Therapy Dog Receives Hospital’s Top Volunteer Honors
Meet Maya Belle who has earned AKC’s top Therapy Dog title of THDD for making more than 400 visits to help others. She and her owner, Raymond Rauen of Livonia, MI, spend hours every week to cheer patients at St. Mary Mercy Hospital Since Maya Belle and Ray began volunteering at St. Mary Mercy Hospital […] | May 11, 2015
Rescue Dog Conquers Fears to Become Agility Champ
MACH African Queen MXS MJS OF CGC owned by MaryAnne Borowski of Millstone Township, NJ Zuri came into MaryAnne’s life in Monmouth County, NJ, after being transported there from a shelter in North Carolina. “As she grew we would often take long walks on the trails.  Everyone who saw her would comment on the ease […] | May 11, 2015
Junior Handler & Rescue Dog Rally To Success
Seventeen-year-old Linnea Corlette and her All-American Dog, Reece, won first place in the Rally Advanced class with a nearly perfect score of 99 at the AKC Juniors Classic. The annual national competition spotlights junior handlers working with their dogs in Obedience and Rally. The event was held in December in Orlando, FL, in conjunction with […] | May 8, 2015
Calling All Flyball Dogs!
The AKC recognizes three titles earned by dogs in competitions sanctioned by the North American Flyball Association (NAFA). Owners of flyball-titled dogs may apply to the AKC and request that their flyball title be added to their AKC permanent record. Flyball is one of the few team sports for dogs, and the sport is for […] | May 8, 2015
Quick Tip for Speedy Weave Poles
The weave poles are one of the toughest obstacles for agility dogs to master. In the AKC Novice class, dogs must complete six poles. When they advance to the intermediate Open and advanced Excellent levels, the number of  weave poles doubles to 12. In this training tip, professional dog trainer Michele Godlevski of Youngsville, NC, […] | May 8, 2015
Former Shelter Dog Excels at Search & Rescue
This article originally appeared in the AKC Canine Partners News newsletter. Chris Moore and her family were content with owning two small dogs until a crime stripped their security away. The family returned home one day to discover a theft had taken place. Their home had been broken into, but thankfully, their Miniature Dachshunds, Mocha […] | May 7, 2015
Junior Handler Achieves Agility Championship with Rescue Pup
MACH Hailey Bell CD BN MXB MJB THD & Danielle Oss of Prior Lake, MN Danielle Oss and her family adopted Hailey, a Border Collie-retriever mix, from a shelter in 2008. The following summer on a trip to the Minnesota State Fair, Danielle saw an agility demonstration and knew that she had to try the […] | May 7, 2015
On the Road Again: Keep Your Pup Cool on Summer Vacation
Canine Care Tip Brought to You by the AKC GoodDog! Helpline Team School will be out soon and summer vacation is coming up! Planning to bring Fido on your family road trip? A little planning ahead will make your trip smoother. Here are a few tips to keep your dog cool and comfortable! Before your trip: […] | May 7, 2015
Rescue Moms & Pups Get Second Chance Through Special Program
This article originally appeared in AKC Family Dog magazine. Alaska wags her tail and wiggles her body every time a person approaches. She has a great grin and calm demeanor but, turned in as a stray to a small rural shelter, her adoption chances were slim. She was an adult. She was black (the least […] | May 6, 2015
Go Sit on the Bench!
This training tip is contributed by dog trainer Kay Lackey of Lodi, OH, owner of Katie’s Ark Dog Training. She is the owner of an AKC Canine Partner named Rocky, a pitbull mix who is a certified therapy dog and rally competitor. Lackey, who has a bachelor’s degree in wildlife science, has worked with animals […] | May 6, 2015

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