Agility is a rapidly growing recreation within the United States for dog owners. Agility is a dog sport that requires human handlers to guide their dog through an obstacle course. The goal in completing the course is to be the fastest team while collecting the least number of faults. There is a niche community built around the sport that ranges from avid competitors to hobbyist handlers that participate. Research in the sport of agility has primarily focused on the dogs that compete. This original research previously found that dogs gain many benefits from participating in the sport. One of the benefits for dogs is the improvement in their overall health. Since the agility is a team sport between dogs and humans, one has to assume if previous research has confirmed that the dogs in the teams receives health benefits then the human handlers must receive some benefits as well since they participate in completing the course with the dog. Research in this field of questioning the benefits of participating for the handlers only began in the early 2000’s, but is quickly expanding. This new research has presented strong evidence into the benefits in health for human handlers. These benefits in health for human handlers for participating in agility can be examined within the three different categories: physical, mental, and emotional.
Finding a groomer that you trust with your dog is like finding your hairdresser. You go to a very specific person at a very specific salon, because you know and trust them. If your dresser ever changes salons, you will take your business with them elsewhere. I personally have been going to the same hairdresser for 20 years, because I trust her explicitly. Part of this has to do with the horror stories of bad haircuts for humans and dogs alike that appear on the internet. No one wants to live with a bad haircut if they don’t have to so you search and search for the right person.
I have recently have competed in several trails with my dog, Belle. It was super fun and tiring. We have won a few ribbons for some, and lost in others. I am happy to say despite that we are still trying to compete in some more. Though I did make a few rookie mistakes. I was a little under prepared for parts of the trails when I first started competing. When I talked to the veterans of the sport, I found that I wasn’t the first amateur to make this mistake. Hence, I decided to share my experience on my blog and how to avoid the mistakes I made.
Owning a dog teaches you life lessons and adds some excitement to the everyday. My dog, Belle, has brought so much to my life. She has taught me lessons in life. She has made me laugh. She is one of the greatest things ever. Now I have compiled a list of the 10 things Belle has taught me while raising.
Agility is one of the greatest dog sports that you can join in. I was so excited to complete our first AKC agility trail after a year of training at What A Great Dog! It can be confusing trying to figure out all the procedures and processes at your first trail. So I compiled a list of FAQs I had and I was thankful someone told me about when I was at the trail.
Dog and squirrels are nefarious foes that drive each other crazy. Dogs chase them up trees and bark at them until they disappear. Squirrels chuck nuts at them and click their teeth in irritation at them. You can find this portal of their relationship even in the movie. Remember Doug from Up and his line, “Squirrel!” It is a love- hate that is old as time. However, Belle brought this to the next level.
All across the world, we live with our pets in our homes. They are family, but how do we help protect our furry family members? They come with us everywhere. They get themselves in trouble. Then what are we suppose to do when they get hurt and we are dealing with a first aid situation with your dog or cat?
Dog have grown beside man over a millennium. Our evolution and their evolution are closely tied together. However, we lack some simple understanding. Now, I include myself in the circle of those that sometimes doesn’t understand what my dog is feeling or saying. I even volunteer with a humane society and still have the occasional misunderstanding between me and the dog I am working with. (It is easier to misunderstand a dog that you don’t know very well than one you do.) So how can man understand dog better?
Who in the world believes that animals are able to understand us? And not with limited speech commands, but on an emotional or deeper level. We see videos of animals mourning the loss of a beloved trainer or friend. They become attached to certain items that carry value to them. I even have moments where I think my little 10 pound dog is a doggy psychic cause she comes and cuddles me when I am upset at a show or locates her human friends that she misses in a group of people. So can Belle feel human emotions or have human like traits?
When you were growing up with your best friend having four paws and a tail?
Well that was my best friend, Billie. She was my best friend growing up and I wouldn’t change it for the world. She attended every tennis tournament with my family. She became my copilot when I got my driver license. She made me laugh when I was sad. She never judge and only loved. I can’t remember a moment she wasn’t by my side, and I wouldn’t have changed that for the world.
When you own a dog, they have a way of taking over your life. They teach you to laugh at all the silly things they do. They help you feel confident. They become a piece of the family. Each dog has a distinct personality and unique quirk that leaves their mark on your heart. For me, Billie’s beautiful pointing is the distinct thing that she did thanks to her old hunting dog training before she failed her training, and I will remember for her for always. However, Billie wasn’t the only dog to leave such a mark on her owner’s life. There once was a dog named Marley, whose claim to fame was being the worst dog in the world.