Janita Leinonen

Janita, the creator of the OneMind Dogs method, is a genuine all-round dog sports expert. As reflected in her kennel name Decathletes, Janita and her first border collie Visse competed in ten different dog sports including obedience, flyball, disaster rescue, water rescue, breed shows and various working trials such as tracking, searching and messenger dog trials. In recent years Janita has focused on agility, both as a coach and as a competitor.  She is in hot demand for seminars around Europe and the world.

Janita has had two turning points in her agility career. The first, absolutely the most important thing she ever learned, was taught to her by her deaf border collie Tekla: Vocal commands do not matter at all if your other signals contradict them.

Another important turning point was her visit to Scotland in 2004. During this visit she understood how to prepare puppies and young dogs for agility. Nowadays, OneMind Dogs basic training is so functional that puppies are comfortably trained, even to the level of champion.

Janita is a very determined and ambitious agility competitor. She has trained all her dogs to compete successfully at the international top level, and has won hundreds of competitions with her dogs.

As an instructor she demonstrates everything for her students to learn and develop – that’s her passion. She teaches honestly and speaks directly. She will do everything to find the best solutions for each individual student. She also remembers to give positive feedback when real progress happens. Janita’s desire is that handlers learn to understand their dogs so well that they can achieve the best possible results in agility course. Ultimately she wants to improve the wellbeing of dogs through spreading the word of the natural, dog-friendly OneMind Dogs method and encouraging the dog owners to spend time with their dog.

Janita lives and breathes agility. But in the interests of balance, she is also known for sleeping late in the mornings.


More about Janita:

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel "Pepsi" (1984-1992)

Border Collie "Visse" (1992-2006) - Zagala Fantasy Fame

  • The first Finnish triple Champion in the breed: Agility-, Obedience- and an International Show Champion.
  • Competing or passing tests in ten different dog sports: agility, obedience, tracking, search, messenger dog trial, search & rescue, flyball, breed shows, water rescue and herding

Border Collie "Tekla" (1997-2012) - Decathlete’s Black Velvet

  • The first Finnish Border Collie receiving champion titles in four different sports: Agility-, Obedience-, Working Trial- and a Show Champion
  • 2nd place Finnish Championships 2005
  • Agility Ranking Winner 2005
  • 1st place Finnish Open Championships 2004

Border Collie "Cosmo" (1999-2012) - Tending Magic Mind

  • Finnish, Swedish and International Agility Champion
  • Finnish and Swedish Obedience Champion
  • 9th place FCI AWC 2007
  • FCI AWC Team jumping winner 2007
  • in the national agility team 2005-2007
  • 3rd place Finnish Open Championships 2006
  • 3rd place Nordic Championships 2006
  • Agility Ranking Winner 2006

Borde Collie "Hugo" - Never Stop Artist of Decathlete’s

  • Finnish Agility Champion
  • Finnish Obedience Champion
  • 5th place Finnish Championships 2006

Border Collie "Hitti" - Decathlete’s Hornet

  • Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian and International Agility Champion
  • Finnish and Swedish Jumping Champion
  • Finnish Obedience Champion
  • 1st place EO 2013
  • Winner of the Finnish national tryouts 2013
  • 3rd place Nordic Championships 2012
  • 2nd place EO 2011
  • 1st place EO Team 2010-2011
  • 1st place Nordic Championships 2009-2011
  • Agility Ranking Winner 2009-2011
  • 1 st place Nations Cup Team 2010
  • 3rd place Finnish Championships 2010
  • 1st place Finnish Open Championships 2010
  • 3rd  place Finnish Open Championships 2009

Border Collie "Fu" - Against All Odds Czech Fan

  • Agility Ranking-1 2013
  • Winner of the Finnish national tryouts 2014

Borrowed dogs:

Border Collie "Omie" - Decathlete’s Galaxy

In 2010 Janita competed half a year with Omie achieving:

  • 8th place FCI AWC 2010
  • 2nd place Nordic Championships, 3rd place Nordic Championships Team
  • Winner of the Finnish national tryouts
  • 1st place EO Team
  • 4th place Finnish Championships
  • 3rd  place Finnish Open Championships
  • 1st place Regional Championships
  • Norwegian Agility Champion
  • 34 clean runs