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Meet Ann Allums!

Meet the newest staff member at World Cynosport Rally/USDAA 

World Cynosport Rally and the United States Dog Agility Association are pleased to announce the addition of Ann Allums to the World Cynosport family! Ann will be assisting rally competitors and groups as well as providing internal administrative support within the organization. Ann is originally from Beaumont, Texas, but comes to the USDAA office in Dallas, Texas, by way of Greenville, South Carolina and Kanab, Utah. Ann, who is single, shares her life with a Bearded Collie mix named Sylvie and an All-American named Sarge. Learn more about Ann in the interview below.

Brenna Fender: First things first... tell us about your dogs!

Ann Allums: Sylvie is a 9-year-old Bearded Collie mix, and everyone says she looks like a Disney dog! Sarge is a 10-year-old Chow/GSD/Bulldog (I'm guessing on age and breed[s]) who was a Hurricane Katrina survivor. Neither dog has competitive experience, but they enjoy visiting folks in assisted living homes, traveling to new places, and doing lots of fun tricks. (One of Sylvie's signature tricks is tossing her head back to the cue of "Whassup?" and Sarge shows off by doing a commando crawl backwards.) Both dogs were adopted and overcame behavior issues, teaching me lots and amazing me in the process.

What did you do before joining WCR?

I worked at the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, which I joined in 2010. This was also my first introduction to the sport of APDT Rally.

What were your responsibilities at APDT?

I was the Special Programs Coordinator, in charge of coordinating and promoting positive methods of training through the Rally and C.L.A.S.S. (Canine Life And Social Skills) programs.

What's your educational background?

I have a B.B.A. in Business Administration from Lamar University. When I changed careers to become a dog trainer, I attended seminars by respected professional dog trainers/behaviorists and read as much as possible from the CCPDT (Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers) recommended reading list. I earned my CPDT (Certified Professional Dog Trainer) certification in 2004.

What did you do before working at APDT?

From 2004-2010, I worked as a dog trainer at Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah, where I got plenty of on-the-job training by working with a population of 400 dogs, including dogs rescued from puppy mills, fighting rings, hoarding situations, abuse cases, and disaster areas, as well as the Michael Vick court-ordered dogs. I also taught training classes to the staff. Prior to becoming a dog trainer, I worked as a computer specialist for a public transportation agency.

When did you start working for USDAA/World Cynosport Rally?

I had the privilege of beginning work in April 2013.

How has it been going so far?

Let's see - I didn't get lost finding my way to the office, I have been learning the much-improved rally system and getting organized, I am getting to communicate with lots of rally folks, everyone on the USDAA staff has been very welcoming, I spent a day helping out (and spectating) at the IFCS Agility Championships, and I got to eat authentic Tex Mex. So, it has been an excellent first couple of weeks!

What will you be doing at WCR/USDAA?

I am here to assist WCR competitors and groups, to serve as internal administrative support for WCR and USDAA, and to provide cross-support within the organization.

Are you working at the USDAA office in Texas?

Yes, I'm a registered Texan! (I will forgo the cowboy boots, though.)

What do you do when you are not working with/playing with dogs? Do you have other hobbies or pastimes?

Of course! I enjoy volu


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