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Sports Medicine for Dogs - Part 1: Prevention of Injury

Sheree Farber

"For many years, a small number of 'therapists' from various disciplines were dispersed throughout North America, working with veterinarians, to address the rehabilitation needs of dogs. Initially there were no formal educational programs for canine rehabilitation specialists but therapists trained to work with humans applied their skills to dogs. Today at least two universities are developing programs in rehabilitation physical therapy in veterinary medicine..."

Sports Medicine for Dogs - Part 2: Anxiety Wrap

Sheree Farber

"The next few installments of my column will include a comprehensive overview of sports medicine treatment, the professional team members and their roles, current views on treatment modalities and latest research. On January 31-February 2, 2003, the Annual Sports Medicine Symposium was held at Auburn University... This particular column addresses a new piece of equipment that has the potential to impact all areas of care and training of performance and companion animals called The Anxiety Wrap developed by Susan Sharpe and Kimberly Ring..."

Preventing Stress in You and Your Dog During Dog Shows

Sheree Farber

"In the 1970s scientists reported that chronic stress weakens the immune system and leads to disease. After recently attending a 4 day dog show that included conformation, obedience, and agility, I decided that it would be helpful to review the topic of stress during competition and provide stress reduction methods for handlers, owners and their dogs..."

The Dangers of Walnut Shells

Kris Kothe

walnut shells

"Beware of walnut shells! They can be very destructive to a dog. If chewed, broken into little pieces and swallowed, they turn into little razors and spikes, and can tear up the intestinal track. I know. I found out the hard way. The dogs' yard is in the woods and, as such, accumulates woodsy materials including walnuts. In all the years that I have been using this yard, I have not had a problem. However, that changed when eight year old Rader decided one day that walnuts might make a good supplement to her diet... and she paid for it..."

Pet Therapy

"Pet therapy is a very rewarding activity that almost anyone can participate in. The only requirements are a well behaved pet and a desire to have a positive impact on people's lives. At this time, White River Golden Retriever Club members are making regular visits to nursing homes and hospitals. There have also been numerous requests for visits to all types of institutions. There certainly is no shortage of people and places to visit...."


Training Classes

"WRGRC knows the importance of a well-behaved dog to fulful the role of family companion. We are compiling a list of training clubs, centers, and schools in the greater Indianapolis area..."

Rules and Standard

Golden Retriever Standard

Reformatted August 18, 1990

"A symmetrical, powerful, active dog, sound and well put together, not clumsy nor long in the leg, displaying a kindly expression and possessing a personality that is eager, alert and self-confident. Primarily a hunting dog, he should be shown in hard working condition. Overall appearance, balance, gait and purpose to be given more emphasis than any of his component parts..."

dog carrying bird

Retriever Hunt Test Regulations

Amended to May 10, 2016

"The purpose of a Hunting Test for Retrievers is to test the merits of, and evaluate the abilities of Retrievers in the field in order to determine their suitability and ability as hunting companions. Hunting Tests shall, therefore, simulate as nearly as possible the conditions met in a true hunting situation..."

Obedience Regulations

Amended to May 01, 2016

"An obedience club that meets all the requirements of the American Kennel Club and wishes to hold an obedience trial must apply on the form the AKC provides for permission to hold such a trial. The trial may be held either in conjunction with a dog show, agility trial or as a separate event. A club that is not a member of the AKC must pay a license fee in order to hold a trial. The AKC Board of Directors determines this fee. If the trial is not held at the approved time and place, the license fee will be returned..."

dog holding ribbon

Dog Show Regulations

Amended to September 12, 2017

"A licensed show is a show at which championship points may be awarded, given by a club or association which is not a member of The American Kennel Club but which has been specially licensed by The American Kennel Club to give the specific show designated in the license..."

Agility Regulations

Amended to XX

"The purpose of AKC agility trials is to afford owners the opportunity to demonstrate a dog's willingness to work with its handler under a variety of conditions. The program begins with basic entry-level agility, and progresses to more complex levels that require dogs to demonstrate higher levels of training and interaction with their handlers. Agility results in a better rounded, conditioned dog, provides good basic training for search and rescue dogs, demonstrates good training and citizenship and has excellent spectator appeal..."

tracking with puppy

Tracking Regulations

Amended to May 09, 2017

"The purpose of a tracking test is to demonstrate the dog's ability to recognize and follow human scent, a skill that is useful in the service of mankind. Tracking, by nature, is a vigorous, noncompetitive outdoor sport. Tracking tests demonstrate the willingness and enjoyment of the dog in its work, and should always represent the best in sportsmanship and camaraderie by the people involved..."

Rally Regulations

Amended to November 01, 2017 with Green insert effective August 1, 2018

"AKC Rally is a sport in which the dog and handler complete a course that has been designed by the rally judge. The judge tells the handler to begin, and the dog and handler proceed at their own pace through a course of designated stations (10-20, depending on the level). Each of these stations has a sign providing instructions regarding the next skill that is to be performed. Scoring is not as rigorous as traditional obedience..."

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