AKC Official Announcement:
AKC Agility Department Welcomes Agility Field Representative Sheyla Gutiérrez!
Sheyla Gutiérrez joins the AKC Agility Department with wealth of experience in dog sports. She has been an AKC Agility Judge for over 10 years. Highlights in her judging career include judging the 2022 AKC National Agility Championship, the 2021 AKC Premier Cup, the 2020 AKC European Open Team Tryouts and was the Assistant Coach for the AKC European Open Team in Belgium in 2022.
In addition, she is a Professional Dog Trainer teaching a variety of classes in agility, obedience, dog sports, relationship building, behavior issues and other topics. She has traveled all over the world offering seminars, competing in dog agility trials, and as part of dog entertainment shows.
Sheyla prides herself in staying current with the changes in the sport and believes strongly that dogs (like their human partners) are individuals and have different learning styles. She is well respected as a competitor, judge, coach and trainer. She has also competed in Obedience and Rally and is currently a CGC and Trick Dog Evaluator. She really enjoys the many video Trick Dog evaluations she has done.
Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, she has trained dogs for more than 20 years and achieved agility champion status in both AKC (MACH) and USDAA (multiple ADCH, PDCH and even LAA). She has competed at the AKC Agility Invitational as part of the Puerto Rico delegation with both her Border Collie Chill and her Pug Minnie, who earned Top International Dog in 2011. Over the years she has had the chance to compete in agility with 2 Pugs, a Doberman, Border Collies, a Labrador Retriever and a “large” All American.
We are very excited to have Sheyla join the AKC Agility department starting on November 28, 2022.