Dog parkour is the Fido-friendly version of parkour, sometimes called free running, a type of outdoor gymnastics. In the human version, enthusiasts run, climb, leap, and swing their way through an improvised course of obstacles in the environment. Success in parkour is about discipline, not just daredevil tendencies; safety is of the utmost importance, and participants take great care to develop proper cardiovascular conditioning, strength, and body awareness. The sport went to the dogs in 2014, when established traceurs and dog trainers Karin Coyne and Abigail Curtis, DVM, of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, noticed how many unique obstacles in their everyday environment were accessible to dogs.
I couldnt be more excited about the changes you will see in this months issue of WDJ, not least of which is the new illustration of a dog on the cover, which was based on a photograph of my nine-year-old mixed-breed dog, Otto! Nepotism may have gotten Otto the spot, but...
Does your dog hate the vet? Here are 5 tips for making your dog's vet visit stress-free.
Vet visits can be stressful for the beings on both ends of the leash! As my dog sits in the waiting room, awash in trepidation, I, too, am often worried about what decisions Ill need to make regarding diagnostic testing, what its all going to cost, and the pros and cons...
Dog Training & Behavior
Help your dog develop a habit of checking in with you by establishing frequent eye contact. It's a behavior that will make every type of dog training easier. When your dog looks to you for direction and affirmation, you both gain freedom.
Checking in is one of those behaviors I like to place in the habit category; I want my dog to offer it easily and without really thinking about it. The purpose of the check in behavior (why or when a dog may do it) varies, but it always looks like this: The...
Why I'm Grateful for My Dogs - Again
Yesterday, I had a long list of things that I needed to do and had committed to doing - things for myself, my job, my husband, a friend, and the shelter...
- Whole Dog Journal's New Look
- Make Vet Visits Less Scary
- Train Your Dog to "Check In"
- Dog Parkour: Canine Urban Athletes
- Raising a Well-Adjusted Puppy