Cara Callaway, the founder of Jump City Agility, began teaching agility in 1995 and has started hundreds of dogs and handlers in the sport. Many of her students are now competing at Novice through Masters level with great success, and many are Nationally ranked.
As an owner of Australian Cattle Dogs which are not the easiest breed to train and handle, she is especially good with students with “difficult” dogs, and loves the challenge of dogs that need extra motivational training. She currently teaches more than a dozen classes a week ranging from first time beginners to masters level competitors and takes great pride in her students’ achievements. Through Jump City Agility, Cara also creates agility workshops to fit the specific needs of groups and clubs. She also does agility demonstrations for various charitable organizations, and puts on more than a dozen AKC sanctioned agility trials a year for local Southern California dog clubs.
Matt Palmieri got started in agility at age 17 when his parents got the “World’s Worst Lab Puppy”, Bailey. Her out of control behavior needed an outlet, and agility was just perfect. After several classes he was totally hooked, and is still involved in the sport, nearly 10 years later. Bailey has gone on to become both a model citizen and excellent agility partner. Her transformation inspired much of Matt’s current training philosophy. Through her training Matt learned his most important lesson – Training has to be fun in order to be successful!
Matt has continued his agility education by training several breeds of dogs. He is a firm believer that any dog, despite breed, can enjoy agility. He currently competes with Bailey, a Labrador Retriever, Roadie and Speed Racer, both Border Collies, and Lulu, a Pekingese! Little Lulu is the first and only Pekingese to earn a USDAA Agility Dog title and is currently competing at the Master Level in most events.
Katie McGuire began training in Agility at 13 years old with her first dog, a mixed breed rescue named Joey. Due to health issues Joey was never able to compete, but they both enjoyed the training experience together, and Katie caught the "Agility bug"!
Katie is an AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) and Trick Dog evaluator, as well as a Certified Pet Dog Trainer through the CCPDT. She also competes with her dogs in other venues including Obedience, Rally Obedience, and Conformation. She has qualified her dogs for the AKC Rally National Championships multiple times.
Nadira Banik started teaching classes at Jump City Agility in 2004. She has also trained and competed with a number of Jump City’s clients’ dogs including Corgis, Shelties, and a Vizla, earning many agility titles on all of them. She is most proud of the Corgi Trevor’s MACH 7 status.
Nadira has studied with local and non-local agility clinicians, has taken many seminars and continues to upgrade her education in the sport. Nadira has also qualified and competed at two AKC Invitational events and has also competed at the USDAA National Agility Championship, making it to the semi-finals in each.
Liz Dzubay is a graduate of the Jump City Agility program where she started with her first Shiba Inu 6 years ago -shortly after the arrival of her 2nd Shiba. It wasn’t long before she had to deal with sibling rivalries & aggression issues with the older dog. At the advice of her obedience trainer, who insisted that her dog needed to have a “job”, she reached out to Cara Callaway to see if agility would be a “good” fit for a Shiba. It turned out to be both exciting & challenging at the same time. The Shiba Inu is a “willful” breed – meaning – they will do something once or twice … but they don’t see the value in repetition. This meant that Liz needed to work with her instructors to define “creative” ways to engage her dog & to motivate her & to keep things fresh! This means having to figure out different ways to achieve the best performance, maintaining a good & positive attitude, building patience & creating a strong bond with your dog.
Liz currently competes primarily in AKC at the Master’s level with both her dogs. Mojo is 7 years old & competes in the Preferred 8” class. Kaze is 6 years old & competes in the Regular 16” class. She has been invited to the AKC Agility Invitationals for the past 3 years representing the top 5 Shibas in the nation. She has also competed in the Westminster Agility competition in NYC. Mojo has been named the AKC Top Dog (Shibas) for the past 2 years! Liz is currently pursuing the Grand Championship title for both dogs and is expected to achieve that in early in 2018. She continues to enhance her skills in regular coursework, international handling and distance through ongoing training & seminars.