Animal Academy Podcast: Training for Versatility with Sandy Ganz

Training for Versatility with Sandy Ganz


You may wonder what it’s like to be competitive with your dog while keeping them motivated, in good physical condition and trained across multiple venues. I’ve admired Sandy Ganz and her ability to have versatile dogs who have competed in obedience, tracking, agility, herding and conformation. During this interview, Sandy and I will chat about how to follow your dreams, how to stay focused on goals, how to maintain your own selfcare and the importance of keeping your dogs condition for competition. All of that and more can be found inside this episode of The Animal Academy Podcast.

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— Tracking From The Ground Up


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Allison White: Host of The Animal Academy Podcast -- St. Louis, MO USAAllison White: 

Allison is a licensed clinical social worker who has worked in the field of mental health for over 27 years. She has been involved in programs that value the human-animal connection including therapy dog work, obedience, agility, conformation, herding and field work. When her dogs encountered sports-related injuries, she was introduced to the field of canine rehabilitation and sport’s medicine. Her passion has been to recognize this human-animal bond and what we can learn from animals, which improves our own quality of life by allowing us to experience their unconditional love, devotion and intelligence.

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Sandy Ganz - A Guest and Multi-talented Dog Trainer via The Animal Academy PodcastSandy Ganz: 

I am always seeking continuing education and remain ever curious about better training techniques, as well as how to better understand, enjoy and care for my dogs. First and foremost, though, my dogs are my best friends and companions who sleep on my bed every night

1967 – joined Mound City Obedience Training Club and the Greater St. Louis
Shetland Sheepdog Club. In recent years, I have been awarded Life Membership in the Sheltie Club

1980 – founding member of Gateway Tracking Club, one of the first 2 AKC tracking clubs in the U.S.

1981 – after several years of training Susi, our 3rd Sheltie, we earned her TDX title (Tracking Dog Excellent) to become the first Sheltie in the U.S. to earn that AKC title.

1982 – joined the American Shetland Sheepdog Association

1990 – co-authored with Susan Boyd, self-published and marketed the instructional book, Tracking From The Ground Up.

1992 – wrote, produced, narrated and marketed the instructional video, Tracking Fundamentals.

1993 – created the America Shetland Sheepdog Association’s Versatility Award Program, administering it for 19 years.

2011 – awarded ASSA’s Outstanding Service Award

Over the Years:
– Trained and showed 6 Shelties to AKC Obedience Trial Championships
– Trained and showed 3 Shelties to AKC Tracking Dog Excellent titles
– Trained and showed 2 Shelties to AKC Master Agility Championships
– Served on AKC’s Tracking Advisory and Obedience Advisory Committees
– Dabbled in herding trials and conformation shows
– Continue to train and show my current dogs in obedience and agility