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Upcoming Event at Courteous Canine, Inc.: Fun Day of Dog Dock Jumping and Agility!

Upcoming Event at Courteous Canine, Inc.: Fun Day of Dog Dock Jumping and Agility!

Courteous Canine, Inc.

and Health Mutt Present

A fun day of Dock Jumping, Agility and Free Dog Training Advice

Agility Run Thrus Nested courses Standard and Jumpers (Novice and Excellent) $5 per run $20 unlimited runs

Dock Jumping $5 per five jumps or $20 for unlimited jumps (five jump cycles)

Free dog training and behavior question booth.

Come join the fun May 5th 11 am to 3 pm


Training Services

Tampa Dog Training Tips: If Dogs Played Softball

Tampa Dog Training Tips: If Dogs Played Softball

One of the activities I have missed the most since my move from Cookeville is attending the softball games at TTU. The days of sitting in the sun with one of my dogs at my feet, surrounded by friends, many who also brought their dogs, is a good memory. So this past weekend I was thrilled to be able to attend the 2013 USF/Under Armour Invitational and Showcase in Clearwater, FL and watch the Golden Eagles Softball Women play. I also enjoyed conversation with several of the wonderful softball team supporters from Cookeville who made their way to FL.

As my husband, Jim, and I sat watching the game, we began to muse over what a game would look like if dogs were players (dogs are never far from our minds, not even when we are enjoying other activities). We decided our view of the game with a canine twist might bring a smile to some readers. I used the AKC Breed Description Index as a reference for breed descriptions (www.akc.org/breeds). Legal Disclaimer: all representations are purely fictional and any likeness to any team member is purely coincidental.

Which breeds would be placed in various positions of the team? Let’s start with the pitcher. The movements are focused, very still and watchful, followed by fast movement with grace and speed. Only a Sighthound could fill that spot, so we nominate a Scottish Deerhound as pitcher. The catcher: what better breed to fill that role than one which is rock solid and steady such as the low-to-the-ground English Bulldog who is described as “ferocious and courageous, almost insensitive to pain.” Catching those 80 mph pitches and cleats-first slides into home plate must require at least a little pain tolerance.

The shortstop position will be filled by a Border Collie (aka “the Fun Police”), who “thrives when they have a job to do and space to run.” First and second bases will be filled by terriers. It was more than evident the first base position should be held by a Jack Russell Terrier. Why? “Strong, hardy, earth-working, strong voice, fearless nature.” Second base will be covered by the Cairn Terrier, bred to aid the owners in “ridding the area of pests” (since the second base player helps end those darn double plays). Third base will be covered by the Labrador Retriever, bred as an “efficient retriever of game,” since so many hits go down that line. Labs retrieving balls is a given!

The unsung heroes of the softball game may be the outfielders. They must be fast and able to make quick throws into the infield, so my breed choice for these positions is the Australian Shepherd. Aussies are known as “animated, agile, with strong herding and guarding instincts.” Watching the outfielders going after a flyball yelling “I’ve got it!” and “Mine! Mine! Mine!”, well, Aussies will be naturals.

Courteous Canine DogSmith of Tampa Super Splash Is Coming!

The Courteous Canine Super Splash event is coming March 16, 2013 at Courteous Canine Inc.

What is it?
A Slash Dogs competition and dock jumping practice.

Venue Information
Courteous Canine Inc.
3414 Melissa Country Way
Lutz , Florida 33559

RV Parking
There is limited R.V. parking. Please email info@courteouscanine.com. to reserve a space.
There will be a professional photographer and a food vendor on site.

Saturday March 16, 2013
Registration opens – 9:00 A.M.
Open Practice Dock – 9:00 A.M.
Splash 1 – 10:00 A.M.
Splash 2 – 12:00 P.M.
Splash 3 – 2:00 P.M.
Finals – 3:00 P.M.
Dock Closes – 4:00 P.M.

Event Details/Entry Information

  • Event Entry: Free
  • Parking: parking for competitors will be in the white fenced in yard. (see map)
  • Crating: crating will be on the grounds near the pool.

