills learned by the people there, all of which were things you teach. If I join the forum, for a 1 yr subscription, would I be able to get all previous on-line seminar material? Since I have so little instruction available to me locally, I would like to try your on-line instructions. If you think the forum would benefit me in my situation, I will join it. Please let me know. Thanks again for a wonderful seminar and all the examples of your training put to work with the seminar participants. Thank you. Kathy Gasser and Isha.

    Hi Amanda, I was at the Antioch Seminar with the Welsh terrier, "Isha". I was very impressed with the skills learned by the people there, all of which were things you teach. If I join the forum, for a 1 yr subscription, would I be able to get all previous on-line seminar material? Since I have so little instruction available to me locally, I would like to try your on-line instructions. If you think the forum would benefit me in my situation, I will join it. Please let me know. Thanks again for a wonderful seminar and all the examples of your training put to work with the seminar participants. Thank you. Kathy Gasser and Isha.

  • Jodi Dillard

    Jodi Dillard Casper,Wy

    Amanda, Thank you so much for all the great advice and training tips. It was a great weekend of learning and a lot of laughs!:)

    Amanda,
    Thank you so much for all the great advice and training tips. It was a great weekend of learning and a lot of laughs!smile

  • Karen Pedersen

    Karen Pedersen Zion, Illinois

    Amanda would like to thank you for helping to re-build our relationship when you were at Candy's Canines in Antioch, ILlinois. We are working hard on our teamwork...thanks to you we are becoming a better team.:)

    Amanda would like to thank you for helping to re-build our relationship when you were at Candy's Canines in Antioch, ILlinois. We are working hard on our teamwork...thanks to you we are becoming a better team.smile

  • Jeannie Biggers

    Jeannie Biggers Bozeman, MT

    I loved the tale of Chance that Becky wrote. What a great story of a child and her best friend!

    I loved the tale of Chance that Becky wrote. What a great story of a child and her best friend!

  • Allyssa

    Allyssa Missouri

    WOW!!!!!!!!I learned SOOOOOOOOOOO much by visiting your site! GREAT job!

    WOW!!!!!!!!I learned SOOOOOOOOOOO much by visiting your site! GREAT job!

  • Pam

    Pam Butte, MT

    Amanda, your accomplishments are impressive and you're the best! I want all of my dogs to be like yours.

    Amanda, your accomplishments are impressive and you're the best! I want all of my dogs to be like yours.

  • Shirlene Clark

    Shirlene Clark Melbourne Australia

    Amanda you are indeed a very accomplished young woman. Having had the pleasure of working with you and attending your seminar in Melbourne, Australia i have nothing but praise for you knowledge and ability to teach and pass on that knowledge. Ever want to come back to Australia to give another seminar just let me know !!

    Amanda you are indeed a very accomplished young woman. Having had the pleasure of working with you and attending your seminar in Melbourne, Australia i have nothing but praise for you knowledge and ability to teach and pass on that knowledge. Ever want to come back to Australia to give another seminar just let me know !!