Kris Eckard

Kris Eckard

Instructor

Obedience

Kris began training and showing dogs in 1979 with the family Cocker Spaniel. She was active in 4-H, FFA and Block and Bridle, raising and showing cattle, horses, swine, sheep, and rabbits. She is a member of the German Shorthaired Pointer Club of America, the English Foxhound Club of America, AKC’s Professional Handlers Association and has a bachelor’s degree in animal science from the University of Maryland. Most recently she completed her certification as a Canine Massage Therapist. Kris has lived with, trained and shown many different breeds of dogs. Kris’s English Foxhound, Wills, is the first English Foxhound to earn an agility MACH title and complete at the AKC Agility Invitationals. Will’s brother Windsor was AKC’s #1 English Foxhound in conformation breed standings in 2014 and 2015, winning multiple group placings and Best of Breed wins at the AKC Championship dog shows and Westminster Kennel Club dog show. Kris’s English Foxhounds are known for their conformation breed ring wins and for their diverse multi-titled accomplishments in many canine venues, Wills was the first of her breed to earn a Novice Draft Dog title with the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America. Wills is currently sporting 39 titles to her name from AKC, UKC, USDAA and ASCA venues. Kris hopes to continue her adventures with Yolo, a German Shorthaired Pointer puppy, adding Hunt Test and Dock Diving to the schedule. Kris believes in happy versatile dogs, high drive training and titling dogs on both ends of their registered name, It's all an Adventure!
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