Bio

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Shortly after adopting her Chihuahua, Barbara got involved with agility.  In 2004, Barbara and her husband Michael were relocated to VA and shortly after she started teaching agility at All Dog Adventures (fka All Dog Playskool) in Richmond, VA. It was there that Barbara was introduced to Susan Garrett and her amazing foundation-based training that is centered around impulse control and relationship building with your dog.  She continues to train with some of the best handlers in the world including Tracy Sklenar, Kayl McCann, Jaakko Suoknuuti and Janita Leinonen and has implemented what she has learned from them into her training program.

Before relocating to GA, while living in VA, Barbara also started her own in-home training and behavioral rehabilitation business.  She was the trainer for Richmond Boxer Rescue and also assisted Southeastern Virginia Golden Retriever Rescue in assessing some of their dogs.  Barbara has worked extensively with many rescue organizations including Chihuahua and Rottweiler rescue while living in NH.  She is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT).

Barbara is the head dog trainer for the F.I.D.O. Program run at Georgia Tech, which creates wearable computing for military, SAR and service dogs.

Barbara has also worked as an animal wrangler for Marvel’s Ant-Man, 90 Minutes in Heaven, the TV series Satisfaction and various commercials.

She has been teaching since 2004 and became heavily involved in the OneMind Dogs handling method in 2014.  She has successfully competed over 10 different breeds of dogs since she started competing in agility.  Her current competition dog is her 3-year-old mini poodle, Miso.  Miso started trialing in March 2016 and in 7 months qualified for AKC NAC and USDAA Cynosports. After 4 clean runs at the 2017 NAC, she earned her way into finals and finished as the 9th ranking dog in the country in the 12’ division.  She then went on to to win RD 1 at AWC World Team Tryouts April 2017.  Barbara continues to teach all over the country.

Barbara resides in GA and shares her home with her very supportive husband, Mike, border collies Brazen and Blitz, Parson Russell terrier Piper, mini poodle Miso and bearded dragon Saphira.

Current and Upcoming Courses

AG470: Love'em and Weave'em - Speed and Independence in Weaves

  Do you wish your dog could hit any weave entry regardless of where you are?  Do you get nervous when walking a course and see a particular entry?  Do you wis...

December 1, 2019

April 1, 2020

AG230: The Tipping Point: Contacts and Teeters

  This course will take you through the steps from start to finish to create the teeter performance you have always wanted through a series of fun games.  We will a...

April 1, 2020

AG460: Making It Easy - 12 Commonly Used OMD Inspired Techniques

  This course will teach you how to speak the dog’s language and make you a more fluid team in your communication.  This course will break down the 12 most commonly...

August 1, 2020

Contact information

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Student Testimonials

This class was fabulous! After learning on channels, my dog had struggled with weave entries for a long time and nothing we did seemed to work. Starting over from the very beginning and moving forward with the short, fun training sessions in this class was just what was needed. The little wind up we did and flinging her into the weaves seemed to make a big difference in keeping it fun, which was so important. Thanks for this great class!         


Thank you so much for this class! I’ve never been able to stay motivated to focus on weaves like I have with this class! Weaves are the only thing keeping us from trialling in Agility. I think I’ll finally be able to check that goal off the list this year.      


Barbara Currier is wonderful. She gives so much excellent instruction. She is organized and responds in a quick and timely manner. I’ve taken two of her courses at gold. I’m a fan!            


Great class! I love your methods. My dog was just starting the teeter, then in class he just did it! WOW!!!!! He stops on contacts and after your weave class last December he is a weaving fool. Weaves is now one of his favorite obstacles and I can see the teeter catching up! Thank you!         


I started agility with a dachshund using running contacts. Therefore, when my second agility dog, an over size sheltie, needed to learn 2 on 2 off contacts, I had an issue with communicating things to him. This course came across my radar at the right time because we were both getting frustrated with contacts. Thanks so much!!!!         


As someone completely new to these techniques, I learned so much in these six weeks I thought my head was going to explode! We are still a work in progress, but this has already helped me in fun matches and in-person classes. I can't wait for my next trial to really test what we have learned together. Barbara is so patient with us, and has such a good eye for the littlest things. That also has helped me learn how I can improve from watching my own videos. I am really looking forward to her next class with FDSA!      


Barbara is so encouraging and motivating! I feel like I’ve learned so much! The crosses and turns were presented in an easy to understand format. Her feedback was quick and positive.       I particularly enjoyed her videos and the fact that they were done both at normal speed and slo mo along with the details of what she was emphasizing with her body. My dog likes those moves!