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 trained and competed with her Shelties - Bounder, Chase, Riot, Preston & Viva and now border collies Summit, Never & Match.
Jessica Patterson is an accomplished competitor and dog trainer, who quickly made 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 15 years, Jessica has turned her attention to the sport of Agility, making her mark in the competitive agility ring.
Jenna is an experienced and well-respected dog trainer and an up-and-coming talent in the sport of agility. She shares her life with two amazing dogs, Edge and Witness, and together they spend time training, hiking, and exploring the country. In 2019, Jenna and Edge earned a place on CKC Agility Team
Canada for the FCI European Open. In 2022, she and Witness were named to the Team for the FCI Agility World Championship as well as the European Open.
Jenna’s love of learning and passion for dogs fuels her to seek out opportunities to continually improve her training skills and handling abilities. It also creates a desire to share this incredible game with others, and she is dedicated to making the sport fun and accessible at every level.
She has been training with Shape Up since 2014, and is well-versed in their handling system and training methods. She has had the opportunity to train with many talented and experienced coaches in Canada and Europe which has built a strong and creative knowledge base that allows her to bring out the best in her own dogs and in her students. Her background in Psychology and Neuroscience research, and certification in Canine Behaviour and Training Methodology (CBTMc) gives her a depth of knowledge and an ability to provide comprehensive support to all of her students, whether they are agility-focused or behavioural in nature.
Jenna brings a coaching style that is energetic, engaging, and focuses on building strong foundations and improving communication and connection.
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).