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Author Archives: Lisa Schuyler

Search and Rescue

Search and Rescue canine teams can be utilized in the search for missing people. They can also be used in crime and disaster situations. Dogs are used because of their strong sniffing ability (A search dog has 44 times more olfactory sensory cells than a human). As well, dogs can cover a large amount of […]

Canine Good Neighbour (CGN)

The¬†Canine Good Neighbour¬†program was developed by the Canadian Kennel Club to identify and reward responsible, caring owners and their canine partners throughout Canada. The test is non-competitive and allows dog and handler to demonstrate confidence and control in 12 steps. It assesses the handler and dog’s relationship, together with the handler’s ability to control the […]

Tracking: The Nose Knows!!

Does your dog love to use its nose? Then maybe tracking training is for you! Essentially, tracking is the training of dogs to use their noses to follow a human scent. In Canada, the CKC offers tracking trials, which test a dog’s ability to recognize and follow human scent and to locate an article or […]

Flyball

Flyball is a super-fast, exciting team sport. Four dogs on a team participate in a relay race. The course consists of a starting line, four hurdles spaced ten feet apart and a box. The first hurdle is six feet from the start line and the box is fifteen feet from the last hurdle for a […]

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 […]

All about Obedience

Competitive Obedience demonstrates dogs’ willingness, capabilities and enjoyment of working with and very closely with humans. In CKC obedience trials, the dog and handler complete a series of set exercises and attempt to score 170 or higher out of a possible 200. Your dog needs a CKC registration number to enter trials but can compete […]

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 […]

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 […]

So you think you want to do field – or – How do I get started?

The breeder of your pup talked about all the field titles his dogs had – field events that tested the dogs natural desire and trainability – who knew! They sounded like fun and the pup as it turns out likes to retrieve, well, “like” may be a bit of an understatement, he is a bit […]

Title Abbreviations

The following is a list of titles and their abbreviations that can be awarded by the CKC and/or the AKC for various activities and events. They are sorted into titles that appear as a prefix and as a suffix. As a prefix Ch. Champion (conformation) FC Field Champion AFC Amateur Field Champion NFC National Field […]

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