Dog Sports

Conquer the Challenge of Agility

By |Agility, Blog, Dog Sports|

Conquer the Challenge The Human Half of the Agility Team By Angelica Steinker, M.Ed., C.D.B.C, CAP2 edited by Kimberly "Kim" Archer, CPDT-KA, CTDI Agility is about a dog and a human navigating a course. We spend hours preparing the dog for competition, but little to no focus is on the human part of the team. Our dogs are massaged, fed ideal foods, [...]

To Crate or Not to Crate

By |Blog, Client Handouts, Dog Behavior, Dog Sports, Dog Training, Socialization|

By Angelica Steinker, M.Ed., C.D.B.C, CAP2 designed by Kimberly "Kim" Archer, CPDT-KA, CTDI It has become a popular notion to crate dogs, especially during adolescence to encourage a reinforcement history with people rather than the environment. However, is keeping a dog crated for 23.5 hours a day appropriate? This article does not aim to exclusively answer any of the questions posed but [...]

Play, Don’t Train

By |Dog Safety, Dog Sports, Dog Training, Enrichment|

Play, Don't Train By Angelica Steinker, M.Ed., C.D.B.C, CAP2 Are your clients less motivated then you would like them to be? Stop telling them to train their dogs, and start telling them to play. It is often much easier to get them to be consistent when they are having fun. Are you feeling a little bored with your own dog’s training? Stop training, and start [...]

Dog Agility Loses an Obstacle

By |Dog News, Dog Sports|

By Brenna Fender Nearly every American agility organization has removed the chute (otherwise known as the closed tunnel) from the list of obstacles that can be used on an agility course. This has been an unprecedented move – never in agility’s history has one obstacle been dropped in such a widespread and immediate fashion. The chute has a rigid opening and a closed fabric extension [...]

Dock Jumper Has Impressive Debut

By |Dock Jumping, Dog News, Dog Sports|

By Brenna Fender Photo by Hillary Fuentes Three-year-old Australian Labradoodle, Zac, made a big splash at a recent Courteous Canine North American Diving Dogs competition. On Saturday, he began jumping at 4' and went to 5', and on Sunday he started at 4'8" and it went to 5' again! It was a very impressive performance by a young dog. Zac is owned by [...]

UpDogs Soar into Brooksville

By |Dog Sports|

By Brenna Fender March 18-20, disc dogs from all over the country will meet at Florida Classic Park in Brooksville, Florida, for the first annual UpDog International Finals. UpDog Challenge is a new dog disc organization designed to be accessible to more dogs and s. UpDog is made up of a variety of games, some requiring strategy instead of long throws and others designed for [...]

What is a Title?

By |Dog Sports|

By Brenna Fender If you attend dog training classes or talk to people who compete in dog sports, you might hear them talking about titles. Are they referring the latest bestselling books? Probably not! In the dog training world, titles represent accomplishments in specific sports like obedience and agility. Each sport has its own titles and they are generally offered at several levels. In most [...]

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