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PACH Bailey Miller MXP4 MXPB MJP3 MJPB PAX OFP T2BP2 owned by Paul A. Miller of Albuquerque, NM

The Millers adopted Bailey from the Albuquerque city shelter when she was a puppy in 2009. “She joined our two other older rescue dogs with great enthusiasm and she tried to herd us around our yard,” Paul said. She loves chasing balls (or anything else that is thrown). “After some obedience training and running exercise, she would still try nipping our heels to herd us.”

When Bailey was 2 years old, they discovered the sport of agility. They learned that Animal Humane New Mexico offered agility training and signed her up. That led to a year of great fun training at AHNM followed by six years of training at Acoma Training Center and then competitions.

“Bailey is very sensitive to human moods,” he said. “She shut down occasionally during training and then started shutting down during competition for almost a year when she sensed stress or frustration on my part. When I learned how to manage my stress and frustration by focusing on providing positive feedback, her performance became very consistent, leading to her recent PACH.”