We all love our dogs. But seniors hold a special place in our hearts. Their muzzle is turning grey, they’re a bit slow to get up, and can’t move like they used to. But the tail never stops wagging when you're around. We know aging is a normal process, but we feel so helpless. However, there are things we can do to help our dogs age gracefully and to help manage their pain. A well-rounded exercise program with minimal impact on aging joints can give your senior dog a new lease on life!
Champ was found walking the streets of Philadelphia, PA. He had a terrible ear infections, skin issues and wasn't using his hind end properly. His right hind leg seemed especially weak.
The Northeast Regional Qualifier for the National Obedience Invitational was held in Bloomsburg, PA the weekend of July 27-29, 2018. All of the top teams travel to attend the Regional events and the competition is fierce.
Marino and Kari are both retired Seeing Eye dogs. These dogs work hard providing an invaluable service to those in need. Marino was getting ready to retire. His owner took him to the vet for a check-up only to discover he had a large tumor in his mouth. They removed the tumor but the prognosis was grim. They only gave him three to six months to live.
Alphie is a six-month old Labrador Retriever puppy in the Puppies Behind Bars Program. Over the years I have given multiple in-services on puppy and adult conditioning and have donated conditioning equipment to the program. The staff and puppy raisers are always incredibly receptive and work hard to ensure the puppies are successful.
Zeal competed at the North Carolina AKC Obedience Regionals the weekend of May 25, 2018. The dogs compete in two classes a day for three days. The highest cumulative score over the three days wins.
The 142nd annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show goes down today and tomorrow in New York City. In lieu of a preview, Deadspin arranged an exclusive sit-down with a 5-year-old black Labrador retriever named Zeal—one of the favorites in the obedience competition—and his owner, Petra Ford.
Karl and Bailey Bloksberg competed in the AKC National Championship in Orlando, Florida. He competed in the prestigious Owner Handled class. Only the top 10 Rhodesian Ridgebacks in the country are invited to compete.
Zeal and I traveled to Orlando, Florida to compete in the prestigious AKC Obedience Classic Tournament. Participation is by invitation only. Teams compete in six classes over two days under six different judges. The team with the highest cumulative score wins. Zeal outdid himself and placed first!
Someone recently asked me “Why would you train a pig?”
Good question. My immediate response was, “because it’s fun”. Then I thought about it some more. And realized it’s primarily because I love animals, I love a challenge and I love to learn. Which is why, after 14 plus years, I still love training my dogs.