What’s It All About

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What Makes a Great Competitor?

What makes a competitor great? I’ve been mulling this question over for quite a while. Because I think, at the heart of it, a great competitor is composed of much more than just what can be gleaned from the surface. Is it based solely on results? On how many nationals/ invitationals/ tryouts/ worlds an individual… read more

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Five Heroic Dogs Honored With AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE)

New York, NY – The AKC® Humane Fund has announced the winners of the 16th annual AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE). These awards commemorate five loyal, hard-working dogs that have significantly impacted the lives of their owners and people in their communities. One award is presented in each of the following five… read more

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Dog Events Across the U.S. This Labor Day Weekend

Looking for something fun to do this Labor Day weekend? Consider heading out to see beautiful and talented dogs of all kinds at a dog show, agility or obedience trial, herdingtest, lure coursing trial, earthdog test, or other canine event in your area. Below are just a few of the many AKC dog events happening… read more

Say No/ Say Yes

Saying no to people is one of the hardest things for me to do. This is actually hard for me to even write out: it’s impossible to make everyone happy. It’s hard because part of my brain is screaming, “YES IT IS! YOU MUST TRY HARDER!” even as I type. I find myself over-committing constantly. I… read more

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Welcome Home Search Dogs and Handlers From Nepal

WELCOME HOME, SEARCH TEAMS!  The six SDF-trained Search Teams who deployed to Nepal as part of Team USA are home now after a long, challenging 18-day mission. Now that they’ve had time to rest and recuperate, we wanted to share their reflections with our family of supporters who made this possible. During the deployment, the… read more

What Will Be

I think it would be almost impossible to put everything I’m feeling into words. As it usually is, agility has the impressive power to bring the highest highs on the same day it delivers the lows. Except, I guess I never really felt that low this time around. Saturday was, without a doubt, my favorite… read more

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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

“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

Miracle and Kyle Overcome Adversity to Win Friends for Life Competition

Miracle, a rescue dog who was to be slaughtered for meat but who is now changing the life of a local six-year-old boy with cerebral palsy won the hearts are this year’s Friends for Life. The British public voted Miracle and Kyle Leask the most deserving winners out of five shortlisted finalists, and the proud… 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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