Performance

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In the Dog House

AFTER writing about whether agility might one day become an official ‘sport’ I was delighted to hear from the man himself, agility pioneer Peter Lewis. He says: “I had already noted that the Agility Council was to debate again a possible approach to the Sports Council. Now I am prompted by your appraisal of the… 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

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What to Watch When You Watch a Dog Agility Event

Agility: A Summary for the Unitiated You’ve arrived at the dog show, and you’ve seen your favorite breed in the ring. Now you’re waiting for the group competition, so you wander over to the agility ring, with the athletic dogs performing the obstacles as they’re directed around the arena by their handlers. The audience laughs… 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

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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

A dog that naturally prefers to heel, like this Kelpie, can make for an ideal track dog. Photos courtesy of Larry King.

Track Dogs Make a Living

When we hear the words “track dogs,” we think of racing Greyhounds. When we hear the words “showing and conditioning,” we think of show dogs. In Texas however, those words often have totally different meanings. “Track dogs” are dogs who put in an honest day’s work helping to condition show goats and sheep. Yes, there… read more

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Train Your Wee, Little Dog As If It Were Cujo!

Small dog breeds and mixes are more popular than ever, in part because they fit well in smaller homes and urban environments. I was always more fond of larger dogs until I volunteered for a few years with an organization that rescues small dogs, where I came to better appreciate the personalities and antics of… read more

Video – 2014 AKC National Agility Championship, Some Very Fast Dogs!

Take a look at some of the great dogs than ran at the 2014 AKC National Agility Championship!

Nation’s Top Agility, Obedience and Rally Dogs Compete in 2014 AKC Companion Events Extravaganza

More than 2,000 talented purebred and mixed-breed canines will jump, heel and retrieve their way to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on March 27-30, 2014 for the second Companion Events Extravaganza, hosted by the American Kennel Club® (AKC®). Over the four days, a record number of dogs will compete in the AKC National Agility Championship, AKC National Obedience… read more

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