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Win an iCalmDog… It Stopped Border Collie’s Barking in 20 Seconds Flat!

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The barking Border Collie in our crating area at Cynosport World Agility Games was driving me (and everyone around me) crazy. So, I asked the BC’s handler if I could bring over my iCalmDog 3.0 to see if the clinically tested music reduced his barking. I have to admit, Nim’s barking was so intense that I wasn’t even sure it would work, but watch what happened in 20 seconds flat… Continue reading

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Tail Waggin’ Dog Agility (with video)

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My agility addiction started so innocently.

Years ago, when Sanchez was career changed from Guide Dogs for the Blind, I knew I needed to find a job for him. I just thought agility would be a fun activity to enjoy together. I never imagined Continue reading

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Happy Mother’s Day! Love, Fido

Mother’s Day is not the easiest of holidays for me. I have no human children and have never been called “mom.” No one has ever said to me, “Happy Mother’s Day mom, I love you!” But, can we be mothers to species other than humans? I am the single provider for two dogs, Sanchez and Gina. But, I usually think of them as my companion animals, not my children, even though others may see me as a crazy pet parent, with my children being of the furry sort. Continue reading

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5 Signs of a Responsible Dog Owner

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Being a responsible pet parent may have many different definitions. But, it is more than just loving your dog and meeting his basic needs. Being responsible means learning how to understand the world from your dog’s point of view. Dogs speak a different language than people, and they are constantly studying everything we do to understand our behaviors and language. Being responsible means understanding their language and ways of communicating. Continue reading

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5 Life Lessons I Learned From My Dog in 33 Seconds

As well as I thought I knew my Labrador, Gina, she even surprised me recently during this recent run at an AKC agility trial. It never ceases to amaze me how much I continue to learn from my dogs. Here’s what Gina taught me in 33 seconds: Continue reading

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Confessions From a Crazy Pet Parent

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Today, April 28, is National Pet Parent’s Day®. VPI Pet Insurance started celebrating the holiday five years ago to help honor people with pets who consider them part of their family. I have to admit, even though my dogs are my family, I don’t … Continue reading

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Is Mother’s Day for Dog-Moms?

Mother’s Day is not the easiest of holidays for me. I have no human children and have never been called “mom.” No one has ever said, “Happy Mother’s Day mom, I love you!”

But, can we be mothers to species other than humans? Continue reading

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Top 10 Relationship Tips for Men ~ From an Agility Dog

10. All good things come from your partner. Nothing is as rewarding as being with her.

9. Communication. Communication. Communication. Let her know… Continue reading

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A New K9 Behavior Every Day in August

It’s August 1st and I made a decision over the weekend to teach Sanchez and Gina something new everyday during August. Since I retired Sanchez from agility, we’ve started doing more tricks and canine freestyle training. We do this in … Continue reading

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Happy 2nd Birthday Gina!

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You know the feeling… you meet a dog that needs a home and your gut just tells you that she belongs with you. Her forever home has just been found. That’s how I felt when I met Gina a little … Continue reading

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I Have a Dream….

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Puppy dreaming to Music to Calm your Canine Companion It is Martin Luther King Day, and I woke up this morning thinking about his “I have a dream” speech. It inspired me to think about my real life dreams… I … Continue reading

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What I’m Grateful for on Thanksgiving

As Thanksgiving approaches, I’m reflecting on what I’m grateful for. At the top of my list is the health and companionship of my dog, Sanchez. Recently, we both have experienced the opposite extreme of good health, fortunately only very briefly … Continue reading

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Why dog agility is similar to playing music

It wasn’t long after I started agility training that I became aware of the similarities between giving a music performance and running an agility course. Since I’ve been playing the piano for nearly 40 years and performing most of those … Continue reading

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