About Grace

Grace Heck aspires to help each team reach their fullest potential through a focus on solid foundational skills, understanding each dog's motivators, and an eye for precision and clarity in dog - human interactions. To accomplish this, she uses positive reinforcement based methods, and detailed explanations of the "why" behind each training scenario. Grace is currently competing at the Masters level in multiple venues with her Mixed Breed PACH Riley, Border Collie Finnick, and Sheltie Burst.  Grace and Fin have also travelled the world together, competing in the Fionia cup in Denmark (2019), and were named to the 2020 Americas y Caribbe Team USA.

Recent accomplishments include: 

  • 2020 Americas y Caribbe Team USA large team member

  • 2019 US Open: Top 10 Power & Speed, 4th Overall Last Chance Master's Series, 5th Biathlon Overall

  • 2019 NE Regionals 3rd Place Performance Grand Prix Finals

  • 2019 Fionia Cup (Denmark) Competitor

  • 2019 UKI NE Cup 2nd Place Speedstakes Overall

  • 2018 US Open: 3rd Place Last Chance Masters Overall, 7th Place Biathlon Overall, 7th Place Power and Speed

  • 2018 USDAA New England Regionals 3rd Place Triathlon

  • 2018 USDAA Mid-Atlantic Regional: 3rd Place Performance Masters Challenge Jumpers, 5th Place Performance Speed Jumping

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Grace is the owner of Hounds of Heck! She is a full time dog trainer and agility coach! Click here to visit her website! 

Seminar topics! 

Handling from Ahead 

Friday, August 13th, 10 am - 1:30 pm

**SEMINAR IS FULL - EMAIL FOR WAITLIST**

$125 per team ($5 discount for current KK9 students)

$45 per audit spot

Learn how to get the commitment you need so you can trust your dog and get ahead! Stop babysitting those technical pieces of the course! We'll cover a variety of common techniques to cue wraps, slices, and threadles and pair that with course analysis showing you how to use these techniques to get ahead and stay ahead! Whether you're trying to build motivation and speed, or learn how to "ride the bullet" with your super fast dog, this seminar is for you! We’ll use an international style courses to break down the techniques and show you how to use them in real world scenarios. This seminar is appropriate for teams sequencing 7-8 obstacles; jumps, tunnels, and weaves may be used.

Skills and Drills - add a little spice! 

Friday, August 13th, 2:30 - 6 pm

**SEMINAR IS FULL - EMAIL FOR WAITLIST**

$125 per team ($5 discount for current KK9 students)

$45 per audit spot

This seminar will focus on learning how and when to execute International style handling techniques such as: reverse wraps, German turns, Forced Front turns, the "In In", Fliks, and more.  We'll break the handling down in 1 jump drills, with a focus on building independence and clarity for our dogs.  Then, we'll put things together in short sequences so handlers can get used to executing the maneuvers in flow.  Handlers will leave with an understanding of not just how to execute the technique, but where to use it, when, and why.  This seminar is appropriate for teams sequencing 4+ obstacles; only jumps and tunnels will be used.

Agility FUNdamentals
Saturday, August 14th, 9 am - 12:00 pm
1 working spot available

$115 per team ($5 discount for current KK9 Students)

$45 per audit spot

Have a blast teaching amazing foundation games to your pup! These games are age-appropriate, motivational, incredibly useful, and SO MUCH FUN!  This seminar is age appropriate for puppies 3 - 12 months who are working towards becoming adult canine athletes.  Older dogs are welcome that are in the beginning stages of learning agility. No previous knowledge or skill is required.

Driving the Line + Handling from a Distance

Saturday, August 14th, 1 pm - 4:30 pm

**SEMINAR IS FULL - EMAIL FOR WAITLIST**

$125 per team ($5 discount for current KK9 students)

$45 per audit spot

Work on your team's speed and consistency with these challenging masters style courses.  Instruction will focus on finding the fastest line for your dog, then fitting the handling options to that line.  *Dogs should be proficient on jumps, tunnels and weaves and training/showing at masters level.*

Masters Coursework - with an international twist

Sunday, August 15th, 9 am - 12:30 pm

**SEMINAR IS FULL - EMAIL FOR WAITLIST**

$125 per team ($5 discount for current KK9 students)

$45 per audit spot

Work on your team's speed and consistency with these challenging international style courses.  Instruction will focus on finding the fastest line for your dog, then fitting the handling options to that line.  *Dogs should be proficient on jumps, tunnels and weaves and training/showing at masters/premiere level.*

Skills and Drills with Tunnels and Jumps

Sunday, August 15th, 1:30 pm - 5 pm

**SEMINAR IS FULL - EMAIL FOR WAITLIST**

$125 per team ($5 discount for current KK9 students)

$45 per audit spot

This is a great workshop for all levels of dogs! Using only jumps and tunnels, we'll work on teaching dogs how to turn out of tunnels, backside tunnel sends, tunnel threadles and pull throughs, and tunnel discrimination challenges!  Appropriate for dogs sequencing 4+ obstacles.