Rachel Carlson

Rachel Carlson has trained and competed in dog agility for 18 years. She actively competes in AKC, USDAA, and UKI events with her dogs. Over the years, Rachel has earned numerous titles on multiple breeds, including her own Golden Retrievers and Border Collies. She has also handled dogs for other competitors, both at a local and national level.

Each of Rachel’s dogs have taken her across the country competing in regional and national events. Between her dogs, Rachel has received several top placements and medals in each organization. She is a two-time USDAA Reserve National Champion with her Border Collie, Rocky, and finished 4th Place at the AKC National Championships with her Border Collie, Striker, after winning the Challengers Round. Most notably, in 2015, Rachel and Striker cumulatively won the large dog division at the UKI U.S. Open tryout event and was named to Team USA to compete at the World Agility Open (WAO) Championships in Bicester, England. At the WAO, Team USA went on to win the overall team event for a Gold Medal. This was Rachel and Striker’s first international medal and competition.

Rachel has a talent for striving to get the most and the best out of each dog. She focuses on the dog at an individual level rather than using a standardized training approach. Like people, dogs are unique and require various learning techniques and motivators.

When she’s not training or competing, Rachel enjoys running, hiking, listening to old country music, playing with baby goats, and binge-watching Netflix. She also works full-time for a government contractor in Oak Ridge, TN.

To contact Rachel: rachelcarlson01@gmail.com