ABOUT MEAGAN SKELTON,
Owner of TCB Agility!
Meagan Skelton is a second-generation dog trainer. Meagan showed her first dog at the age of six in conformation. Meagan has been actively competing in agility for 10+ years and is currently competing at the top levels of AKC and USDAA competition with her border collies. In addition to agility Meagan is competing with Gael at USBCHA herding trials. Meagan has a positive, motivational, and common sense approach to dog training and has worked with many different breeds of dogs. She believes the training style depends on the dog. She thinks the method to choose is the one that works best with that particular dogs personality and behavior, as well as the ability and desires of the dogs owner. Methods used may include correction and praise or all positive motivation.
In addition to agility Meagan has worked with dog to dog aggression, dog to people aggression, food, toy, territory possession issues, basic obedience and behavior modification.
In addition to her dog pursuits, which take up most of her time, Meagan enjoys Knitting, spinning, traveling, reading and spending time on her sheep farm with her husband. She has a flock of hair sheep and a small flock of Churro and Churro cross sheep that she uses for spinning.
What Meagan’s students have to say…
I have been taking agility lessons with Meagan ever since she moved to
Salisbury. She is a gifted instructor who tailors lessons and suggestions to
each individual dog and handler, not a “one size fits all” approach. She is
just as generous with her time and knowledge with teams that other
instructors would have given up on as she is with people who aspire to
National Championships. She is very supportive of her students both on and
off the field and never hesitates to help us figure out the best way to run
courses at trials. She has helped me, an overweight, disabled, non-athletic
handler, get the best out of my dogs – to the point where I have earned an
agility championship on one dog and am one qualifying score from an agility
championship on the other dog. I am proud to consider her not just our
instructor but our friend.
Sky High Belgian Shepherd Dogs, Catawba, SC USA
I have been taking agility lessons with Meagan for years with my non-traditional agility breeds, Vizslas and Clumbers. Meagan has the patience of a Saint and is always able to come up with some idea or suggestion when I don’t know what to try next. She always tailors suggestions to each individual dog and doesn’t have the “one size fits all” approach. My baby Clumber, Blizzard, is going to be great thanks to Meagan’s training help.
Jack – Vizsla
Blizzard – Clumber
Meagan is an astute trainer. I have never presented her with an issue that she did not have at least one solution for. She does not shy away from helping nontraditional breeds. Her guidance helped make Bubba the 8th ranked agility PBGV in the country in 2008 and Sissile the 5th ranked in 2006.
Ruby and I started with the Controlled Unleashed classes taught by Meagan. Although Ruby was already competing in agility, she was struggling with stress both in training and the competition setting. We took both classes and Ruby has really calmed down in both training and competing. We also attend agility classes. When we started with Meagan, Ruby had the slowest weave poles. She was able to help me retrain her and cut her weave pole time in half. She is a very patient person and does a great job with “challenging” dogs. Our dog, Kirra, has only trained with Meagan. Meagan’s training program follows a logical timeline and takes into account a dog’s age and individual abilities. She modifies her instruction to meet the individual needs of each team in her class and provides on-going encouragement.
A Grateful Student
My thanks to Meagan for all that she has done for Chase and me……Chase now has her preferred open jumpers as well as her novice titles….she is on her way to being in her first herding trial this fall…
June and Chase
I highly recommend Meagan for all your dog training needs. She has been the perfect trainer to help me build a strong relationship with my border collie rescue Katie using “control unleashed” techniques and lots of patience and dog sense for both of us. She is great about meeting you where you are, whether it be a national agility competitor or just someone who wants to work better with your dog. She is innovative and constantly expanding her knowledge base, always willing to try different approaches versus a “one size fits all” training approach. She has even helped me “fix” some of my early training errors with my older BC Jesse!
Lisa C with Jesse and Katie
Thank you for making my agility training fun, safe and appropriate for me, a 2-1/2 year old Shih Tzu. I may never be the fastest or even have a bunch of added initials beside my name, and am definitely not considered the usual agility dog breed (“working” dog), but I am having a good and fun life — NOT BORING. My owner and I are closer as a result and during agility I obey — forgetting that I am the pack leader at home. Hey, sometimes I even forget my royal status and obey at home, too.
Meagan, thank you from me (Kobe) and my owner (Jeanne)!!!!