Lynn Spagnesi B.S. M.S.
Lynn brings a diverse background in behavioral education to her learning sessions. With a B.S. in Education, a Masters in Special Education and a minor in Psychology, she began her educational experiences working directly with challenging populations. There she was instrumental in the development of teacher training programs. She accumulated 37+ years of designing individualized special education fitness and technology programs. She developed curriculum for extremely challenging populations in the area of lifeskills fitness and performance training.
No stranger to high level competitions, Lynn was a 5 star college athlete, the 1972 AAU's (Amateur Athletic Union), Eastern Regional Pentathlon winner, a player on the nationally recognized ASA's Raybestos Brakettes and the USVBA (United States Volleyball Association) Clippers. Each of the above progressed to national level competitions. Lynn was inducted into the Connecticut Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 1998 and the Connecticut Women's Volleyball Hall of Fame in 2003. She is among those named in Who's Who Among College Athletes, and excelled at officiating and coaching athletes at the Division 1 collegiate level.
Lynn began working with dogs in 1978. She was coaching
women's college basketball, and one of her players arrived at
practice with a puppy in every pocket of her jacket. The
puppies were abandoned during the Northeast blizzard of '78! From that venture, she sought to increase her skills
in the canine world. She was gifted to share 17.5 years with
"GEORGE" a behaviorally creative "mix" from that rescued litter. Lynn has worked with and under Martha Bailey at the Smartydog Center For Canine Enrichment
for over 18years. She regularly attends behavioral seminars. She has attended canine seminars and
workshops with Stacey Peardot Goudy, John Rogerson, Steve White, Patricia
McConnell, Debbie Hutchinson, Terri Cesarak, Brenda Aloff, Mary Ellen Barry,
Anna Eiffert, Judy Reilly, Rachel Sanders, Jenn Pinder, Pat Miller, John Nys, Mary Jo Lavin, Lori Kline,
Suzanne Milheron and Sue Sternberg.
She credits most of her hands on canine behavioral learning to Martha Bailey.
Lynn specializes in creative and diverse activities designed to build confidence and improve the human/handler connection. She is known for assisting the pre-novice and novice level team with the "skills between the obstacles".
Lynn spends the majority of her time outdoors, enjoying life
and "Play-Training" her dogs, a method which integrates fun, connection,
confidence and directional work with various challenges.
places the human-canine "TEAM" connection above all other
skills. She has enjoyed "playing" FORMAL agility since 2000, with
Buddy, a robust, highly enthusiastic rescue Labrador retriever.
Lynn credits Buddy with being one of her greatest agility instructors.
Buddy crossed the rainbow bridge in 2011. Buddy, (Buddy Balm of Cook Hill), taught LYNN how to guide him to his C-atch-3, CT-atch, Nadac Elite, P2 USDAA AND akc EXCELLENT level titles.
MACH Billy Joe Hunter joined the family in 2004. He achieved his AKC MACH, a C-ate and 2 C-atch's, Usdaa MAD and all his Elite Nadac titles. He earned his CGC, as well as his INTERMEDIATE TRICK dog title. Billy-Joe also added tracking and noseworks to his repertoire. BJ regularly competed in the highest levels across several agility venues until his retirement in 2013. Known for having fun - Q or NQ - you would ALWAYS catch them smiling as they negotiated their courses!
Mach Billy-Joe Hunter crossed the rainbow bridge in 2013.
PACH Your Wish Is Granted Long Live Jambi
"JJ" is the third in line of the "Joe-Boys". He enjoyed his SMARTYDOG puppy and basic lessons and continues to participate in Smartydog's FLEX program.
At 11 months of age, at the Labrador Retriever National Specialty, Jambi-Joe placed 1st on two consecutive days with scores of 99 and 100 in Rally Novice. Jambi-Joe achieved his AKC Rally Novice Title before he was 2yrs old!
his AKC PACH championship and a USDAA Master Agility Dog title.
He has also completed CPE C-atches and a C-ATE and Nadac elite titles.
He currently competes in noseworks where he is affectionately knick named "The Professor".
He's known for being a "thinking" dog. He currently competes in noseworks having passed all NASCW and PSD Odor recognition assessments on his first attempts! He is known for his under 10 second searches!
Jambi-Joe also has his INTERMEDIATE TRICK dog title.
Mistyfield's Dance With An Angel
Dance With An Angel), is the youngest of the Joe Boys! He is currently
participating in Smartydog's flex and Core Classes - He has earned his AKC
Masters agility titles and is working on his USDAA P-ADCH and CPE C-ATE.
He is beginning to compete in rally and has passed all his noseworks odor recognition tests.
You can hear him barking with drive and joy as he negotiates agility courses or find him woo'ing folks for treats with his downright CUTENESS!
======================================================================================================================You You will catch The Joe-Boys kayaking, and at agility, noseworks or rally trials in the northeast - and weekly in Smartydog's Flex classes having a grand time!