Emily Walker is a junior active in multiple dog sports with her poodles. Not only does Emily compete at the national level but at the international level too. In July of 2019, she will head to Switzerland on the EOJ 2019 USA Team! Emily will be attending to Boundless for the first time.
Q: What is your name and age? What state do you live in?
Emily Walker and 17. I live in Texas.
Q: What are your agility dogs names, breeds, and ages?
Indi, Miniature Poodle, 3 years old
Lyra, Miniature Poodle, 1 year old
Q: Besides agility, what kind of activities, sports, etc. do you enjoy?
I am a member of my FFA and compete on leadership development teams, as well as show animals. I’m a member of my high school band, and I play the Piccolo and the flute. I love horseback riding, photography, and working with all types of animals.
Q: What is your favorite dog breed? And why?
My favorite dog breed is Poodles. I’ve had Standards and Miniatures, and Miniatures have by far stolen my heart. They are out-going, mischievous, incredibly smart, athletic, driven dogs packed with personality. If you’re looking for a competitive and happy breed, Poodles are a perfect match.
Q: How long have you been doing agility and what got you started in the sport?
I’ve been doing agility for 7 years. My mom was in a local club with her Poodle when I was young so she would take me to classes and shows from the time I was a baby in a baby stroller. I grew up on the side lines watching people work with their dogs, and I just knew that I wanted to do that one day.
Q: Do you participate in any dog sports besides agility?
I currently also compete in Obedience and Rally. I hope to try some other venues soon!
Q: How does agility differ from other dog sports such as rally and obedience?
Agility involves more distance skills, and athleticism. It is also generally a more high energy environment.
Q: If a kid was interested in starting a sport with their dog, what advice would you give them?
My advice is that it is all about your mindset. Never compare yourself or your dog to other teams, and always work with the dog you have. Never give up to your defeats and disappointments, and never surrender to the idea that you aren’t good enough. Anything is possible as long as you set your mind to it, stay positive, and work through YOUR journey.
Q: What are you looking forward to at BJAC 2019?
I look forward to the new learning experience, as well as meeting new trainers and more junior handlers!
To follow more on Emily and her dog's visit @agilitywithpoodles on Instagram!