Professor Diane Goodspeed

diane goodspeed catDiane Goodspeed started training dogs in 1992. Her first obedience dog was a Lhasa with whom Diane completed an AKC CD, CDX, and UD and attended two Pupperoni Eastern Regionals. In 1995, Diane started agility “for fun” but was soon hooked. With her border collie, Kayla, they blasted thru their CD and CDX quickly to focus on agility, earning a MACH in 2002, just before Demon joined the family.

With Demon, Diane quickly became a competitive force in the 16” class with a 3rd place finish in 2008 and a 5th place finish in 2010 at the AKC Agility Nationals. They went on that year to win a spot on the 2010 AKC Agility World Team. At the FCI 2010 Agility World Championships in Germany, Diane and Demon finished an impressive 15th at their first international competition. In 2012, Diane and Demon represented the USA at the European Open in Sweden, making the finals in both Individual and Team competition. In 2013, Demon and Diane again won a spot on the 2013 European Open team by putting down five consecutive, flawless runs at the AKC International Team Tryouts. They earned only 4 time faults for the entire tournament. In Belgium, the medium dog team was the only USA team to make Finals where Diane and Demon ran their section with confidence and no faults helping USA1 Medium Team to a 7th place finish.

Diane is now working with her second border collie, Kenzie, and two young shelties. Her youngest, Bizzy, went from AKC novice all the way to world team tryouts in one year! He is, however, too young to compete internationally, so Diane has joined the 2015 European Open team as a manager/coach and will work with the team at their practice in June and will go with the team to Germany.

In addition to dog training, Diane has published four books, one on biking in New Jersey and the other three on dog-related topics. Her latest book is The Top Dog Advantage, which explains her mental management system including lots of skill building exercises for emotion control and stress reduction. She is also “mom” to Kevin and Kathleen Oswald and has a very patient and supportive husband, Richard.

Professor Diane Goodspeed


From the Ground Up: Effective verbal & hand signal training for a solid handling foundation

Effective communication is a key component in any handling system and what happens between obstacles is as important as obstacle performances. If you can’t put your dog on the line to the A-frame, then all that contact training will be for...


Front Crosses - Where, When and How

A front cross is not just a turning cue. It is a series of well executed handling plans. Yes – a series! In this class, Diane will break down the components the front cross and will explain in depth where, when, and how to use a front-cross...


Muscles Over Mind: A Mental Management System To Master Your Thoughts & Emotions For Competition Success

Instructor: Diane Goodpseed
Start Date: January 22, 2016
Registration Closed: February 5, 2016 @ 9 pm Eastern

The Muscles Over Mind course is for the dog...


Stuck Starts! For Start Line Success

A start line stay does not have to be a “luxury”! Join me in an intensive 4-week course to develop a “stuck” stay on the start line! This course will address all those pesky start line problems: anticipation, scooching, early breaks, or no...


Weave Woes to Wows! (2016)

Instructor: Diane Goodpseed
Start Date: April 4, 2016
Registration Closed: April 30, 2016

Weaves, weaves and more weaves! Get that little boost to finish your...


Weave Woes to Wows! (2018)

Instructor: Diane Goodpseed
Start Date: March 11, 2018
Registration Closed: March 25, 2018 @ 9 pm Eastern

Weaves, weaves and more weaves! Get that little boost to...

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