Do Our Minds Get Stuck in the Negative?

How to Get Unstuck

What’s with the emotional ups and downs that we sometimes experience in dog agility? We’re happy with our dog agility run. We’re unhappy with our dog agility run. We just can’t seem to get over that one little mistake we made… Well, it turns out there’s a bit of scientific research on the topic. Alison Ledgerwood […]

20 Reasons the UKI Open is the Place To Be

This past weekend I headed to Jacksonville, FL to be a full-time volunteer at the 4-day UKI Open. I anticipated that I would enjoy myself while giving back to the sport, but what I didn’t expect was the heaping dose of rejuvenation and the even larger shot of inspiration that the UKI Open is actively […]

UKI Open Courses 2017 – Friday

To read about my amazingly spectacular and fun 4-Day UKI Open experience, Click HERE Ring size is approximately 130 x 130 (actual was more like 140 x 140) Snooker Briefing: Times are as follows: Regular Height 8″ 12″ 16″ 20″ 22″ 24″ Times 48 sec 45 sec Select Height 4 s 8 s 12 s […]

4 Behaviors That Could Mean Trouble for Your Dog

Menacing, Charging, Barking and Zoomies Oh My!

When a vague Facebook post falsely gave the impression that Novice dogs were being excused and written up at a trial for things like barking and having a case of the zoomies around the agility ring, the internet went wild! Statements like: “Tell us who the judges were so we don’t show under them!”, “Judge’s […]

The Handler’s Guide to Surviving and Thriving in the Dog Agility Trial Environment

NEW Online Mentoring Program - Agility Trial Life Skills

Oh my gosh, my 1st agility trial felt like a disaster. My dog and I showed up without treats, without a crate and it turns out she’d never seen a full size table and kept going under it during our run. I somehow survived, thanks to those newly made agility friends, and now it’s time […]

The Top 10 Behaviours of Expert Animal Trainers

By Steve Martin

Strangers ask me all the time “What do you do for a living?” and while I usually give a vague answer like “I get paid to play with dogs”, anyone who trains dogs and has a deep desire to see them succeed knows that the real answer is far more in depth and way more […]

How to Clean Up After Playing With Dogs

Old Fashioned Laundry Soap Recipe

If you have dogs, you have laundry. Dirty and/or potentially stinky laundry to be exact. Those in the know understand that having an active dog means a lifetime of mud, dust, sand and even that dreaded ‘wet dog’ smell. Regardless of what you wear or what your dog lays on, a good laundry detergent is […]

Agility Community Looses One of the Best Gate Stewards EVER!

Dolores Weiss

I wrote this post for the Pacific Northwest Agility group, but it seems fitting to share with everyone. Many of you may remember Dan & Dolores Weiss, they visited the PNW about 10 years ago on their trip to/from the Southeastern part of the country as they were RVing on vacation to Alaska. A lovely […]

How to Make Small Space Training Even Smaller

The majority of my agility clients train in small spaces and still manage to achieve BIG things at agility competitions! What about when a small space feels more like a micro-space? What then? In my weekly online resource, Sequencing to Courses, I created 4 cheat sheets that guide handlers on how to work within the space […]

4 Ways To Get the Most Out of Your Dog Trainer

The monetary price of a great dog trainer can be steep. After all, you are often paying for their experience, knowledge, hands-on training, continuing education (so they can share the most current information with you) and so much more. Here’s the real question. After you sign-up and write that check, are you getting the most […]