Trial Spotlight

A Black and Tan Coonhound, Gr. Nite Ch. GCh. ‘PR’ Bad to the Bones Black Hawk, took the high prize at the 2013 United Kennel Club Winter Classic for Coonhounds. Photo © United Kennel Club.

UKC Winter Classic Move to Mississippi Boosts Entries

For the first time in 26 years, the United Kennel Club Winter Classic Coon Hunt was not in Georgia. This year’s late January event moved to Batesville, Miss., a town of about 8,000. A move like that can be scary for an organization, for several reasons, according to Allen Gingerich, senior director of hunting events.As… read more

The winners of the 2012 AKC Agility Invitational were Toy Fox Terrier Blink with Johanna Ammentorp and Chinese Crested Ziggy with Estelle Robinson, in back, and, in front from left, All American Dog Crush with ArynHervel, Border Collie Maja with SilvinaBruera and All American Dog Roo with Stacey Campbell. Photo © AKC/Great Dane Photo.

Agility, Obedience Teams Shine in Florida

Even with thousands of dogs, handlers and support teams filling the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando for the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, performance events manage to draw plenty of competitors and fans. It’s (Almost) All About Speed Six hundred and forty-three dogs, including those run by juniors, did the speed and accuracy thing in the… read more


Performance Dogs, Handlers Get Moment in the AKC/Eukanuba Spotlight Too

It’s almost time for one of the biggest show weekends of the year, made even bigger by a change in the entry requirements of the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. But the weekend isn’t only about show dogs, as hundreds of obedience and agility champions descend on the city as… read more

A Doberman Pinscher enthusiastically chases the lure. Photo by Lynne and David Ezzell, Unharrie Studios.

A Dog Show Veteran Tries Something New

Although I’ve watched dogs in different performance events over the past few decades, I’ve personally never tried agility or obedience or any other event with my dogs. My mother actually started out in obedience. She earned CD titles on the first two Cairns she had, but fairly quickly was drawn into the conformation world. I’ve… read more

Five Terrier races during the UKC Grand Nationals saw the feisty, energetic breeds using their speed for ribbons and fun. Photo © United Kennel Club.

UKC 2012 Gateway Nationals Showcase Conformation and Performance Events

Three days of competition at the Purina Events Center in Gray Summit, Mo., brought together more than 600 dogs for United Kennel Club conformation, agility, obedience, rally obedience, lure coursing, Terrier races and dock diving. The UKC Gateway Nationals, in their third year, were designed to support the registry’s “Total Dog” philosophy, according to Tony… read more

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Spring Loaded and Ruff Enuff Win 2012 NAFA CanAm Classic

The fourth annual North American Flyball Association CanAm Classic began on October 12, 2012, with hundreds of dogs on dozens of teams in the West Pavilion of the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis and ended on October 14 after nearly 1,200 races when Spring Loaded – Who’s Your Daddy beat 2011’s winner Rocket Relay –… read more


U.S. Team Faces Big Challenge at FCI Agility Championship

The 12 teams chosen to represent the United States at the 2012 FCI Agility World Championship returned from Liberec, Czech Republic, earlier this month with a gold medal in Large Dog Team Jumping, a bronze in Small Dog Team Jumping, a seventh in Large Dog Individual and a fifth in Combined Large Dog. Both Carrie… read more

Sparx, a Border Collie from Windsor, Colo., jumped farther than any other dog during the 11 distance jumps held by Splash Dogs. He leapt 24 feet for his owner, Ken Hauff. Photo by Michael Curran, © ClickerLogic. //link “ClickerLogic” to //

Agility Dogs and Handlers Meet in Colorado for 2012 USDAA Event

A colorful, tent-filled nine acres of grass and turf greeted 900 agility dogs and 600 handlers for the USDAA World Cynosport Games in Commerce City, Colo. Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, about 20 miles west of the airport in Denver, was the site for the annual competition, which also features other canine sports. “The outdoor venue… read more


Introducing the 2012 AKC Agility World Team

The time has come for one of agility’s biggest events of the year! That’s right, starting today the 2012 FCI Agility World Championship will commence in the Czech Republic, where 38 countries are expected to compete for the big prize. The opening ceremony takes place today, and the event ends on Sunday, October 7, with… read more

Speed and agility are key to success in lure coursing. This year's NLCC was held in New York; 2013`s event is likely to be in the Northwest. Photo by Hunter's Run Action Photography.

New York Dog Takes AKC Lure-Coursing Championship

Two hundred and twenty sighthounds faced off earlier this month in the Finger Lakes region near Romulus, N.Y., to determine which one was the best American Kennel Club lure-coursing dog in the United States in 2012. Among those running were 35 lure-coursing champions, 10 conformation champions, 28 dual champions and nine grand champions. After two… read more

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