‘Dog Sports’ Archive

MACH Strata: The Journey September 16, 2013 2 Comments

It’s been a busy month for all of us here at Spring Forth and I apologize for taking such an extended absence from blogging! I’ll jump right in with some good news. Strata finished his Master Agility Championship (MACH) on Sunday, August 25th at the Tri-State Shetland Sheepdog Club agility trial in Hamden, CT. We […]

What Makes a Good Foundation Agility Class? June 10, 2013 Comments Off

In my earlier post about Puppies in Agility Classes, I laid out an informal definition of a foundation agility class. To elaborate on that, here’s what I think a good foundation agility class should encompass: A good foundation agility program should grow the dog and handler’s teamwork and communication first. Only then should the team […]

Improving Agility Organizations: Thoughts On Participation June 5, 2013 4 Comments

Today is Dog Agility Blogger Action Day, and the topic is “Improving Agility Organizations”. I’d like to take a look at participation and how all agility organizations – from training centers, to local trial committees, to national clubs – can improve participation at events. To be clear, I’m not talking about increasing entries. AKC’s trial […]

Puppies in Agility Classes June 4, 2013 1 Comment

Later this week, I’ll be launching my new dog agility training program with an Open House event that is open to all. I’m incredibly excited about this new endeavor and can’t wait to start teaching classes next week! I have been fielding a lot of questions about agility classes, particularly since I am offering a […]

2013 AKC Agility National Championship April 9, 2013 Comments Off

Strata, Dan, and I had a great time at our very first national competition. We traveled to Tulsa, Oklahoma for the 2013 AKC Agility National Championship. Thursday Our trip started on Thursday morning, long before the sun came up at Logan Airport. Driving to Tulsa would have meant too many days away from our dog […]

Show Dog Skills: An Overview December 12, 2012 Comments Off

Last night I took Spark to his first ever breed handling class. We’ve been practicing our ring routine daily at home, and I wanted an opportunity to work him in an unfamiliar environment and around strange dogs to see how his skills would hold up. A variety of skills are necessary for a dog to […]

Record Keeping May 24, 2012 Comments Off

Developing good, strong habits is hard work! My New Year’s resolution was to improve my training record keeping. I have done record keeping for many dog training courses, including Karen Pryor Academy and Susan Garrett‘s Recallers 2.o and 3.0 courses. Now I’m starting anew for her Say Yes to Contact Success course. There is so […]

Volunteering at Agility Trials: A Primer June 28, 2011 3 Comments

I encourage all of my agility students to volunteer when they go watch an agility trial. For one thing, you can’t beat the view of the action! But I also feel that working a class or two at an agility trial really helps to calm many of the nerves they might have about competing in […]

All About Canine Weight Pull June 3, 2011 Comments Off

Are you looking for a new activity to try with your dog? Canine weight pull is an exciting sport that all dogs can enjoy, regardless of size or breed. It┬ámakes an excellent cross-training sport for dogs who compete in agility, lure coursing, and other events that require lots of running. I got involved in weight […]