Posts with tag obedience

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


Family Gives to Guide Dogs, then Takes One Back

Raising Guide Dogs was a family affair for the Prindle family of Seattle from the time Douglas Prindle was 8, until after he and his younger brother had both gone off to college. Doug wanted to be in 4-H, something his mom, Janine, had done as a young girl. He tried working with ‘Jubilee,’ Janine’s… 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


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


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


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