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


“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

Greatness Lives Within Us

“Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.” — Wilma Rudolph, U.S. gold medalist in track and field At some point we’ve all been made to feel that greatness was not meant for… read more

My Dog Could Do Agility, But….

Eavesdropping at an agility trial, I heard: My dog is too old. I’m too old. He’s too slow. I’m too slow. I don’t want him to jump out of the yard. He’s the wrong breed. Training costs too much. I heard all of those statements over the past weekend, as I sat in the stands… read more


Reinforcement in Dog Training: The Positive and the Negative

I recently reread Temple Grandin’s book “Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals” in which she brilliantly differentiates between various training techniques, including Positive Reinforcement and Negative Punishment. It got me thinking about how often in dog training these terms are misused and confused, so this post is about explaining these terms… 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

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Harbor City Resident Will Compete in The 2nd Annual Masters Agility Championship at WKC

A Harbor City resident will be competing in The 2nd Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster in New York City on Saturday, Feb. 14, the opening act of the famed Westminster Week and its celebration of dogs. Deborah Davidson Harpur and her Rat Terrier, Rickie Roo will be among the more than 3,000 dogs competing… read more

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