Accentuate the Positive

There are lots of things in life we can control, but many that we can’t. I’ve been learning to come to terms with this. When I was younger I thought I could control a whole lot more than I actually could. I thought I could control exactly what my future with Nike was going to… read more


Make a Splash! AKC Dock Diving Tutorial Now Available

Interested in trying a new sport with your dog this spring and summer? We’ve created a video tutorial with North America Diving Dogs that will teach you how to introduce your dog to dock jumping in a fun and safe way. Don’t have a dock to practice on or need in-person assistance? Find a pool, practice… read more

Destination – Herding

Dog fanciers are forever looking for dog friendly vacation spots and lodgings. If those lodgings happen to come with sheep and ducks for someone with a herding dog – why even better! Many fanciers are looking to take their dogs back to their roots and prove that breed champions can still do the work the… read more

“Win or Go Down in Flames”– Becoming Competitive

Every so often I reflect on everything Rush has taught me about agility. First off, he made me realize that I needed to be more fit. Forty-some pounds later, I’m only about twenty pounds from goal weight. I’ve gone from barely being able to run for a minute (alternating with walking four minutes) to being… read more

Winners Crowned at the American Kennel Club National Agility Championship

New York, N.Y. – Eleven AKC® National Agility Champions were crowned this weekend at the American Kennel Club® (AKC®) National Agility Championship, held at the Reno Livestock Events Center in Reno, Nevada. The Championship, sponsored by J & J Dog Supplies, MAX 200, M.A.D. Agility and Voyce, drew a combined entry of more than 1,000… read more

Achieving Goals with Dreams, Focus & Occasionally Letting Go

“Set a goal so big you can’t achieve it until you grow into the person who can.” -unknown I was told many years ago by a friend that the reason I hadn’t reached my goals yet was because I wanted them too much. That I was too focused. I needed to forget about it, to… read more


“If you want something you’ve never had, you’ve got to do something you never done before.” I planned on writing a New Year’s blog post (I know, I know: it’s March already), but I couldn’t bring myself to do it for some reason. Maybe because I didn’t feel like I could put a feeling to… read more

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Winners Crowned at the American Kennel Club AKC Rally and Obedience National Championships

New York, N.Y. – The 2015 Obedience and AKC Rally® National Champions were crowned this weekend at the American Kennel Club® (AKC®) National Obedience Championship and the AKC Rally National Championship, held at Purina Farms just outside of St. Louis, Missouri. The Championships, sponsored by J & J Dog Supplies, RB Rubber Products, Inc. and… read more

Keeping the Fun in Dog Sports – Barn Hunt Style Part 2

Many barn hunt events are held in, well, barns. This might mean “working” barns or empty barns at fairgrounds. (And yes, barn hunts are now being integrated into some dog show venues but they still tend to be rural overall). With these locales, it can be difficult to arrange for food vendors. Central Bark Unorthodog… 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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