Bridget Carlsen has been training dogs for over 30 years. She has put over 100 titles (and counting!) from the sports of Obedience, Field and Agility on ten Golden Retrievers and a Norwich Terrier. Her accomplishments include 7 Obedience Trial Champion (OTCH) titles, 10,600 lifetime OTCH points, over 225 High in Trial (HIT) awards, over 225 High Combined (HC) awards, and multiple perfect 200 scores in both Open and Utility.
She has the first and only Obedience Trial Championship (OTCH) on a Norwich Terrier, "Hemi". Bridget and Golden Retriever "Soupy" also won a placement while representing the United States in international obedience competition at Crufts in England. She has had at least one dog (and sometimes two) ranked in the AKC Top 25 All Breed Obedience Dogs in 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008. In 2015, Bridget's Golden Retriever, "Saucy" was the AKC National Obedience Champion. She is also an accomplished field trainer putting Master Hunter (MH) titles on five dogs.
Bridget won her first trophy in dog sports at the age of 6, handling a field dog that her mother trained. At age 11, she got her own dog to train and completed his first title when she was 13 years old. That dog, Chances Are Wizard of Wonders, acheived a Working Certificate Excellent (WCX) in Field and both a Utility Dog title (UD) and points toward an Obedience Trial Championship (OTCH) in Obedience. They also won a High in Trial award out of the Novice A class.
Bridget has been showing her Belgian Malinois, "Moolah", in IPO. Moolah finished her BH title at just two years of age. Then at age 4, completed her IPO3 while competing at the 2014 American Working Malinois Association (AWMA) National IPO Championship held in Florida in December 2014. Bridget and Moolah placed 2nd, qualifying them for the World IPO Championship to be held in the Czech Republic in May 2015! This is Bridget's first dog competing in IPO and her first IPO3. It was extra special to earn the title at the Championship among so many excellent dogs and handlers.
In 2015, Bridget and "Saucy" won the AKC National Obedience Championship in Gray Summit, MO in March. Then in April, Bridget and "Moolah" placed second at the 2015 AWDF Championship in Farmington, MO. "Moolah" got the highest Obedience score of the trial. This qualified them to represent the USA at the FCI Championship to be held in September in Switzerland. At that competition, Team USA took third place and Moolah received a perfect score in Tracking.
In 2016, Bridget competed in three National Championships in two different venues with two dogs in three months, winning two of them. In March 2016, Bridget and "Streak" won the AKC National Obedience Championship in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In April, Bridget and "Moolah" placed 5th at the American Working Dog Federation Championship in Chicago, IL, qualifying them for the FCI World Championship in Slovakia in September. Then in May, Bridget and "Moolah" won the 2016 USCA Working Dog IPO Championship in Chelsea, Michigan. They also completed her FH title for Tracking while taking second place in the FH Championship.
After years of success in competing with her own dogs, Bridget is sharing her training philosophies and techniques with others. She is now teaching Competition Obedience seminars at clubs or dog training facility across the U.S. and Canada. She is also offering private lessons on a limited basis as well as video lessons.
No seminars in your area? Book a seminar for your club or school, purchase a 3-DVD set of her motivational training seminar or rent video on demand of her puppy and foundation training techniques.