I’m Sara Chisnell. I’ve been an avid animal lover my whole life; dogs and horses have always had a primary role in shaping my life. My spare time is devoted to training dogs, which is my true passion. I’ve put multiple titles on my dogs over the years and am now sharing my knowledge and skills with others through teaching classes, something I have long desired to do.
Any sport you can do with your dogs is a wonderful way to build the canine-human relationship and strengthen your bond, so I encourage all dog owners to get involved in something. Dock jumping is a great place to start. It’s a simple sport that gets owners hooked and often leads to more training and other sports; it’s the gateway sport of dog events!
I have an undergraduate degree in Equine Science from Otterbein College and my law degree from Michigan State University College of Law. My passion for animals has carried into my professional life as I spent nearly 9 years as Legal Counsel for United Kennel Club, an international performance dog registry, and am now Legislative Director for National Animal Interest Alliance Trust, a national animal welfare organization.
I have titled my dogs in conformation, weight pull, Hunting Retriever Club, pointing dog events, rally obedience, and put multiple titles on multiple dogs in dock jumping. In fact, I was one of the people with Ultimate Air Dogs to help bring dock jumping to recognition with a registry (UKC) and wrote the rules for the program. I have been involved in dock jumping for over 11 years and have travelled the country with my dogs to all kinds of events. We’ve also competed a lot in disc (not yet a titling sport) and my German Shorthaired Pointers are not only my running buddies but skijor in the winter with me as well.
My dogs are the loves of my life:
URO1 GJJCH Kamikaze Crashlanding Carly Dingo CGC TDI, “Carly” an 11 year old Australian Cattle Dog
UNJ SHR UWP GRCH Abbe Lane’s Prince of Darkness TAN NA-I, Best in Showand Reserve Best in Show winner “Ozzy”, 7 year old German Shorthaired Pointer and father to:
GRCH USJCH USUV UUF Abbe Lane’s A Boy Named Sue NA-I, multi Best in Show and Reserve Best in Show winner “Sue”, a 2 year old German Shorthaired Pointer
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