Richard L Reynolds

Therein Lies a Tail

It is the morning after the biggest dog show in the world, Crufts, and the social media is abuzz with endless comments about the show, the Scottish terrier that won Best in Show, and the “horrid” handler that abused the poor dog in the Best in Show ring. Her sin? She picked the dog up… read more

When Weaknesses are Strengths

“If you can’t embrace failure, or the possibility of failure, then there is no chance for success.” What makes successful people the success they are—the competitors they are—is because they not only embrace and welcome the fear we all experience, but they use it to their advantage. We all face fear in some manner, but… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Too Cool for School

Has “Too Cool for School” trumped “Old School”? A young friend of mine recently was reminiscing on social media about learning to trim a very challenging terrier breed. I remember her excitement and trepidation when she first took on this new task. And her sense of accomplishment when she got it right. It made me… read more

Keeping Your Head On Straight: Setting Achievable, Positive Goals

My last post dealt with great competitors. While doing some reading for it I came across an article that shed some light on the minds of great competitors, including a quote that I haven’t been able to shake since I’ve read it. The writer had spoken to a young Maria Sharapova (only 9 years old… read more

Breed Spotlight: The Charming Dandie Dinmont Terrier

AKC Gazette breed column: Survival of this rare terrier breed depends on getting the word out to potential owners about the Dandie’s charm and personality. Everyone smiles when they see a Dandie Dinmont Terrier. They can’t help it. Whether on show grounds, sidewalks, or parks, the smiles are always there. The general public will ask,… read more

Agility – Prioritizing Whole Dog Health

There was much discussion the last week in the agility world– mostly consisting of how qualifications measured our success in this sport. I don’t plan on discussing that here. There were plenty of intelligent debates and discussions sparked because of the recent qualification changes to the NAC, many of which I wholeheartedly agree with. The… read more

Making the Most of the Holidays

When Eastern Dog Club made its move to The Big E (Eastern States Exposition Center) for its December shows, the club wanted to “stand out” in some way. The Big E now hosts dog shows all year round and the club wanted its own identity. The decision was made to make the most of the… read more

Analysis Paralysis in Agility

Growing up I was forgetful. And not just ditzy, little kid forgetful either. I forget everything– everything. I was the kid who was driven back to school almost every night because I forgot a notebook, a book, the homework, my calculator.. my backpack– and that’s if I even remembered that I forgot it in the… read more

Be Satisfied

This thought process occurred on the flight home– between hour-late departures out of Houston and racing down the concourse to the connecting flight. The urge to write always seems to strike at the most inopportune moments. Like driving, or at work, or at 2am, or when the battery of my phone is close to dying… read more


Helen King on Structure Evaluation

When Susan Garrett asked me to write about what kind of structure to look for in performance puppies, I thought, sure but how do I give them the meaning of life in a few paragraphs? OK, that is a bit of an exaggeration but it is not something you learn in one blog entry. It… read more

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