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Lily & Jo: The Road to Agility Dog Champion

Sometimes we pick our dogs, but more often they “pick” us. They put their complete faith in us, and we are challenged to do likewise with them. In agility, that can be amplified when one chooses a breed that isn’t considered one of the top in the sport to reach for those coveted top-tier titles…. read more

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Unlikely Breed Earning USDAA Titles

Zonda is the first Dogo Argentino to earn a USDAA title! We’ve all come across that one special dog that connects to our hearts and souls like no other dog before them. There are also standout dogs in any breed that not only exhibit their breed traits, but also have an amazing personality. Del Rio… read more



I expected to be upset after Worlds—a lot, actually. Over the end of something great, an adventure I’ve been pining over for most of my life. I haven’t cried over it, surprisingly enough, though I’ve come close. Likely that’s because life elbowed in as soon as we landed, in the form of a chair sliding on a kitchen floor. … read more


Competitor Spotlight – Maureen Hughes

If you attend USDAA trials in Arizona, or neighboring states, you probably know Maureen Hughes. She isnt the most loud-spoken competitor at the shows, nor is she the one running half the dogs in a given jump height. She is recognizable as the one dressed in apparel emblazoned with Tigger, as in Winnie the Pooh’s… read more


More Things to Expect at Cynosport this Year

If you’re coming to Cynosport this , here’s some more helpful information to get yourself prepared! RVs RV hook-ups at the facility are by reservation only through WestWorld. Each RV space has water and electricity, but no sewer connection. Information on pumping services will be available for an additional fee and will be provided with… read more

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Working with a Deaf Dog in Agility

This week is National Deaf Dog Awareness Week. Learn more about training a deaf dog to compete with you in agility. Running a deaf dog in agility can be a blast, but it does take special training and handling techniques. While there are challenges, you will build your skills and have such fun. Here are a… read more

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Competitor Spotlight – Alice Reinkemeye

Growing up on her family farm in South Central Missouri, Alice Reinkemeyer is used to being around all types of animals. Her family has always had working dogs to help with the farm stock, but never considered agility competition until she and her family brought Sophie, a Golden-Doodle, home. In true breed fashion, Sophie is… read more


AKC Suspends Use of Collapsed Tunnel

After concerns raised by the Agility community involving the collapsed tunnel, AKC Agility has suspended the use of this obstacle. See a message from Carrie DeYoung, Director of Agility, below: This past week, the AKC Agility department held their annual field representative meeting. During the meeting, the staff reviewed concerns raised by the Agility community… read more


Strength, Among Other Things

August—already? Welcome you hot, uncomfortable month, you. The summer has been slipping past, a blur of celebrations, and joy, mingling with a profound pain for my family and for a good friend. It’s been a confusing one, a good one, a terrible one, the best—and worst— all wrapped up in one. That’s the gorgeously complicated… read more

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Competitor Spotlight – Tina and Darryl Power

Last month, Tina and Darryl Power packed up their RV and Border Collies and trekked the 220 some miles from their home in New York to Geneva, Ohio for Title Mania. They competed with three of their dogs at the event – Loudon, Joliet and Rock. Thirteen-year-old Bristol spent the weekend with his human grandparents… read more

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