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The famous Q-TIP of the Calgary Stampede Dog Bowl belongs to Carly Zeleny. Q-Tip's fans have brought posters and signs to the Dog Bowl, and she is always mobbed for autographs... Q-Tip is definitely a celebrity!
Carly Zeleny

The Canine Stars
Trainer

Since
2018

Specialty:
Agility, Freestyle Dance

Alberta
Canada

THE CANINE STARS TEAM

Trainer

BIOGRAPHY

Interview with

Carly Zeleny

April 8, 2021

By

@CANINESTARS

Q: What’s your specialty in The Canine Stars shows?

Q-Tip and I do agility for the Canine Stars performances. We enjoy jumps, tunnels and weave poles. Sometimes we will do a dock diving performance (she gets some good distance for a small dog). She also dances but she can be a little performance shy. I think her all time favorite part of any show is the meet and greet! She LOVES meeting everyone!

Q: Tell us about your pack…your family of dogs.

I have two dogs and a cat. Katie is an 11 year old Maltese X Yorkie. She is showing her age and the only trick she does now is ‘sit’ and only when she wants too. However she’ll do anything for food. Q-Tip is a 5 year old Havanese and for a small dog she has a lot of work ethic. She wants to go and unlike Katie, she needs something to do. She loves agility and trick training. Callie is the cat of the family and is 9 years old. My cousin found her on the highway after seeing her thrown from a vehicle. Her favorite toys are tennis balls and she is the biggest cuddle bug.

Carly Zeleny

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performing dogs

Q-Tip

Q-Tip

Havanese

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retired stars, and those waiting at the bridge

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Q: What are your favorite Canine Stars shows and adventures?

Q-Tip and I love performing at the Calgary Stampede. The crowds are amazing and there is so much energy. It is amazing to perform in front of thousands of people!

Q: What are your top FOUNDATION skills that you like to train?

My three most important foundation skills are based on agility and having a well mannered dog. My main foundation skill is training a ‘down’. My dogs have an automatic down when walking if we stop or when crossing a road. It also helps in agility to settle them and calm them. I teach a ‘leave it’ command more for safety. I do not want my dogs eating things or getting too excited by people or other animals. By teaching ‘leave it’ they understand they get a better reward from me, not from what they want in that moment. I also teach a ‘touch’. Touch is a main training component in agility and I also use it as a foundation skill for tricks and recall.

Q: What are your favorite TRICK skills that you teach all your dogs?

Every dog has different tastes and different tricks they enjoy. My favorite tricks to train are leg weaves, jumping into my arms and spin. There are so many fun tricks to train and its an amazing way to bond with your dog!

Q: How did you get started in dog sports and dog training?

I started training dogs when I was a child. I have always loved animals and my first dog was an amazing girl. My parents had a Cocker Spaniel so when I was born I had an older doggie sister. I grew up with her and to this day, I believe she was the smartest dog out there. She got me interested in training. She liked to hunt and when she went deaf in her older age I taught her hand signals, she picked them up quickly and to this day I love working with special needs dogs and enjoyed my time volunteering at multiple rescues.

Q: Outside of performing with The Canine Stars, what is your “normal” life like?

I started training dogs when I was a child. I have always loved animals and my first dog was an amazing girl. My parents had a Cocker Spaniel so when I was born I had an older doggie sister. I grew up with her and to this day, I believe she was the smartest dog out there. She got me interested in training. She liked to hunt and when she went deaf in her older age I taught her hand signals, she picked them up quickly and to this day I love working with special needs dogs and enjoyed my time volunteering at multiple rescues.