Author Archives: Robin

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow.

I think Tess loves the snow more than I do.  Last year I finally broke down and purchased a “snow suit” for Tess.  Yes, I probably could have picked a different color, but I figured since we were going to … Continue reading

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MY Backyard/Basement Training Routine

During the late fall and early winter months, because I live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, MY backyard training routine must have the capacity to be taken indoors.  Consistency of routine is what I shoot for, not duration of workout.  … Continue reading

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Walking Backwards

I love working with dogs and I have learned a lot from their owners.  Many of the dogs are sporting champions, which keeps me on my toes when designing a home exercise program for them AND their owners.  For example, … Continue reading

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Life

Well, shoot.  It’s sure been a while since my last post.  How did that happen?  Well, to be quite honest life just got in the way.  Basically, I got stuck.  It felt like I fell in a pit of quicksand.  … Continue reading

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Consistently Inconsistent

In dog sports we tend to focus on the orthopedic side of things.  We obtain information on structure, growth plate maturity, and OFA hip and elbow scores (I like Penn hips scores myself).  As we evolve as dog sport enthusiasts … Continue reading

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Seeking

Four-legged curly top seeks agility instructor for my two-legged companion.  Must be a people person with experience teaching multiple learning styles and be familiar with classic signs of human anxiety, frustration, confusion, impatience, and fatigue.  Must not tolerate avoidance behavior … Continue reading

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Wear and Tear

Last weekend I found the perfect cure for writer’s block.  It’s called walk six miles up a mountain at three o’clock in the morning wearing nothing but running shoes, running shorts, florescent green T-shirt, gloves, hat, flashlight, and a Portland-to-Coast … Continue reading

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Conditioning: It’s Not Just for Hair

Whenever I open my big mouth, or whatever the Internet equivalence of that is, about canine fitness I’m often asked if I could give an example of a conditioning program.  Now, I am not opposed to giving one, actually I like … Continue reading

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Painfully Slow

Well, I just returned home from my latest brain vacation (BV).  For some a BV means taking a break from all things stressful, but for me it means letting my nerdy brain run free amongst the diagnostics, literature reviews, and … Continue reading

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Weaving in Style

I have to admit when I first started teaching my dog, Tess the weaves for agility she was seven years old and I rejoiced if she understood what I wanted her do with that field of PVC.  I used the … Continue reading

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