Mari Kaplas

Mari’s life philosophy is to seize the moment; she loves to enjoy whatever she is doing. As well as agility, Mari is a specialist in the physical conditioning of dogs and she always wants to make sure that the dogs are in the top shape possible. If something is wrong, she will do everything she can to rehabilitate the dog.

Mari wants to train her dogs well and she spends a lot of time on obstacle and technique training. Because she cannot run as fast as Usain Bolt, she aims to handle her dogs well from a distance and allow them to move independently in the course.

Mari has he own style of agility, even though she knows that it is sometimes risky to handle the dog from a distance. She believes in her approach and not without reason: she has been in the Finnish national team several times with her dogs.

Feeling good about what she is doing is also important when Mari is teaching. She gets inspired when the students learn to understand their dogs and develop as handlers. Mari believes that if you train enough to become a technically skillful handler, you don’t have to be the fastest runner in the competition and you can still be successful.

Mari can spend a lot of time training with her dogs but most of her time is spent thinking and evaluating all options. She wants to understand her dogs even better and develop as a handler all the time.


More about Mari:

Japanese Spitz "Lippe"

  • The first Obedience Champion of the breed in Finland
  • Finnish Show Champion

Belgian Shepherd, tervueren "Devi"

  • Finnish Agility Champion
  • Finnish Obedience Champion
  • Finnish Working Trial Champion
  • Finnish Show Champion

Australian Kelpie "Cisy"

  • Finnish, Swedish and International Agility Champion
  • International Show Champion
  • in the Finnish national team 2000-2004
  • 5th place FCI AWC 2000
  • 1st place Finnish Team Championships 2001
  • 2nd place Nordic Championships 2001 and 2004
  • 3rd place Finnish Championships 2002
  • 1st place Nordic Team Championships 2004

Mudi "Saima"

  • 3rd place Finnish Agility Championships 2009
  • In the Finnish national team in 2009
  • 2nd place Nordic Agility Championships 2009
  • 1st place Finnish Championships 2005

Australian Kelpie "BC" - Durante Diza

  • Finnish Agility Champion
  • 2nd place Nordic Championships Team 2011
  • The winner of the national tryouts 2011
  • 2nd place Finnish Championships Team 2010

Border Collie "Kiia"

  • Mari started compete with Kiia when the dog was 4 years old, competing now in class 3

Australian Kelpie "Hu" (2013-)