Wondering what your fur-pal might be able to compete in? Check out this curated, easy-to-understand list of dog sports in the United States. Each sport listed includes training expectations and physical requirements for both dogs and humans.
Are your dog's behavioral issues directly linked to using the wrong emotions when you train? Learn why the emotions you emit when training your dog can make her the dog she was meant to be.
Jericho Photo by Kevin Devine, used with permission In the second article in "The Distance Series," we talked about the Out directional cue and its importance for the physically limited handler. I explained three ways to train an Out using pattern,...
A detailed article on how to train the "Out" directional for agility by agility instructor, competitor and blogger Agilitymach. The "Out" command is the most important distance cue in the sport.
Training an agility dog to distance is hard! This article gives ideas and tips to both train and handle your dog at distance.
This op-ed piece examines whether or not the newer challenges in the sport of dog agility can be handled at large distances and if these challenges are excluding those with physical challenges.
This is a different sort of "what every agility newbie should know" list. Whether you're new to the sport of dog agility or you have several Agility Champions, this odd list will have you thinking.
A brain scan study revealing dogs likely have emotional lives similar to humans may send shock waves through the dog training community, changing training methods forever.
Do you get lost on agility courses? This article will give you six tried and true memorization tips to keep you and your dog on course. Stay on course and earn more Qs!
Dogs' dewclaws aren't the useless toes many people assume. Read how the active canine uses these unusual claws and how removal of these claws might cause injury in this photo-filled article.
This simple and fast Antique Sloppy Joe recipe combines some very common ingredients to create an old-fashioned, hearty family meal in a matter of minutes. Great "busy day" recipe!
Salmon crack dog treats are called so because they are "crack" to dogs. Well-known in dog training circles for helping dogs focus during training, this is a homemade, super easy dog treat!
Entering agility trials before a dog/handler team is fully prepared can cause undue stress on the dog. What must a team know before entering the first agility trial, and what are the signs of dog stress?
Learn how to cook this under-30-minute Northern egg noodle chili that has been a family tradition in our house for generations. Hearty and healthy, this quick meal is also versatile and capable of being tweaked to your family's tastes.
Dogs see color differently than humans. Read on to learn what colors they see and how smart trainers can use that knowledge to their advantage.
A long-term kidney transplant recipient lists her top ten ways to keep an organ transplant going strong. This helpful and encouraging advice can apply to the recipient of any type of organ transplant.
Do dogs, cats, horses, hamsters, and other pets go to heaven? This Christian perspective examines the question and looks at the beliefs of both famous theologians and pastors and what the Bible has to say on the subject. Pets and heaven are controversial subjects in Christendom.
A humorous look at how to handle an overabundance of tomatoes from a weed-filled garden. You can blame it on Martha Stewart.
Chocolate lips and original ideas combine to create this funny column written for "The Girard (Kansas) Press" in the 1990s.
A humorous column about killing slugs in the suburbs. "Here in the suburbs, it's the animals - not the people - that rule."
A creative look at the melancholy train whistle and the memories it invokes.
An article about being the weak link in a partnership with a dog. It examines teamwork and the loyalty and love dogs have for their owners.
A column about the thrill of returning to dog agility competition after a year lay-off due to injury, and about the extra burden placed on the canine partner.
Tips and advice for training a deaf dog from a professional dog trainer who owns and shows a hard-of-hearing dog.
A humorous look at the common problem of dogs eating cat feces, and the owner's attempt to stop the addiction.
A heartwarming, award winning story about the joys of owing an older dog. This story won the "Hubnuggets" award in 2012.
Why do people have statues in their yards? What is up with garden art? A humorous look at humans and yard art.
A quick and honest book review of "The Sword of Shannara." No spoilers! "The Sword of Shannara" is the first book in the Original Shannara Trilogy by Terry Brooks.
Dogs who are kept at home and not taken out into the world often develop irrational fears. These fears can overwhelm them, cause fear aggression, and become debilitating. Here's how to socialize your dog to minimize fear and create a confident, happy canine companion!