A Hard Working Handler and the Buzz About Bloodhounds
In today’s podcast, Pilar Kuhn talks with professional handler Joe Berkau about his life in the sport and his passion for the dogs he shows. The Junior Showmanship ring provided his early introduction, but assisting several noted professionals laid the foundation for his career successes. Listen in to hear how hard work and the right mentors can make all the difference in the world for young people with a passion for dog shows. Discover how strong relationships – within the dog show family and with the dogs being shown – create a lasting bond, and why showing dogs is so much more than caring for coat and winning ribbons.
The Bloodhound is best known for its ability to recognize and follow human scent. Countless missing persons, lost children and escaped prisoners have been recovered thanks to the breed’s exceptional nose and affectionate nature. In today’s Breeder Buzzwords, law enforcement’s tenacious trailer is profiled as an impressively noble partner with an oversized uniform. Find out how excessive skin and an elastic gait come together perfectly in this baggy aristocrat.
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Joe Berkau Podcast with Pilar
By Pilar Kuhn
“A lot of hard work and not much sleep.” This is how Joe Berkau describes the life of a busy professional handler. In today’s podcast, Joe sits down with Pilar Kuhn to share some of his experiences as a junior handler, an assistant to many of the dog world’s top professionals, and as a noted handler in his own right. Having good mentors has made all the difference in his career, and he imparts some of what he’s learned for today’s juniors to consider. It’s all about working hard, giving it your all, and taking your losses as well as you take your wins. play
Breeders of purebred dogs speak a language all their own. Wherever they gather, at dog shows, seminars or in chat rooms, words and phrases are used that have very narrow definitions. Their usage makes it difficult for a novice to fully participate in the conversation, and all but impossible for the general public to follow along.
Much of the breeder’s language is derived from domesticated livestock or veterinary science. Veterans who’ve spent a lifetime perfecting their own family of purebreds use agricultural and medical terms with confidence. When noted breed authorities get together, the dialog that results can effortlessly span the broadest topics, although the words spoken will often have the narrowest of definitions. more