Robert Moray, a native Californian, and former state humane officer, is a regular face at the Companion Animal Village. For the past few years, he has been teaching classes for spcaLA Friends for Life Camp™, taking classes and seminars at the Companion Animal Village Education Center, washing dogs, hosting demonstrations and, of course, instructing many Dog Agility classes. Robert has worked in the pet industry since 1979, training cats, dogs, exotic birds and their humans. In the Winter of 1993, Robert was recruited to be the ring announcer at a Dog Agility Regional Qualifier, even though he had never ever seen the sport. He was hooked immediately and, as so many people have, became addicted to the game.
“It’s the most fun you can legally have with your dog!” says Robert, who spent over a year volunteering at agility shows, learning all the jobs at the trials and became an assistant agility trainer.
In June 1994 Robert adopted his first puppy, with going to the nationals as a goal. “Presto” a red merle Australian Shepherd has earned agility titles from the American Kennel Club, North American Dog Agility Counsel and United States Dog Agility Association. She and Robert went to the nationals twice, and in 2001, had a second place finish in Strategic Pairs.
Currently Robert shares his life with Miko and Cheers, both Australian Shepherds, and “Dini,” a Miniature Pinscher adopted from the spcaLA South Bay Pet Adoption Center. Miko and Robert qualified in three national events, and again this year in two different events—Performance Speed Jumpers and Performance Versatility Pairs.
Robert was instrumental in launching three long-running Agility programs in Southern California, and is a regular fixture as an in-demand instructor around L.A., the Valley and the South Bay.