Barney Earns Top AKC Therapy Dog Honor for 400-Plus Visits
Barney THDD CGC owned by Leah Kochi of Orange, CA I adopted Barney from a local shelter in 2008 when he was about 1 year old. Barney completed basic and advanced obedience training in 2009 to earn his AKC Canine Good Citizen title. After becoming a registered pet therapy team in 2009, we started visiting […] | May 6, 2016
Given No Chance of Survival, Rescue Dobe Thrives & Becomes Sports Super Star
In 2002, I pulled a tiny, emaciated red female Doberman from a local shelter. She was just 13.5 weeks old, and had been in the shelter more than four weeks. Since I had a young male that was taking a lot of my time, I thought I would get her healthy, and find a great […] | May 5, 2016
Way to Go to the New All-American MACH Record Holders
Two mixed-breed dogs in the AKC Canine Partners program have now won nine of the top AKC Agility titles! They are: MACH9 Logan Lake Hope (pictured above) – owned by Kimberly Barton of Johnstown, OH MACH9 Samantha (pictured below when she won her 1st MACH) – owned by Don & Leah Eicher of Laurel, DE […] | May 4, 2016
Congratulations to a Versatile All-American Dog!
Harry of SharonDale VCD1 PCDX GN RE OAP OJP has become the fifth mixed-breed dog to earn the AKC’s prestigious Versatile Companion Dog (VCD) title. The program honors dogs who earn titles in three of the AKC Companion Events: Obedience, Agility and Tracking. From being found wandering down a country road in fall 2008 as […] | May 3, 2016
All-American Dog is First in Country to Earn Air Retrieve Excellent Honor
Rayne, a Belgian Malinois-Labrador mix, is the first dog in the country to earn the Air Retrieve Senior Excellent title from the North America Diving Dogs association (NADD). She achieved this “first” on April 15, 2016,  in Perry, GA, at a NADD competition held as part of the Peach Blossom Dog Show circuit. Air retrieve […] | April 29, 2016
Meet Gizmo the Wonderdoglet – Therapy Dog Extraordinaire
Adorable Gizmo’s motto is “Cuz we’re frens!” and that is precisely what he does – make friends around the country through his work as a therapy dog. Gizmo is a therapy dog with Paws For Friendship (PFF) Inc., and Jenifer says they "are grateful to share his love" at Eastern CT Health Network Hospitals, Manchester […] | April 28, 2016
Former Shelter Dog Overcomes Fears to Win Top Rally Title at Age 12
Jamie Ohman of Camillus, NY, tells us how her fearful rescue dog gained confidence and became the multi-titled Dancing Cavy’s Pain in the Butte RAE BN CA. Risa is my first dog.  I adopted her from a shelter when she was 2.5 years old, and I had dreams of competing with her in dog sports.  […] | April 27, 2016
Wanna-Be English Setter Earns Agility Championship at English Setter Trial
The rescue group, which focuses on English Setters, agreed to take her. When the transport driver arrived and asked for “the setter,” he was given Amber who was clearly not a setter. But the driver was true to his mission and took her any way. After a few months of fostering, Amber got posted to the A&B […] | April 21, 2016
Owner Ignores Advice that Dog Can’t Compete and Takes Her All the Way to Rally Nationals
Owner Ignores Advice that Dog Can’t Compete and Takes Her All the Way to Rally Nationals When Lorena Padron spotted Tinker Bell in the Houston Humane Society shelter, the little dog immediately stood out. She was wagging her tail and doing her best to say “Look at me. I am so cute!” Lorena adopted Tinker […] | April 20, 2016
Make Your Life Easier – Teach Your Dog Some Self-Control
By AKC GoodDog! Helpline Trainer Breanne Long For your sake - and that of your canine companions, teaching self-control, also called impulse control, is an important aspect of dog ownership. Not only will it make your life easier, it makes for a calmer and more focused dog. If your dog dashes through doorways, starts into […] | April 18, 2016

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