Debbie Lazaro has been training dogs since 1993. She first began showing in obedience and then started agility in 1997. She also participates in herding, Schutzhund and barn hunt, and runs the rescue group, ECHO (East Coast Herding Dog Rescue). Debbie has been known to work successfully with many difficult and reactive dogs, enabling the teams to reach their potential. She takes a behavioral and relationship approach to all her training. Debbie stresses the importance of foundation training, training in drive, finding what motivates each particular dog, finding the most efficient path, as well as focusing on details while still maintaining fun for both handler and dog. Her handling system incorporates traditional, motion based handling as well as the One Mind handling system. Debbie has attended UKI Nationals, several AKC National events (both agility & obedience) as well as numerous USDAA Nationals (Cynosport) where her dogs have made it to semi finals, finals and/or placed in the top 10 of their class. Her dogs have also made the podium at several USDAA Regional events, with numerous placements throughout the years. Her dogs have achieved many advanced titles, including MACH, AdCH, OtCH, UDX, NATCH.