Posts with tag agility

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

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

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


Peak Performance – Chris Zink Wrote the Book on It

M. Christine Zink, perhaps best known for her books “Peak Performance: Coaching the Canine Athlete” and “The Agility Advantage,” grew up at a time – at least in Canada – when little girls might think of becoming veterinarians, but knew they weren’t going to be. The veterinary profession and veterinary colleges were for men, not women…. 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

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


Community Comes Out for Responsible Dog Ownership Days

The North Carolina State Fairgrounds was the site for the 10th annual American Kennel Club Responsible Dog Ownership Days event on September 22, 2012, in Raleigh, N.C. Nearly 4,000 area residents attended the event, involving more than 70 local dog clubs, pet-related organizations, retailers and AKC departments. AKC encourages organizations throughout the country to hold… read more

Zipper loves to fly!

Reading an Agility Map

At every AKC agility trial, you see people wandering around with a single sheet of paper in their hands. They may be drawing little swoopy lines on it or just staring at it as if it contains the secrets to the universe or, at the very least, the solution for getting dog hair out of… read more


Crosstraining Your Show Puppy: Part II

After obedience, the next dog sport to introduce your show puppy to is agility. No, I’m not talking weave poles or jumping – that’s too much stress for your growing puppy’s joints! However, many exercises that agility exhibitors use can help your pup in the show ring. You do not need to aim for a… read more


Connecticut Vet ‘Listens’ to Her Dogs When It Comes to Performance Events

Heather Rife, D.V.M., just might be a modern-day Dr. Doolittle. The East Haven, Conn., veterinarian can hear what her dogs tell her. OK, they don’t bark or whine to let her know which performance events and other canine activities they want to do. Nor do they speak English. But she watches their reactions, gauges their… read more

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