The Touch Game for Fun & Focus
This training tip offers great advice on teaching and building desire to play the “touch” game – a great way to get your dog’s attention even in distracting situations. It is brought to us by Shannon Jones, AKC Rally Judge. She also teaches basic obedience, competitive obedience and rally obedience at two training centers in […] | May 5, 2015
Which One is the Real Pup?
Can you find Lilly, one of our AKC Canine Partner members, in this adorable photograph submitted by her owner Jeannie Battagin? The photo is just one of many great pics in the My Favorite Toy gallery in the current issue of the AKC Canine Partners News newsletter. The newsletter is distributed quarterly to owners of […] | May 5, 2015
A Memorial to An Amazing Therapy Dog
KOKO HERZ ... JAN. 3, 2003 - FEB. 19, 2015 Steven Herz of New Jersey wrote this moving memorial for Koko Herz who was the first All-American Dog to earn the AKC Therapy Dog title and who passed away from cancer in February at age 12. We are honored to share it with you. "I […] | May 5, 2015
Go, Go, Go – Helpful Tips for Teaching “Go Out”
This training tip is contributed by Julie Kirkland of Swansea, IL, owner and trainer of OTCH Sophie Sparkle Gypsy UDX4 OM6 RN. Julie and Sophie, a former shelter dog, have made many achievements in Obedience, including winning High in Trial and being only the second All-American Dog team to earn the Obedience Trial Championship. They […] | May 4, 2015
Rescue Dog Gains Fame for Surfing Sizzle
Photo by Michael Blake Southern Californian Michael Uy lives for the outdoors and luckily his canine companion keeps up with him. Abbie holds her own with Uy whether jogging, mountain biking, hiking or even paragliding. One of their favorite stops is the local dog beach where they both like to swim in the ocean. During […] | May 4, 2015
A Nose for Ooze: Dogs Put Scent Skills to Good Work
When Aryn Hervel met Crush, her first thought was “this dog needs a job.” The petite cattle dog mix had gone through two owners who couldn’t live with her energy until dog trainer Hervel adopted her and put her to work. Hervel channels Crush’s exuberance into agility with great success. The former shelter dog has […] | May 1, 2015
Special Tribute to a Retired Competitor
He’s A PatchWork Puppy CDX CGC TDI OJP OAP OFP GN CD BN RAE Sheila Dempsey of Jane Lew, WV, wrote this special tribute to her amazing multi-titled All-American Dog, Patches, when he retired from competition at age 13 two years ago. Patches is now 15 ½ years old and enjoying his retirement, Sheila says. […] | May 1, 2015
Former Abandoned Puppy Now an Agility Champ
PACH Reggie MXP3 MXPB MJP3 MJPB PAX OFP owned by Lee Sutherland of Columbia Station, OH Reggie was one of 10 puppies left in a box by a burned-out trailer and was lucky enough to be adopted by Lee. “I chose her because of her white back feet.  I wanted an agility dog and, knowing […] | April 30, 2015
Staying Connected Through Muzzle Targeting
This training tip has been shared by Stacey Campbell, a dog trainer in San Francisco, CA, who owns and operates Go Fetch Dog Training.  Stacey is also known as the human component of an agility team with her mixed-breed rescue dog, NAC MACH2 Roo! Stacey and Roo! are one of the most accomplished teams in the country, […] | April 30, 2015
Children Learn Lessons from Book About Former Shelter Dog
This story originally appeared in a 2011 issue of the AKC Canine Partners News newsletter. Since the story was published, Harley, now 9 years old, has earned the AKC’s highest honor in agility – the Master Agility Championship (MACH) and is now pursuing her Preferred Agility Championship (PACH). Most puppies spend their early months being […] | April 30, 2015

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