Event and Venue Rules/Information

  • This is an outdoor event to be run into a splash pool.
  • The dock will be an aluminum dock.
  • Training for newcomers and others will be provided.
  • This event will be open to all dog/handler teams who wish to enter as space permits.
  • Please bring crate to store your dog or have other means to store your dog.
  • Abuse will not be tolerated.
  • Absolutely NO pushing, shoving or throwing your dog into the pool.
  • NO choke chains, prong collars or e-collars are permitted on Courteous Canine property.
  • Please have dog’s shots up to date, tags or bring current shot and vaccine papers. Please be responsible for the safety of your dog and others!
  • You are responsible for picking up after your pet.
  • Dog / handler teams may enter only one or as many Splashes as they wish (a separate entry fee must be paid for each Splash)
  • Dog / handler teams will be placed in groups of up to 15 teams within each heat.
  • Each team will receive two (2) competition jumps.
  • One dog/ handler on the dock at a time during competition.
  • All dogs will have the opportunity to acclimate to the dock area prior to their first official competition jump as time permits.
  • Allotted practice time based on event time constraints.
  • The dock will close to all practice jumping 15 minutes prior to the start of each competition Splash, for competitor’s warm-up.
  • Ribbons for finals. Ribbons will not be mailed.
  • Female dogs in heat will NOT be allowed to compete or in the competition area.
  • All participants are required to have FUN!

Event Registration

  • This Splash Dogs event is open to any dog / handler team who wishes to enter. You may do this in one of two ways: Online or on-site
  • You will then be required to pay the registration fee, sign a waiver and show papers when you check-in at the event.
  • Register on-site at least one hour prior to the heat(s) in which you would like to compete.
  • Pre-Registrants will be given PRIORITY for entry in a Splash
  • Heats will be determined as competitors enter.
  • Entry e-mail confirmation — please provide email address with registration.
  • On-site registration will be available only as space permits. Please pre-register to ensure your spot in a Splash.
  • There will not be a credit card machine at this event. Payments will be accepted in the form of cash or check.
  • Splash Registration Fee is $20 and $20 for additional Splashes, payable to Splash Dogs (cash, check). $10 to practice. If you decide to compete your practice fee will apply towards Splash entry fee. Practice is for Open dock practice

Tampa Dog News: Sign the Promise, Be a Responsible Dog Owner!

In recognition of Responsible Dog Ownership Day, The DogSmith encourages every dog lover to participate in Responsible Dog Ownership Day activities and sign the AKC’s Pet Promise!  

Washington County Fl – The American Kennel Club’s (AKC) Responsible Dog Ownership (RDO) Day is an annual series of events that take place across the nation during the entire month of September.  The flagship AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day event is in Raleigh, N.C. on September 22, 2012 and will include AKC Canine Good Citizen® testing, agility demonstrations, games, free brochures, giveaways and the ever-popular AKC Meet the Breeds® exhibit featuring dozens of AKC breeds for the public to learn about and meet.  In addition, thousands of AKC affiliated dog clubs and other dog-related organizations and groups nationwide will hold community events to promote responsible dog ownership.  According to Stephanie Smith, Club Communications Coordinator, “Last year, more than 630 dog clubs and other organizations hosted events reaching millions of dog lovers and potential pet owners through extensive media coverage.

Dog lovers also posted thousands of ‘Acts of Responsible Dog Ownership’ on our Facebook and Twitter pages to help us celebrate Virtual AKC RDO Days.” 

Each AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day event is unique and provides demonstrations of dog activities such as AKC Rally®, Obedience and Agility, meet the breeds, microchip clinics, breed rescue information, legislation seminars, therapy dog/service dog demonstrations, health clinics, safety around dogs for kids, giveaways and other entertaining and educational activities. “We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to interact with the public and gain positive exposure for your club, breed and the AKC. Your participation will help this worthwhile program continue to gain momentum each year, benefiting dogs and dog owners everywhere,” says Smith.  The DogSmith Dog Training & Pet Care Franchise encourages all animal lovers to participate and to sign and observe the AKC pet promise.  Local DogSmith Dog Trainers will offer free puppy classes and Canine Good Citizen evaluations at RDO Day events.  “It is a great way to show your friends how smart and well-behaved your dog can be,” says DogSmith founder, Niki Tudge.  “The AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test is a 10-step evaluation designed to demonstrate a dog’s good manners and obedience.  Our DogSmith puppy training classes are based on the AKC S.T.A.R. (Socialization, Training, Activity, Responsibility) Puppy program and the CGC test criteria,” Tudge says.

A List of AKC RDO Day events can be found at www.akc.org/rdod, or contact your local DogSmith to register for a free puppy class and start your dog down the path to Canine Good Citizenship.

About The DogSmith – The DogSmith Franchise Services Inc. is a Florida based company whose mission is to enhance the lives of pets and their owners by improving their relationship, and the quality of the life they share, through providing professional support and training to pet dog owners, supporting and assisting animal shelters and rescue organizations to minimize the number of unwanted animals and offering affordable and professional care to family pets so that pet ownership is never a burden. To learn more about The DogSmith or to become a DogSmith Dog Trainer, visit www.DogSmith.com or call 1-888-364-7648.