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2014 Archived

December 2014

12/26/14 Generalize or Personalize: Do Dogs Transfer an Acquired Rule to Novel Situations and Persons?
Does your dog understand what you say no matter where you say it? By Claudia Bensimoun
12/15/14 Enjoying the Holidays with Your Dogs
Tips from USDAA and World Cynosport Rally.
12/01/14 Dogs Prefer Petting to Being Praised
A recent study ranks dogs' preference of petting over praise. By Claudia Bensimoun

November 2014

11/03/14 Rally at the 2014 Cynosport World Games
World Cynosport Rally made its debut at the Games with a fun trial in an exciting environment. By Wendy Hilton

October 2014

10/31/14 New Physical Address for WCRL Office
New physical address for WCRL is effective Monday, November 3, 2014.
10/18/14 WCRL Trial at the APDT Conference Held Today
Today we are holding the first WCRL Trial at the APDT Annual Conference, where over 900 dog trainers are in attendance.
10/10/14 Feeding the Working or Performance Dog - Myth vs. Reality
Learn the ins and outs of feeding a performance dog, thanks to Petcurean!

September 2014

09/22/14 Could Your Dog be Prone to Blinding Retinal Diseases?
Some diseases that blind dogs may be due to a structure that resembles one in the human eye. By Claudia Bensimoun
09/15/14 Event Report: Tri State Dog Obedience Club
A recipe for a great trial! By Bill Kroohs

August 2014

08/29/14 Brain Food
Can diet affect canine brain development? By Claudia Bensimoun.
08/11/14 How to Protect Your Dogs from Sunburn
In the dog days of summer, how do you protect your pup from the sun? By Claudia Bensimoun
08/04/14 No Reward Markers VS. Cheerful Interrupters
Denise Fenzi explains these two different ways to interrupt an error in behavior in training. 

July 2014

07/28/14 Recent Study on Paw Preference and Dog Agility May Have Implications for Rally Dogs
Paw preference and handler location may affect canine mental performance on the agility course. This may have applications to your rally dog's performance! By Claudia Bensimoun
07/23/14 New Provisional Judges Named
Announcement of new judges approved for provisional judging assignments.
07/18/14 WCRL Trial at the 2014 APDT Annual Conference
Entries are now open for the WCRL-hosted trial held on October 18th at the Connecticut Convention Center.
07/11/14 Less is More For Hungry Dogs
Do you train with a mix of high and low value treats? That might not be as rewarding as you think. By Claudia Bensimoun
07/03/14 Personality Consistency in Dogs: A Meta-Analysis
Do a dog's personality traits stay consistent over time? A look at a Department of Psychology, University of Texas, study by Samuel D. Gosling, Jamie Fratkin, David Sinn, and Erika Patall. By Claudia Bensimoun
07/01/14 New WCRL Judge Policy & Procedures
The new WCRL Judge Policy & Procedures are effective 7/1/2014.

June 2014

06/23/14 Event Report: Monadnock Humane Society "Summer Silliness" World Cynosport Rally Trial
Handlers had some silly fun while winning ribbons and titles at this recent competition. By Amee Abel

06/12/14 Proposed WCRL Judge Policies & Procedures
Please review and submit comments by June 25.
06/04/14 How Many Legs Does it Take to Earn a Rally Championship? (Skye's Story)
For Tecla Walton and her Belgian Malinois, Skye, only three! By Brenna Fender

May 2014

05/30/14 Attention Changes in the Course of a Dog's Life Mirror Those of Humans
When will your pup be most attentive? By Claudia Bensimoun
05/12/14 Canine Fitness and Conditioning to Optimize Performance
A fit dog will be less likely to be injured and more likely to be
successful! By Marla Friedler-Cooper, MA CPDT

05/03/14 Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Ideas for making your dog-related waste (like dog food bags) more eco-friendly. By Leslie May of raiseagreendog.com.

April 2014

04/25/14 Train, Play, Repeat!
A recipe for training a motivated performance. By Amanda Nelson
04/18/14 Water, the Basis of a Dog's Life!
Leslie May from raiseagreendog.com explains how to provide your dog with safe, healthy water. It's more complicated than you think!
04/18/14 New Provisional Judge Named
Announcement of a new judge approved for provisional judging assignments.
04/11/14 Training Your Dog to Like Repetition
Sometimes in training, we have to ask our dogs to repeat actions to get them right. But some dogs consider this a correction, or get bored or unhappy with it. Can you train your dog to lie repetition? By Frankie Joiris
04/02/14 The Power of "YES!"
Kimber Chase explains the importance of this little word in regards to mental management for many activities, including dog sports.
04/01/14 A World Cynosport Rally Update
An update on the World Cynosport Rally program as of March 31, 2014.

March 2014

03/27/14 Dogs' Brain Scans Reveal Vocal Responses
A study shows a similarity between the way dogs and humans react to voices. By Claudia Bensimoun
03/20/14 The Visual System in Humans and Canines
A discussion of visual acuity and depth perception. By David Bozak
03/13/14 Can Dogs Learn from Eavesdropping?
Dogs can eavesdrop from people's reactions in third party interactions. By Claudia Bensimoun
03/05/14 Dogs Understand a Left-Sided Wag from a Right
Have you noticed that your dog's tail sometimes wags more to one side than the other? It might mean something! By Claudia Bensimoun

February 2014

02/25/14 It's All in How They're Raised
Or is it? A look at nature vs. nurture by Sara Reusche CPDT-KA CVT ANWI.
02/24/14 New Provisional Judge Named
Announcement of a new judge approved for provisional judging assignments.
02/20/14 The Breakfast Effect
Dr. Holly Miller investigated whether a dog's consumption of a morning meal would affect search accuracy on a working memory task following the exertion of self-control. By Claudia Bensimoun
02/13/14 No Vision? No Problem!
How does a blind dog earn a Rally Champion Extraordinaire title? By Brenna Fender
02/03/14 Border Collie Comprehends Over 1,000 Object Names as Verbal Referents
How smart are our dogs? By Claudia Bensimoun

January 2014

01/24/14 Attitude Really IS Everything: The Science Behind Drives (Part 3)
The final part from our series from Dog Sports Skills Book 1: Building Engagement and Relationship by Denise Fenzi and Deb Jones, PhD.
01/23/14 Attitude Really IS Everything: What Does Stress Look Like? (Part 2)
More from Dog Sports Skills Book 1: Building Engagement and Relationship by Denise Fenzi and Deb Jones, PhD.
01/22/14 Attitude Really IS Everything! (Part 1)
An excerpt from Dog Sports Skills Book 1: Building Engagement and Relationship by Denise Fenzi and Deb Jones, PhD.
01/20/14 New Provisional Judge Named
Announcement of a new judge approved for provisional judging assignments.
01/13/14 Event Report: Monadnock Humane Society December Trial
Trial Chair Amee Abel shares the details of this recent trial, which involved food, fun, and rally!
01/10/14 New Provisional Judge Named
Announcement of a new judge approved for provisional judging assignments.
01/09/14 Rally Resolutions!
World Cynosport Rally competitors share their goals for 2014. What are yours?

01/06/14 The Winning Attitude for 2014
Jo Unbehaun shares her thoughts about resolutions and goals for the new year.



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