Historic FUN Obedience Event at Westminster

Obedience is much on my mind these days, and I’ve been scouring the Internet for stories, strategies, and tips to help Sasha and I learn the fine art of PAYING ATTENTION. I think we’ll both be watching this clip for inspiration! (Find the link at the end of the post.)

Photo: Cathy Sheeter Fine Arts Photos: Cathy Sheeter Fine Arts

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Never say never. That’s what I learned this week at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show. The nationally recognized Westminster show takes place every February in New York City. For nearly a week, dog people from across the country descend upon New York and the city is abuzz with everything dog.

For many years, I’ve heard obedience people say, “wouldn’t it be great if some day our sport could be at Westminster to show the public about the benefits of training dogs?” And every time, someone would inevitably respond, “It will never happen.” That’s because Westminster has been a club steeped in tradition and that tradition has always been conformation shows.

But then, there was a change. Westminster Kennel Club decided to add AKC Agility to the show, and this year, everyone cheered at the show (and at home as they watched via television) for this…

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