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Susannah and Marsha in action

Susannah Chalmers and her rescue Pug Marsha in action.

Agiity Pug

Staying fit and active is keeping Susannah Chalmers' Pugs happier and healthier.

An athletic Pug

Susannah Chalmers' Pugs are athletic and lively.

Susannah and Marsha

Susannah Chalmers is proving that Pugs can do anything any other breed can do.

Pug agility

When you think of Pugs, you may not think of agility - yet! But think again, because Pugs can do agility, in fact they can do pretty much anything any dog can do.

The Pug in this video is Marsha and we have an interview coming up with her owner, who took her form being overweight and out of shape to whizzing around the agility course. Amazing.

Take care,

Julie xx

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LV= and Battersea Dogs & Cats Home introduce their winning (and wagging) team

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home and insurer LV= have teamed up in 2015 to celebrate the country's most talented rescue dogs. The insurer is sponsoring Battersea's Rescue Dog Agility team, showing off the finest canine athletes, all champions in their own right.

Throughout the year the skilful hounds will demonstrate their speed, pooch precision, and fido-finesse at events around the country, entertaining huge audiences and proving that rescue dogs can overcome any adversity and stay ahead of the pack.

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Talented dogs wanted for ITV show - apply now!

If you have a talented dog and you fancy being on television, then ITV has just the opportunity you're looking for!
 
ITV are on the lookout for the best dogs at heelwork to music, tricks and agility in Britain to take part in a one-off Christmas special! Get your skates on because auditions will be on 29th and 30th of October in London, and then filming of the show will be at the end of November.
 

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Have you seen this funny Peter Kay agility advert?

This advert featuring Peter Kay is fantastic. I love Peter's performance in it - and the dog's! Excellent. If only it was that simple.

 

Take care,

 

Julie xx

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Lee Gibson and the funniest thing my dog ever did

I mentioned Lee Gibson's new DVD last week, and it was while we were working with Lee that Buddy did one of the funniest things he's ever done. We were completely new to agility, and so we started where Julie Andrews recommended starting - at the very beginning. Lee believes in getting the basics right; of teaching your dog the commands for each piece of equipment, teaching a right and left command, teaching a pause on the contact points, and a priority is learning to trust your dog, and giving him the space to let him get it right.

It's an approach that pays dividends. You simply can't

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Buddy agility training

This is Buddy and Julie at Lee Gibson Training, learning how to do the contacts properly.

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194 - Crufts 2018

At Crufts 2018, we brave sensory deprivation on the Guide Dog stand, found out more about Finnish Laphunds, discovered some very large doggy blood donors, chatted to John Howie about natural health supplements for dogs, and to Debbie Connolly about the need to provide the police with a quick, easy way to assess dogs they encounter. Plus the DogCast Radio News - which features new research, and chromosomes.

189 - The Dog Healers and War Dogs Remembered

In this episode you can hear Mark Winik talk about his debut novel, The Dog Healers, and listen to Julia Robertson explain why she founded the charity War Dogs remembered. Plus there's the DogCast Radio News, and what Mischief the German Spitz puppy has been up to.

188 - Service Dogs UK and Roxie the Doxie Finds Her Forever Home

In this episode you can hear about Service Dogs UK, a fantastic charity which trains assistance dogs to support veterans of any service - military personnel, police, firefighters, paramedics and the coastguard - who develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder due to their job. Also, listen to Dr Jody A Dean, a clinical psychologist talk about how her book, Roxie the Doxie finds her Forever Home, is helping children understand and talk about adoption and other family issues. Plus the DogCast Radio News and some thoughts on the alpha dog myth.

187 - Muffins Halo and Chorley Fun Dog Show

In this episode you can hear about Muffin's Halo for Blind Dogs, and what motivates people to enter their dog in a fun dog show. In the DogCast Radio News, listen to stories about the latest dog related research. Plus there's a new member of the DogCast Radio team!

186 - Maxwell Muir on wolves

In this episode you can hear trainer, behaviourist, writer, broadcaster and wolf expert Maxwell Muir talk about what wolves mean to him personally, their plight in a modern world, and his hopes for their future. Plus we have the DogCast Radio News.