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Connecticut Vet ‘Listens’ to Her Dogs When It Comes to Performance Events

Heather Rife, D.V.M., just might be a modern-day Dr. Doolittle. The East Haven, Conn., veterinarian can hear what her dogs tell her. OK, they don’t bark or whine to let her know which performance events and other canine activities they want to do. Nor do they speak English. But she watches their reactions, gauges their… read more

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Run, Jump, Splash: Dock Diving’s Fun for Just About Everyone

Remember running down the dock and jumping into the lake when you were a kid? How about springing off the diving board into a cool pool on a hot summer day? Just a little bit of danger, a burst of energy as you take off, then the giddiness of hitting the water and the exhilaration… read more

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Stephanie O’Reilly’s Dogs Do Just About Everything

It’s June 14, 2012, and Stephanie O’Reilly knows what she’ll be doing virtually every weekend for the rest of this year. She’ll be at one conformation show, then at performance trials for all but five of them. She doesn’t work for the American Kennel Club or the United States Dog Agility Association, nor is she… read more

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It Takes a Team to Play Flyball

Flyball is virtually the only dog sport which requires multiple people and dogs to perform together as a single team. In almost every other canine performance event, one handler and one or more dogs make up the competing unit. It’s true for agility, dock diving, conformation, obedience, flying disc and sledding, to name just a… read more

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A Personal Look into the Agility World with Tori and Rev

I am more than thrilled to introduce DFR readers to a talented, unique, inspiring and very accomplished young woman. Her name is Tori Self, and her loyal teammate – who is always by her side – is her adorable Border Collie, Revolution or Rev for short. This duo has managed to stay at the head… read more

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Newfoundlands Take to Rescue Like Fish to Water

Photos by Glenn Lesher/Colonial Newfoundland Club Some dogs jump, tunnel or track another animals’ scent during performance trials. Others rescue people. Dogs like Beacon, Buoy and Sonar do anyway. They belong to Christie Smith, a landscaper who lives in Manakin, Va., and competes with her three dogs in Newfoundland Club of America water rescue trials…. read more

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Agility Obstacle No. 1: The Handler Can’t Run the Course

And you thought agility was hard. Try doing it without turning your body, even your shoulders, and while losing sight of your dog for three seconds at a time. That’s what agility is like for Deb Nezgoda of Morris, Ill., and her 3-year-old Irish Water Spaniel, ‘Ba-Rock,’ Ch. Whistle Stop Winds of Change, CDX, TD,… read more

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Earthdogs and Submarine Races

It never rains in Southern California. Ha! Don’t you believe it. We just had a day of high winds and heavy, torrential rains in South El Monte, Calif., about 14 miles east of Los Angeles. The only thing missing was lightning, thank goodness! But – as with almost any good dog event – the show… read more

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Chance Encounter Sends Saluki Breeder on 40-Year Lure-Coursing Odyssey

A Mustang brought Peter Lowe to America, but Salukis kept him here. Mind you, we’re not talking wild mustangs — we’re talking Mustangs of the Ford variety. The renowned lure-coursing organizer, competitor and judge was 24 years old and just out of college when he lunched each day in a typically British pub in Farnborough,… read more

USDAA President Never Planned a Career in Dogs

Kenneth Tatsch can weave, jump through hoops and balance a teeter totter as well as even a top agility dog. He has to. It’s all part of his job as the president of the United States Dog Agility Association. While dogs are dashing around agility courses all over the United States and in other countries,… read more

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