My name is Martijn Servaas. Together with Nicole and our two children, Kim and Lars, I live in Aalst-Waalre, just under Eindhoven, the Netherlands. I am working in child welfare. As a family counselor, I help families in which one or more children are placed in care.
My first run in agility was in 1988 when I was 13 years old. In 1994 I started with my first own dog with training and competing. Since that time a lot has changed in agility. But one thing has always been the same for me for more than 20 years: the fun my dogs and I have in practicing this beautiful sport.
Nowadays I have quite some experience in agility as a competitor and as a trainer. On both counts, I do so with pleasure and success. I have trained various combinations at high level. Combinations that have achieved good results at national and international level.
With my dog Kate I became Dutch champion in 2006 and 2011 and vice Dutch champion in 2012. I represented the Netherlands at four Agility World Championships. Best result coming in 2nd place with the Dutch large team at the Agility World Championship in Finland in 2008. My specialty with Kate where tight turns. Kate was not the fastest dog in the Netherlands. Absolutely not slow, but certainly not the fastest. Through much motivation, tight turns, smart handling and to run and with guts, I've performed with Kate for years in the top of the Netherlands. In 2012, Kate retired.
These days I compete with Pem in highest grade in the Netherlands. Pem is a completely different dog than Kate. Her speed forced me to change my handling. Also competition and courses changed so I faced new challenges. Still tight turns are very important. But nowadays combined with high speed. I'm good in keeping control while keeping the speed as high as possible. In 2014 Pem and I won the Dutch Masters. In 2015 we represented the Netherlands at the Crufts International Invitation (2nd place at Jumping and finalist) and in 2016 we represented the Netherlands at the World Agility Open Championships.
Going fast is important to me, both for handler and dog. But you don’t have to be a fast runner to be a fast handler. A quick start, different types of turns well timed and executed and good handling positions can make a world of difference. You can often achieve more than you think. In my training I'd like to challenge people so they can get the most out of themselves and their dogs.