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Best In Show Daily Introduces Two New Contributors

Hi! My name is Style. Actually, it’s Puppy Style ‘cause I’m named after a human kid named Style, but I’m not so sure you are interested in all that. My big fancy name is Blackwoods She’s Got Brazile’n Style, STAR puppy, CGC. But no one EVER calls me that. I’m a 9 month old Rat… read more

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A Profile of Jessica Brown and Her Dog Bug

Tell us about your dog. Where did he come from? Bug is an at least 10-years-old Chihuahua mix. I adopted him from Maricopa County Animal Care and Control during a big adoption event. He was the only Chi remaining in his kennel, and he was shaking. A volunteer was trying to console him when I… read more

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A Profile of Competitor Nancy Tetrick and Her Rescued Dog Siobhan (Bonnie)

My little dog Siobhan AKA Bonnie is a Border Collie, or BC mix, that came to me via an animal shelter and Border Collie Rescue of Northern California. She had been brought in to the pound by animal control because her people had been taken to jail. She was two or three years old at… read more

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Trick the Border Collie Wins 4th Westminster Masters Agility Championship

After an intense day of preliminary competition, the top dogs displayed their talents in the 4th Westminster Masters Agility Championship finals on Saturday, February 11th. The dogs and their handlers had a tough course ahead of them, but despite the challenges, a good time was had by all and there were some incredible runs. In… read more

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Three Generations of Champions

There’s an old saying that goes, “A family that plays together, stays together.” The intentions of this adage obviously was meant to be about humans and for humans, but for a group of Beagle-loving USDAA competitors, this saying holds true for them too. This “family” consists of Jan Weiher and Hootie, Diane Dittrich and Timber… read more

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Teaching the See-Saw with the TipAssist

Getting the Great See-Saw Performance You’ve Always Wanted! So many trainers! So many ideas! Where to start? As with pretty much any subjectand teaching the see-saw is no exceptionthere will be more than one opinion about ”the” way to approach the challenge. Your trainer’s favorite method will likely differ from that of your friend’s trainer…. read more

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Problem Solving Weaves – Part One

Weaves - Such a great obstacle, so many challenges! A different perspective. “My dog keeps missing the entries!” ”He keeps popping out after number 10!” “Why is he avoiding the weaves in trials when he does them perfectly well at home!” ”He seems to be slowing down in the weaves!” When done well, this obstacle… read more

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Skills for Both Ends of the Lead – Fabulous Focus, Part 1

One of the nicest compliments I receive when out and about with my girl, Willow, a three-and-a-half year old Australian Shepherd, is, “Look at the way she watches you!” That comment is usually followed by something like, “My dog could never do that. He just wont listen to me!” Then the conversation often flows to… read more

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Rest

Slow down. Focus. Rest. I’ve heard these things before and I’ve heard a lot more of them in the last two months. It has been an impossible thing to do this last year—year and a half, really. I purposely filled my schedule following Worlds as an attempt to cover up the pain of the event… read more

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What Makes a Great Competitor?

What makes a competitor great? I’ve been mulling this question over for quite a while. Because I think, at the heart of it, a great competitor is composed of much more than just what can be gleaned from the surface. Is it based solely on results? On how many nationals/ invitationals/ tryouts/ worlds an individual… read more

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