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 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 MedicinePetmassage Institute’s Level 1 Canine Massage program
Real Cowboy's See Nargles "Nargles" started her agility career in Jan of 2011
2018 NADAC Elite Vet Medium Dog Champion
2nd Place 2018 NADAC World Competition
Platinum Speed Star
NATCH and Versatility NATCH
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
Bullis Creek's Let's Go! ( Allons-y ) Ally started her career in 2015
Competed in the Starter Stakes division for the first time in 2018 and placed 4th overall and earning a total of 4 sashes.
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!
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:
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.