Exercising the Dogs

Puppy fitness in the woods.

Keeping in the theme of the week,  today I am going to give you a brief run down on some of the activities I use to keep my dogs fit throughout the year. Before I do though I will mention that I like to give my dogs 6-8 continuous weeks off from their main sport […]

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Retrieve Games

Okay my intention was to do a quick video and post this little clip with the rest of my exercise thoughts today. However, even though I have a ton of stuff to do, I got carried away with the editing and the entire project took longer than I intended. However, I do like tinkering with videos. […]

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Fido Fitness

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I had a question last week about what I do to keep my dogs in shape for competition. First of all, it is great that people are thinking about their dog’s fitness level.  It doesn’t matter if you are a serious agility competitor or a weekend warrior, it is only fair to your dog to make […]

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That Once in a Lifetime Dog

Mike & Bailey

What I am about to say may come across as haughty and please forgive me if it does, as it is not my intention. I want to describe for you the relationship that develops with a dog when you compete at the highest level of competition. By doing so I hope not to minimize the […]

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Treading Softly . . . not!

Wow after yesterday’s response I was thinking today I would cover medi-care, hand guns laws or perhaps abortion.  Thanks to everyone that wrote in on the sensitive topic. Apparent Alex Baldwin stated an opinion similar to mine recently and he too is feeling a bit of heat . . . not that I am looking for […]

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A Silver Lining or a Thunder Cloud?

Looking back I don’t think I have ever written anything on this blog that could be considered controversial. It is about the change today.  Michael Vick, once the highest paid professional football player of all time, now a convicted felon, dog fighting ring-leader and reported dog abuser is in line to potentially earn almost 7 […]

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Weave Pole Spacing

Weave Pole fun--with wider pole bases I could get more dogs in this shot:)

There has been much debate about the “best” spacing between weave poles. In Europe all the weave pole bases I have seen have been on 24″ centres. I don’t know if they ever where different or how we here in North America started with have poles as close as 18″ apart but once you start […]

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Swinging With The Dog

There have been a few questions since I posted my National’s standard runs about turning my dog away from me on the contacts. It occurred when my dog raced up the dogwalk on my left arm and had to turn away from me into a tunnel. Running in Greg Derrett’s handling system we do not […]

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A Countdown on Craziness

An early morning look out the window of my new home office.

My life is always full, I don’t think that will ever change. But after August 22, for the first time since 1996, I will not have any away-from-home-seminars on my immediate calendar. Yes I will be teaching at camps in Florida in January-February and yes I will be teaching here at home but I …

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Catching Up to Last Week

So back from the USDAA regional last weekend and I will write about it later, but for now I am going to post the last of my Canadian Nationals videos. This is the 2 standard classes that where offered. Take a look at the standard courses here Neither course was a “gimme” for …

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