My hubby and I are entered in an agility trial this weekend over in Yakima. I love this trial and especially love the beautiful fall days that generally accompany these dates as well. Last night as we were headed to dinner, Dan says “I can’t wait to run my dogs (more…)
Every day is a lesson. Sometimes they are good lessons and sometimes they are heartbreaking.
Today my friend’s, Katie and Andy, lost their young Golden Retriever to a blood-type of disorder. For the average human reading this, some may wonder how the loss of a dog is blog-worthy. For those (more…)
When I was younger and well before driving age, my parents would let me go out and start the car so it could warm up before they headed off to work. Even though it was 10 below zero, I loved that moment behind the wheel. It was a thrill, a (more…)
Beyond the Agility Equipment: Rouge, my young Dalmatian, never ceases to astound me. She is an amazing companion, rock solid in all situations and incredibly outgoing and confident.
Physically she was always comfortable in her own body and excelled when training our agility skills. So it was a little disappointing (more…)
Epiphany(s) Regarding My Doggy Partnerships
A few weeks ago I was running Spot in a trial on a very fast Jumpers course. Ahead was an off-course tunnel and to the right, but not immediately obvious, was the correct weave obstacle.
As Spot and I approached the intersection of obstacles I (more…)
If you know me, you won’t be surprised that the topic I’m about to engage in is controversial for many dog owners. Wait, let me get my flame suit on….okay the topic is….using an electric shock to train a dog (for example via a collar or an ‘invisible fence’).
Emotions – we all have ‘em and sometimes they’re a blessing and sometimes a curse.
I’m mentoring someone who, during the course of training their dog, is experiencing a range of emotions. I’ll bet you can relate – they started off with their dog acting brilliantly. Each week the brilliance (more…)
Well, Ru is just starting to come into season and so I haven’t been diligent on my weave pole work. She tends to be very needy the first few weeks and requiring a bit of distance & independent work from her during this time period is just too much for (more…)
My puppy, Ru (short for Rouge), turned 1 year old on Jan 5th. Although small and petite, she’s still a growing girl and up until now, there wasn’t too much I could directly do in Agility (and I’m fine with that). However, there have been training skills we’ve been working (more…)