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About Bridget

Dog Sport Enthusiast
R+ Animal Trainer
Instructor and Coach
Behavior Geek


 

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Bridget Thomas
CPDT-KA, KPA-CTP

Bridget has been training and competing with dogs (and other animals) since she was a teenager, and for the past twenty five years has been heavily involved in dog training, dog sports and dog activities of all kinds. Agility is their primary sport and she and the dogs have traveled all over the country, competing and teaching.

She has been lucky enough to study with some of the top trainers and educators in the field over the years, and staying current with training and handling trends as well as science-based learning is the goal!

Bridget and her dogs have been perennial finalists/winners over the years in AKC Nationals, USDAA Regional and National events and UKI Cups, Classics and the US Open. In 2019 Bridget and Grape, her terrier mix, were chosen to travel overseas to compete with Team USA on the AKC European Open Team and the WAO Agility Team (at the ripe old age of two!). In 2020 they finished in 7th place overall at the European Open team tryouts and were once again chosen to represent the AKC at the European Open. They were also able to add "national champions" to their resume by winning the 2019 UKI National Finals at the US Open.

As much as she enjoys training and competing she also finds teaching immensely rewarding and loves to see her students excel. Bridget specializes in building motivation, enthusiasm, inspiration, and connection in agility teams. Many have seen success at the regional and national level, as well as the AKC Invitational, and internationally too. She also loves to help families bring home new puppies/dogs, helping them have success in molding and shaping the perfect family companion.

Bridget prides herself in being a trainer that works with all dogs, of all shapes, sizes and breeds. Over the years she's worked with everything from Affenspinchers to Komondors and has herself owned and trained dogs from the herding, toy, hound, terrier and sporting groups. 

When she is not teaching or competing in agility you can usually find Bridget and the dogs out in the woods trail running, hiking, out riding the trails with Jetty, the pony. They also dabble in a multitude of other dog sports including herding, disc dog, scent work, dock diving, rally, Barn Hunt, and racing/lure coursing. Currently Bridget is owned by her awesome animal family, two Border Collies, a lurcher, two amazing little sport mixes, two horses, and a gaggle of assorted furry and feathered critters. Her very understanding husband, Mike, is the guy who keeps everything on the farm in working order.

  • Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA-CTP)

  • Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA)

  • Living and Learning with Animals, Professional Course with Dr Susan Friedman

  • FitPaws Master Trainer (FP-MT)

  • Professional Member of Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT)

  • AKC Canine Good Citizen/AKC Trick Dog Evaluator

  • Certified Trick Dog Instructor with "Do More With Your Dog"

  • Member of the Pet Professional Guild

  • Member of IAABC

  • Instructor at “Camp Gone To The Dogs"

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DogStar Farm
24518 NW 110th Avenue
Alachua FL 32615
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