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The (obstacle ridden) Road to Westminster

For an agility dog, the road to Westminster is paved with obstacles…A-frames, jumps, tunnels, teeters…Unless you live under a rock, you’ve undoubtedly heard of the Westminster Kennel Club dog show. The WKC conformation dog show is one of the most prestigious dog shows in the U.S. It got its start in 1877 and [...]

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​Getting To Know You - American English Coonhound

Graceful, fast, athletic, active, agile and sweet, these are just some of the adjectives used to describe the American English Coonhound.Just like its ancestor, the English Foxhound, this hunting breed has a loud voice when in the field.Unfortunately, it does not limit its ear piercing barking and baying to the field.So, if you’re the type [...]

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How Dogs Can Help with Depression, Stress, and Anxiety: the Complete Guide

Thank you to Rover.com for sharing this fabulous article with us. It’s something that a lot of people deal with, but not a lot of people talk about it. So let’s talk about it — and how to use positive forces to assuage the effects. One of those positive forces? The four-legged, tail-wagging kind.There are the obvious benefits [...]

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Chester & Rodney - Sink or Swim

Some dogs swim like fish; others swim like a ton of bricks. We learned that the hard way when we rented a house with a pool…As one would expect, Retrieving breeds, Newfoundlands, Water Spaniels, and the like, are natural swimmers. Generally speaking, large chested breeds, such as Bulldogs and Pugs, do not make [...]

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Show Me The Love! Crate & Boarder

Some of you may have welcomed a new family member home, in the form of a puppy, this Christmas season. In order for him to become a well-behaved and, hopefully, permanent family member, it is imperative that he learn basic manners. One of the first things you want to teach your puppy is to not [...]

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Ready, Set, Let’s Go! - Outstanding in their Field

The first U.S. recorded field trial was held in Memphis, Tennessee in 1874. Fifty years later, the American Kennel Club (AKC) held its first trial in Medford, New Jersey. Field trials are not to be confused with hunt tests. Though they have many similarities, field trials and hunt tests are also very different from each [...]

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Getting To Know You - Akita Inu

The Akita Inu is named after the area in Japan from which it hails, the Akita prefecture, plus the Japanese word for “dog”, “Inu”. Akitas belong to a class of dogs known as the “spitz” group. Spitz are a type of dog characterized by thick fur and, pointy ears and muzzles. Many spitz breeds retain [...]

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Chester & Rodney - All In A Day's Work

It’s Thursday and mom gets a call from our agent. The agent says that Hudson, Chester, Pepe and I have been hired for a skit on Saturday Night Live. I can’t believe my massive ears. I am beside myself with excitement! Frazzled beyond words! Me, on SNL! Hudson is understandably unimpressed. He’s been on SNL [...]

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Show Me The Love! Don't Touch That!

What would you do if you were standing in line at the grocery store and a stranger came up to you, stood uncomfortably close and reached over your eyes to touch your head? Would you smile and say hello? I’d venture to guess that you’d get upset. You might just step back in stunned disbelief, [...]

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Ready, Set, Let’s Go! - Track or Treat

Have you ever watched search-and-rescue dogs and wished your dog could do that? Well, with the sport of Tracking, he can. It is estimated that dogs’ sense of smell is 100,000 stronger than humans’. Thus, tracking comes naturally to them. Tracking is the competitive sport that demonstrates the dog’s natural ability to recognize a scent [...]

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