Sep 292011
 
Stevie Ray - Dog Agility Gallery

Test Stevie Ray started training for Dog Agility early on with two goals in mind.  Making the Canadian Agility Team, in order to attend the FCI World Dog Agility Championships and also winning the AAC Canadian Championship.  This would likely require running clean for 6 rounds, 2 Standard Agility, 2 Gamblers and 2 Jumpers rounds, for all AAC Regionals and National Championship Events.  In 2005 Stevie Ray had just turned 18 months before the National Championship and had only run at one [More…]

Sep 262011
 
Using Desensitization to Overcome Fear of Strangers

Is your dog afraid of people?  Afraid of men, or maybe men with beards?  How about men or anyone wearing hats?  Experience with  people is often neglected with young dogs.  Maybe they grew up in isolation at a breeder’s, or at a previous owner before they were rescued.  We often wonder why dogs have issues with strangers, but they may truly lack any experience and have had to deal with strangers and the situations they present, completely on their own without guidance.  [More…]

Sep 142011
 
Dog Dylan: Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia, The First Battle to Save Her Life – Riding the Roller Coaster

Dog Dylan’s story continued with us riding on the hard rails of her roller coaster, headed directly and most surely for her first brush with death.  Anxiety and uncertainty reigned in my head and followed a night without sleep with all kinds of thoughts racing thorough my head.  Life with a very sick dog, life without Dylan, could I make a tough decision, did I have the energy for this?  What could “I” do, what did I need to do, did I [More…]