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Can You Handle It?

Can You Handle It?

No, the title doesn’t refer to the current heatwave New Zealand is experiencing! I’m asking if you can handle your dog’s body. Can you check ears, eyes, mouth, feet and ‘private bits’? Can you groom, trim or apply minor first aid if needed? If the answer is “Umm, no…”...

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What is Competitive Obedience?

What is Competitive Obedience?

Ok, so I'm totally biased here!  Competitive obedience is my passion. I love to watch and train happy, enthusiastic dogs performing precise moves and exercises with attitude and pizazz.  There is something about having a dog so tightly and joyfully synchronised with...

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What is Rally-O?

What is Rally-O?

Rally-O, short for Rally - Obedience, is a relative newcomer to the dog sport world.  Unlike traditional competitive obedience and agility, which have been around for many decades, Rally-O has only been officially recognised as a sport here in NZ for a few years....

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What is ‘Nosework’?

What is ‘Nosework’?

Nosework is the sport of scent detection. Very recently it was recognised by Dogs New Zealand (New Zealand's 'Kennel Club') as a discipline in it's own right - and competitions will be coming to a place near you very soon! Apart from the fun of competing with your...

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Dog Training Books.  Reader Beware!

Dog Training Books. Reader Beware!

Don’t believe everything you read… You have a dog. Maybe you just want to know more about training. Maybe you have a problem. For whatever reason, you decide to get yourself some education so you buy yourself a dog training book. I love reading training books –...

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Introducing a Cat to Cujo

Introducing a Cat to Cujo

A few weeks ago, I did something bonkers.  I decided to get a cat.  That might not seem so strange until you realise that I live with a dog who kills things.  Breezy is a 9 yr. old husky x border collie.  He has killed birds, rodents and rabbits.  He would have LOVED...

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Is a Tired Dog Really a Good Dog?

Is a Tired Dog Really a Good Dog?

Today I’m tired.  I had a busy weekend at a show, lots of things going on; mostly good and fun, some a bit nerve wracking. A bit of traveling, didn’t sleep so well and new places are always a bit unsettling just because they are.  So my batteries are flat and I feel...

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Introduction: Welcome to HotDogs!

Introduction: Welcome to HotDogs!

Hello fellow dog lovers! Thank you for visiting my website and blog; I’m excited to have you here! Let me tell you a bit about myself, what this blog will used for, and the dog I currently own and train. I’m Sarah Ripley, owner of HotDogs K9 Training, here in lovely...

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