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Grateful 4 Agility

Grateful 4 Agility Goal - to become a resource for people interested in dog agility by offering a site with equipment. Currently, we have facilities and equipment for training handlers and their dogs, even when it is raining.

Anyone who is interested in using the facility to train their own dog, or offering any kind of class or seminar, please contact us.

12/30/2021

I don't know why it happened but it looks funny!

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For various reasons concerning Covid and access to training facilities, I haven't been doing much agility.  I hope to ch...
10/07/2021

For various reasons concerning Covid and access to training facilities, I haven't been doing much agility. I hope to change that soon. I do now have another Sheltie that I am hoping to do agility with. Ellie is almost 13 and she won't jump over more than 8 inches. I miss agility and the fact that this page is getting some attention, I will start paying attention to my Grateful 4 Agility page. Thanks for getting my attention..

02/19/2020
The fast and the furriest: inside the weird world of dog agility

I couldn't believe the title "Inside the weird world of dog agility", give me a break but as is often the case the title wasn't appropriate. https://youtu.be/mIVUKTJjKCE As an aside, the commentators and the camera people aren't as good as Crufts.

You've seen them on TV – the dogs who run, jump, balance and zig-zag on specially designed obstacle courses in the ultra-competitive sport of dog agility. We...

04/06/2019

Ellie and I are entered in an AKC Agility trial 27 & 28 Apr with 2 runs each day. I have taken Ellie out of training classes. She doesn't really need it and at her age I feel training and trialing might demoralize her. I still need training but with any kind of luck, I'll get my training with Mindy. It would be cool if I could get them both qualified for the next AKC Nationals to be held in Reno but as long as we are having fun playing agility, it really doesn't matter.

I had never met a Sheltie until sometime around 2000 and the first one I met made me fall in love with the breed.  She w...
12/26/2018
7 Reasons Sheltie Owners Think Their Dogs Are the Best in the World – American Kennel Club

I had never met a Sheltie until sometime around 2000 and the first one I met made me fall in love with the breed. She was smart and so lovable I was hooked. https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/lifestyle/reasons-sheltie-owners-think-their-dogs-the-best/

Dog owners are a devoted lot, often completely taken by a specific breed. And owners of the Shetland Sheepdog have plenty of reasons to sing the praises of

If you don't want to run around an obstacle course with your dog but you still want to give your dog something fun to do...
12/26/2018
​The Nose Knows: Put Your Dog's Amazing Sense of Smell to Work in a New AKC Sport – American Kennel Club

If you don't want to run around an obstacle course with your dog but you still want to give your dog something fun to do, check out nose work. I even had Ellie in a few classes but my own personal fun is agility. https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/sports/put-dogs-sense-of-smell-to-work/

A high school stadium, three sets of bleachers, and one Q-tip dipped in the scent of birch. Finding that tiny swab, planted somewhere in the arena, seemed

I heard about something to do with dogs called the snoot challenge; I thought it might be about nose work and in a way, ...
10/08/2018
Dogs everywhere are doing the snoot challenge — and it's taking over Instagram

I heard about something to do with dogs called the snoot challenge; I thought it might be about nose work and in a way, I guess it is. It does seem to look "cute" and it is similar to the command we use to have a dog touch our hand with its nose. check it out https://www.thisisinsider.com/snoot-challenge-2018-8

The Snoot Challenge has completely taken the internet by storm. People around the world are posting videos of making shapes from their hands and having their pups place their nose or head inside! It's interactive, fun, and involves some training and treats in order to work.

Communicating with our dogs can be an ongoing frustration for many of us but leave it to researchers and before long the...
09/30/2018
Scientists Identify 19 Gestures Used By Dogs Communicating With Humans

Communicating with our dogs can be an ongoing frustration for many of us but leave it to researchers and before long they will come up with ideas never before considered. Check this article on dog communication! https://www.techtimes.com/articles/230581/20180619/scientists-identify-19-gestures-used-by-dogs-communicating-with-humans.htm

Scientists have identified 47 potential gestures through which dogs communicate with humans, and have translated 19 of them. Here are the gestures, and what dog are trying to say when they do them.

When I saw this article, I immediately thought of Laurie Leach because she says it is always the handler making mistakes...
09/11/2018
It's Not You It's Me: If a Dog Won't Play With You, It Could Be Your Fault

When I saw this article, I immediately thought of Laurie Leach because she says it is always the handler making mistakes not the dog! https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/dog-spies/it-s-not-you-it-s-me-if-a-dog-won-t-play-with-you-it-could-be-your-fault/

You've probably heard the expression, Life Is Short: Play With A Dog. "Okay!" you think. "I'll do it!" After all, dogs play together until they are gray in the face.

08/22/2018

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08/15/2018
THE DOG THAT MADE THE WORLD CRY ... REMEMBERING AVA!

Well, I lied but this video doesn't have the happy ending that the others did. Ava doesn't make it.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgpAyMsXe54. This organization might not make it without help but they sure are trying to help these animals. Part of me wants to get support for this guy but another part of me wonders if there might be a similar organization in the U.S. doing good work and needing help. Just a thought. You know there is another side to this. Some would argue that these dogs should have been put down, and I would have agreed in the past but when I see how these dogs are changed when rescued I guess I have to admit putting them down wasn't necessarily what should have been done. I've often wished that our pets could tell us when they were ready to head off to rainbow bridge. These guys make me believe that many dogs who seem hopeless actually have some miracles awaiting them.

I NEED YOU. HELP ME CONTINUE RESCUING. PLEASE SUPPORT ME ON PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/LetsAdopt Ava´s case is one of the most brutal and saddest cases...

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