Justine is one of the most talented agility competitors in Canada today and a strong contender on the world agility stage. Justine's commitment to consistency in training, handling, and competition has been instrumental in her success. Justine has btrained and competed with her Shelties - Bounder, Chase, Riot and Preston and now border collies Summit, Never & Match.
Jessica Patterson is an accomplished competitor and dog trainer, who is quickly making a name for herself in the world of agility. Jessica's competitive background in the sports world began at an early age. In 1999, she was ranked 2nd in Canada in Figure Skating, and became a valued member of the National Junior Team. Over the last 14 years, Jessica has turned her attention to the sport of Agility, making her mark in the competitive agility ring.
Karen Childs was born and raised on a sheep farm in rural Ontario. Since a young age she has been passionate about animals, working with many different creatures over her years but has found the world of dog agility to be where her heart lies.
Recently relocated to the Edmonton area with her husband she is very excited to be so close to her Shape Up Family. Competing internationally for Agility Team Canada in 2015, 2016, and 2017 with now retired border collie Cash, and more recently with Keys at EO and WAO (as a wildcard) in 2019 has allowed her to develop a strong understanding of the importance of excellent foundation training, attention to detail and focusing on finding the joy in training in order to achieve success.
Karen owned and operated her own dog training business in Ontario from 2015-2019, working with a variety of different dogs and handlers - always concentrating on bringing out the best in each team she works with and ensuring everyone enjoys the journey. Dog & human alike!
Karen has been working with Justine & Jessica since 2015 and is knowledgeable in their training methods and handling style.
Ainsley Sykes has been training and competing in agility since 2004 and coached by Justine Davenport since 2012. Ainsley has represented Canada at 3 world events, and is a previous AAC Regional and National winner.
Ainsley has worked with local rescue groups (home and dog assessments), fostered over 20 dogs, and volunteered as the tester for an Edmonton pet therapy group.
Ainsley has been expanding her knowledge to be a Canine Bodyworker and Certified Professional Canine Fitness Trainer (CPCFT).Outside of dog sports, Ainsley loves spending time with her family and is the Director of Operations for the Canadian Mountain Network (University of Alberta).
Jen Medos has been involved in dog training and dog sports for over 8 years. Always an animal lover, Jen got her first dog while completing her Bachelor of Science (Biology major) from the University of Alberta. Last year, her and her second dog, Gru, were lucky enough to be chosen for the CKC Team Canada that was to compete in the European Open in Vienna, Austria. In April 2019, Jen became a Family Paws Pet Parent Educator and is part of an international group of trainers providing expert support and resources for families with dogs. She is working hard towards getting her CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed) certification as well. A practitioner of science-based and positive training methods, Jen is excited to help people build a better bond with their dogs. She has been teaching agility on and off for the past 3 years. Jen is so excited to join the team at Shape Up, where Justine and Jessica have made such an amazing community for people passionate about playing with their dogs!