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Winter Activities, Part 5: Dock Diving

Originally featured on In part four of my Winter Activities series, I talked about Rally and how much fun it can be working on obedience. In part four, I am going to talk about the sport of Dock Diving. When you think of Dock Diving, you probably think of it as a summer sport. But one of the nice things about Dock Diving is that it can be done anytime of the year, indoors. So what is Dock Diving, you ask? Wikipedia explains it as, “a dog sport in which dogs compete in jumping for distance or height from a dock into a body of water.” If you have ever watched it on TV, you will see a toy being used to help lure the dog into the water. The toy is either used to “chase” or to “pla

Winter Activities, Part 4: Rally

Originally featured on In part three of my Winter Activities series, I talked about Nose Work and how much fun scent work can be. In part four, I am going to talk about the sport of Rally. I loved working on Rally courses with Bailey. It was a great way to see what commands we needed to work on; it provided treats for her, which she always loved; and allowed us time together, which I always loved. Rally is another registered AKC sport and any dog six months or older can participate. A Rally course is set up with 10 to 20 stations and is set up differently by every judge. Each station has a sign with instructions on the skill that should be performed. An example of instructions

Winter Activities, Part 3: Nose Work

In part two of my Winter Activities series, I talked about barn hunt and the fun that can be had for all. In part three, I am going to talk about the sport of K9 Nose Work. I LOVE K9 Nose Work. It is probably my favorite dog sport. My dog, Bailey, and I participated in Nose Work for years and she was probably at her happiest when she was working the course. Bailey loved food. She would do anything to get food, so searching for food was just about the most fun thing she could do. Nose Work is described this way on the official K9 Nose Work website: “Inspired by working detection dogs, K9 Nose Work is the fun search and scenting activity for virtually all dogs and people. This easy to learn ac

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