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Canine Freestyle

Have you ever danced around your living room with any of your dogs? Well maybe you have the potential to be part of a winning team, and you didn’t even know it! Canine Freestyle involves the movement around the ring of the dog and the handler, choreographed with music. Through a close partnership of the […]

Cryptococcosis – Laika’s Story

Laika Myriosa Water Off A Ducks Back CD, WC, Am/Can TDX; therapy dog 16 September 2000 – 15 August 2005 Last month, with my “puppy” lying at my feet, I would never have believed I would be writing this note so soon. Laika was such a big part of my life, and I had hoped […]

A puppy for Christmas? Not!

Christmas is a time for giving, and you may be thinking, “What better gift than the gift of love, in the form of an adorable puppy?” And, while you’d be perfectly right, Christmas is NOT the time to introduce a new puppy (or any pet) into a household. A puppy is the ultimate gift that […]

Temperament Testing

A Temperament Test consists of 10 tests which evaluate your dog’s reaction to a variety of stimuli. They include approaching strangers, walking around in a crowd, having the crowd close in, loud unfamiliar noises, a surprising visual stimulus, uneven footing, and an unfriendly stranger. Unlike an obedience test or the Canine Good Citizen certificate where […]

Frisbee

Believe it or not, there are actually canine frisbee, or flying disc, competitions!! Clubs are starting all across North America, so if there isn’t a club near you yet, maybe you should start one! Here are a list of links for more information: Canadian Disc Dog Association The Airborne Disc Dog Club of Ottawa Southern […]

Thinking of Getting a Second Dog?

Is it time to get a second dog? Why do you want a second dog? Are you doing the right thing? This topic has come up regularly since this site began in 1999. And usually it is because the poster has a romanticized idea of what life will be like with a second dog. I’m […]

Conformation

The purpose of Conformation shows is to judge dogs (males) and females (bitches) based on the breed’s standard (see the official Golden Retriever breed standard). The objective of this is to identify the dogs that are closest to the breed standard. These dogs, providing they pass the appropriate health clearances and have a temperament that […]

How a WCX is Judged

You are still in shock. It’s been a week already and still you sit and stare at that beautiful brown rosette with “WCI” emblazoned on it, it doesn’t seem real. Amazed doesn’t even begin to describe your feelings. You are so proud of this accomplishment. Who would have known that the maniac you started training […]

Agility

Agility is a fun sport for both the dogs and their handlers. It is the training of dogs to navigate an obstacle course consisting of some or all of hurdles, weave poles, A-frame, tunnels (open or collapsed), dog walk, teeter-totter, cross-over, pause table and sometimes more! Dogs of any shape, size or breed can participate […]

Blastomycosis

Blastomycosis, or “blasto” for short, is a fungal disease found in humans, dogs, and other mammals, occasionally cats. It is commonly misdiagnosed, often as cancer, Valley fever, Lyme disease, and other viral infections. It lives as a mold in warm (room temperature), acid, sandy soils near water. Once in the body, it lives as a […]

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