With a natural eye for understanding each individual team, and drive to see each team teach their own goals, founder Shawna Richgels had over 20 + years’ in the dog training business before forming Canine Sports Zone.
Shawna started taking agility classes with their Boxer, Lexie in order to find something active to do together. Loving the “Ah-ha” moments she was having and seeing those in her Boxer, Shawna began competing and earned Top Awards with the American Boxer Club. She and her husband Pat, fostered Boxer’s with Green Acres Boxer Rescue where she served on the Board. Shawna is a multi-finalist at AKC Nationals, and won at Cynosports World games in multiple events. She is known for her serious training eye, and fabulous sense of humor. Her students range from those on World Teams to those that aspire to build the best possible relationship with their dogs. Agility & teaching others became a passion, and in 2014 she left her job of 23 years and opened Canine Sports Zone.
Shawna and Pat have and their children Finley & Dane, share their home with 3 border collies, 1 agility trained cat, 1 rabbit, and a pony.
Shawna’s genuine excitement for seeing each team succeed is truly contagious.