Posts with tag agility

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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

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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

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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

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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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Stephanie O’Reilly’s Dogs Do Just About Everything

It’s June 14, 2012, and Stephanie O’Reilly knows what she’ll be doing virtually every weekend for the rest of this year. She’ll be at one conformation show, then at performance trials for all but five of them. She doesn’t work for the American Kennel Club or the United States Dog Agility Association, nor is she… read more

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AKC ‘Extravaganza’ Looks To Be Just That

The American Kennel Club deemed its new performance event, slated to kick off in March 2013, an “extravaganza.” Because it will feature a trio of competitions, one in its inaugural year, plus other attractions, the grandiose word may not be an overstatement. Exhibitors and visitors to Tulsa, Okla., can choose from agility, obedience or the… read more

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Canine Partners Program Sees 30,000 Entries in Two Years

Thousands of dogs of mixed-breed or unknown pedigree have entered American Kennel Club agility, obedience, rally and coursing ability events more than 30,000 times in the last two years as members of the Canine Partners program. Spayed or neutered mixed-breed dogs, purebred dogs that can’t be registered with the AKC or in its Foundation Stock… read more

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Agility Obstacle No. 1: The Handler Can’t Run the Course

And you thought agility was hard. Try doing it without turning your body, even your shoulders, and while losing sight of your dog for three seconds at a time. That’s what agility is like for Deb Nezgoda of Morris, Ill., and her 3-year-old Irish Water Spaniel, ‘Ba-Rock,’ Ch. Whistle Stop Winds of Change, CDX, TD,… read more

DOG AGILITY STARS JUMP INTO RENO FOR AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB NATIONAL AGILITY CHAMPIONSHIP

Date: March 6, 2012Contact: AKC CommunicationsPhone: 212-696-8228Email:communications@akc.org — Dogs from 45 States and Canada Vie for National Agility Champion Titles — New York, NY – Nearly 1,000 of the top agility dogs and handlers in the nation will vie for the title of American Kennel Club(r) (AKC(r))National Agility Champion in their height classes on March… read more

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