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Professional K9 Handler Blog

  1. 10 Dog Walking Tips Everyone Should Know

    10 Dog Walking Tips Everyone Should Know

    Walking your dog is extremely important if you want your furry buddy to be healthy. It's a vital part of your pup's general well-being, as it allows them to stay healthy physically and mentally. Although we all know you're supposed to take your dog out several times a day, many owners struggle with the daily walks for various reasons. Sometimes the dog doesn't walk calmly while on a leash and the walk turns into frustration. Other times, the pup runs off and the owner spends the following days trying to find him.

    There are many reasons why a simple walk may turn into an unpleasant experience. We've prepared a list of 10 tips for walking your dog and enjoying every minute of it:

    10 Dog Walking Tips Everyone Should Know

    Choose the Perfect Leash

    The kind of leash you choose can make or break the

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  2. Keeping Your Dog Happy During the Coronavirus Quarantine

    You may be unhappy that you’re stuck in the Coronavirus quarantine, but we guarantee your K9 is overjoyed that you’re spending so much time at home. Break up the monotony of the next few weeks with these fun activities to get moving, fight boredom, and strengthen the bond between you and your canine companion.

    Agility and Rally:

    Whether you’re an agility competitor or just want to make use of your big backyard, our Competition Agility Single and Panel Jumps are great for a makeshift obstacle course.

    Check out our Training DVDs and Books on how to teach your dog to jump hurdles, build upon their agility skills, and more.

    The Magmar Agility Weave Poles come with grass stakes,

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  3. 5 Ways to Bring Luxury to Your Pet’s Life

    When you bring home a pet for the first time, the deep connection you feel toward them might surprise you. Your dog or cat may not be able to speak, but somehow, you form a true bond that lasts for years. And when your pet showers you with love, you want to do the same for them in return.

    Want to make your pet’s life even more luxurious and make them feel spoiled and pampered each day? Here are a few ways to step up and boost your pet’s quality of life!

    Pet Food Delivery

    Today, many pet owners choose to give their dog homemade food or treats instead of going with store-bought varieties. Of course, everyone wants to feed their pets the healthiest diet possible, but let’s face it, this isn’t feasible for some people. Cooking homemade food and treats for your pets can be very time consuming, and making additional trips to the grocery for fresh ingredients can in

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  4. Pet Hacks: 5 Ways To Make Your Road Trip With Your Dog Stress-Free

    Time to hit the road? Far from setting off into the sunset and enjoying a relaxing journey, travelling with a dog can be a fur-raising experience. Fear peeing, puking and pooing; shaking, barking, whining and whimpering. Yeah, safe to say that hitting route 66 quickly turns into the road trip from hell when accompanied by your nervy canine. So, what can you do about it? Let’s work through our top waggly-tail tips.

    PLAN WELL AHEAD FOR ACCOMODATIONS We don’t know why, but not everyone is a huge fan of dogs (between you and I – they don’t know what they’re missing). Anyway, dogs are pretty much a no-go for many motels and hotels, so you’ll need to do a little legwork before you set off.

    This page lists

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  5. Marcy & Stripe

    Marcy Mantell & Stripe

    It is hard to believe, but, last fall I competed for the 7th time at the FCI Agility World Championships in Sweden. My six prior years were 2007-2012, when I had the honor to proudly represent the USA with my Sheltie, Wave. And, this year, I was proud to represent for the first time with Stripe. Now, it would be easy to think all the years with Wave would have dulled my experience with Stripe. But, they had not, as no two years were ever alike. Each one was unique always offering different teammates, countries, judges, courses, arenas, agility competitors, good runs, bad runs, supporters, sights, landscapes, foods, weather conditions, hotels, transportation, and, so, the list goes on and on. And, of course all of them have left me with a life time of incredible memories.

    But, “What makes the FCI Agility World Championships special?”. I have been asked this question more times than any other. And, I always hesitate to answer, because I a

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  6. AWC and the Coaches

    AWC and the coaches

    My name is Carla McAlister and my first exposure to the world team coaches was as an alternate for the 2016 team. And this year, 2018 I won my spot onto the team and had the full experience. I did not have any clue what the coaches did for this event until I saw it all happen. And truly, I am positive there are a million things that I didn't see happen as well. And when someone asked me after I had returned from Sweden about the coaches and what they did, I realized that maybe other people were curious about how it all worked.

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  7. What goes into a Rear Cross?

    By Jennifer Crank

    A rear cross is one of three crosses that can be done in order to change the side the dog is on when on course. The front cross and blind cross are both side changes done in front of the dog dog while a rear cross is a side change done behind the dog. You will constantly be presented with the decision of which cross to perform. Strategy is part of what agility is all about. Should you choose a rear cross, where should the rear cross be? What type of rear cross should I be doing? Is my dog reading it correctly? Let’s take a look at all that can go into perfecting a rear cross.

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