Feet pounding with eyes glued to the red streak behind me. She clears over the bar before dashing into the curved tunnel. She pops out with her tongue hanging out before glancing quickly at me before dashing ahead to clear the next tunnel and the next jump. This is our playground. Nothing can take her smile or mine away. If you have no idea what I am talking about, then you are missing out on the joys of dog agility.
A wide open field filled with lush grass. The playful barks and wagging tails of friends greet us as we pull up. I wave to the couple of familiar faces and pat the heads of the dogs that wander up. I quickly unclip Belle and off she goes. She races between her doggy friends and scopes out every new scent she finds. Her grin is plastered on her face with no end in sight.
It wasn’t until someone told me that we were speaking two different languages and trying to figure out what the other one said that I truly understood how confusing I could be to such a puppy.
The impact of a dog in your life is an indescribable joy. However, one author decided to take on the task with the tale called A Dog’s Purpose: A Novel for Humans.
My dogs were my best friends and greatest companions due to their loving and affectionate nature. However, there are still some things I can’t explain that Belle or any of my dogs did so I picked up Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know
Dogs are amazingly smart creatures. So how does an owner tap into a dog’s natural talents in order to mentally challenge them?
There are many different kinds of dog sports out there from obedience trails, dock diving, and so much more. I recently picked up dog agility as a sport to help my dog, Belle, use up her excess energy. What I found surprising was the community that I found surrounding those participating in the sport as well as the benefits that owner and dog could receive from practicing agility.