There is a trend in dog agility involving toy play that goes like this: your dog needs to play tug; he needs to play tug anytime, anywhere; if you give him the tug he must return it to you immediately; if you offer a tug to him, he isn’t allowed to say no thank you; … More Play with me, now.
When the dog that is your everything; the one that carried you through life changes, the one that grew with you, the one that slept heart-to-heart with you amidst loss is gone, you are left with an irreparable hole. There is absolutely nothing braver than opening your home and your life to another dog after … More The Stubborn Gladness of a New Dog
I am not short on ideas. What I am short on is energy. I am out of spoons, so to speak. So I am taking my own advice and sharing a few things with you that don’t require much of me, and I hope you enjoy it. I’ll be back in full force next week, unless … More Out of Spoons
There’s a divide in dog agility and it’s not between winners and losers; and not between pros and amateurs. The divide is more subtle, and it exists amongst all levels of people competing in this sport. It has nothing to do with the success or aspirations of the competitor; it has little to do with … More Tennis Racquets and Doubles Partners
We ask our performance dogs to cope with a lot of things that qualify as “hard stuff for dogs.” Being calm while another dog runs full speed through an agility course, waiting quietly in a small cage while the world buzzes around them, and staying focused on their human while other dogs and people come … More Puppies and Emotional Maturity
Irish wolfhounds are incredible. To be amongst them is to be transported into a Dr. Suess-ian realm of impossible creatures. Sitting on the lawn surrounded by sprawling sighthounds I half-expect to see star-bellied sneetches in the distance. Haphazard hair, soggy beards, legs as thick as trees; I burry my face in the heaving ribs of … More Electing to Consider the Dog
I was on the phone with a friend listening to her recount something that had happened at agility class. A dog in class was running up to jump setters and the “judge” (instructor) and they decided to “fix” it. The ring crew were armed with spray bottles, and the dog was given a squirt of … More Leaving: A Simple Power