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Summer School Gone to the Dogs
Learn new skills in the coming months
Next month, my puppy, Remy, and I are headed up to Susan Garrett's Say Yes! Dog Training for two camps, Advances in Dog Training and Critical Elements for Sport and Life (formerly know as Puppy Camp). I can't wait to spend four full days dedicated to honing my dog training skills and working with Remy. This summer, use some of your vacation days to learn more about dog-related topics, sharpen...
Good Dog: Activities & Sports
River Run
Paddling white water with a dog at the helm.
With the rhythmic stroke of our paddles, we leave the city of Glenwood Springs, Colo., behind and continue our float down the famed Colorado River. Ahead, a trio of herons stands at the water’s edge on a small grassy island that sits mid-river, temporarily dividing the Colorado in two.We paddle for the channel on the right, hoping we’ve made the correct choice.As we enter the channel—well past...
Good Dog: Activities & Sports
7 Activities for a Bad-Weather Day
Rainy day play by the numbers.
Have wet conditions gotten in the way of your normal walk, run or play time at the park? Are you in search of some ideas for entertaining your dog when the weather outside is “frightful”? There are lots of stimulating activities that will keep you and your dog happily enjoying one another’s company, no matter how gloomy it is outdoors. It’s all about spending time together in interesting ways. 1...
Dog's Life: Travel
Outward Hound
Bark editors share their summer picks.
Unleashing our inner farm dog Tap into rural pleasures (just-picked pears, clucking chickens, muddy boots) during a pet-friendly farm stay. Well-behaved dogs are welcome at the aptly named Dog Mountain Farm in Carnation, Wash., where organic orchards, vineyards and gardens supply scrumptious scenery and farm dinners. And in the East Coast, there’s the 200-acre Champlain Valley Alpacas farm in...
News: Guest Posts
What’s your Best Bet for Summer Dog Fun?
Be a part of our summer guide, and win a Dog Is My Co-Pilot bumper sticker
It may be hard for some of us in colder, wetter parts of the country to really believe that summer is coming. But as sure as a treat follows ­ a click!, the clouds will part, the temperatures will rise, and school breaks will commence. Before we know it, our dogs will be waiting at the front door with a Frisbee in their mouths, bags packed with treats and fresh water, wagging their tails, the...
News: Guest Posts
Interesting Dog-Lovers Stop by Bark’s Open Thread
Like our first goodie bag winner
Last week, we launched Off Leash, our first-ever open thread. We weren’t sure what to expect when we decided to create a space for real-time conversations with no rules (other than common courtesy), so we were thrilled when so many of you showed up to speak your mind. Your helpful advice, informed opinions, experiences and passion remind us why we do the work we do. So we’re making it a regular...
Culture: DogPatch
Between a Dog and a Hard Place
Adventure athlete has her dog to thank for her rescue after a near-fatal fall.
Taz and Danelle Ballengee
When Danelle Ballengee headed out for an eight-mile trail run near Moab, Utah, last December (2006), it was supposed to be just another outing. And that’s probably what her dog, Taz, thought, too. A two-time world champion in the extreme sport of adventure racing, and a seven-time Ironman triathlon finisher, Ballengee lives in Dillon, Colo., and frequently uses Moab as a training ground. And...
News: Guest Posts
Did You Miss Reveille This Week?
Canine mascots rule NCAA basketball this year
We were so focused on the all-dog men’s final in NCAA basketball (UConn Huskies versus Butler Bulldogs), we overlooked a canine presence in the women’s final on Tuesday night. The 2011 Women’s Champion Texas A&M University Aggies are represented by a seemingly counterintuitive canine mascot, a Rough Collie named Reveille. The tradition dates back to 1931, when a group of A&M cadets...
Good Dog: Activities & Sports
Dive In!
The water is always fine when you and your dog go dock diving.
Dock Dogs
On a drizzly Midwest morning my husband and I joined a small group gathered at the edge of a pond to watch one of the country's top dock-diving dog teams in action. Handler Dave Breen of Oregon, Illinois, and his awesome Lab/German Shorthaired Pointer mix, Black Jack, are pioneers in this young sport.   Breen asked Black Jack to sit and stay at the dock's end closest to land, then walked to...
News: Guest Posts
Cancel Gym Membership and Get a Dog!
Research shows that dog owners lead more active lifestyles.
I'll admit it: If it wasn't for my four dogs, I’d likely live a sedentary hermit life and dine exclusively on PBJ sandwiches. Thanks to my pack, I spend at least 10 hours a week out and about in an effort to keep us all conditioned. I also pay more attention to what I eat as I've learned more about how my dogs' diets affect their performance in canine sports.   Studies now show that dog owners...

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