Sheila Booth is known to most trainers as the author of the award-winning book, PURELY POSITIVE TRAINING: Companion to Competition, voted Best Training Book of 1999 by the Dog Writers Association of America. She is also the co-author of the best-selling book on motivational training, SCHUTZHUND OBEDIENCE: Training in Drive. Additionally, Sheila has developed her unique POSITIVE PUPPY PREVIEW to effectively evaluate puppies for future careers.
Having trained dogs (and horses) for more than 30 years, Sheila is one of the few trainers to have crossed the boundaries of numerous dogsports and been successful in all those she has tried so far. Starting with AKC obedience, Sheila titled dogs through Utility and earned High in Trial honors (long before the OTCH title was invented!), succeeding with a variety of breeds from the Sporting, Herding, Working and Non-Sporting groups.
In conformation, Sheila has shown dogs to Best of Breed and her Belgian Tervuren, Tessa, was American / Canadian CHAMPION, national breed specialty winner, a CD in obedience, and was a High in Trial SchH. III dog and national competitor for many years.
Also in Schutzhund, Sheila earned one of the highest scores ever posted in that sport when her female German Shepherd, Espe, earned 100 - 98 - 100 (Tracking / Obedience / Protection) in a big Regional Championship. Espe also placed second in the USA Nationals and was a member of the USA team that represented America at the World Championships in Switzerland in 1987.
Every dog that Sheila titled has earned a perfect score of 100 points in tracking (including her Tervuren), and two of her dogs have earned 100 points in multiple trials. Also, every team Sheila has coached has earned the coveted "V-Rating" (96 - 100 points) in tracking. So don't miss Sheila's workshop on how to begin training for precision tracking! Sheila also personally coached probably the first team in world history to earn a SchH. III title without ever giving the dog a correction!
Several years ago, Sheila discovered Agility, her current (and probably permanent) passion. Her home-bred German Shepherd, Charra, after a successful career as a SchH. III competition dog, started Agility at 9 years old, winning over 30" jumps in USDAA. At 11 years young, with very light showing, Charra earned her Elite title in NADAC. Sheila's current Belgian Malinois, Vino, recently earned his USDAA Agility Dog CHAMPIONSHIP, competes at the top level in both NADAC and AKC Agility, racked up more than 20 blue ribbons along the way and has competed in four national championships, placing 9th in one and 7th in the USDAA National Steeplechase Finals.
Born in England and raised in Canada, Sheila has a degree in journalism and gave up her career as an editor to devote her life to training dogs. She now lives in Connecticut and is fortunate enough to be able to spend all her time with her two dogs, Vino and her young German Shepherd female, Nova. She still coaches a few teams in Schutzhund and Agility, does consultations (mostly on aggression management), evaluates puppies, writes for a couple of national publications on various dogsports, and tries hard to do only one seminar per year. She looks forward to all the new things that the dogs are still waiting to teach her.