Welcome to the first day of autumn! As many exhibitors around the U.S. plan to say goodbye to this year’s summer heat wave, Editor Susan Chaney reports on the hot hounds that competed earlier this month at the 2012 AKC National Lure Coursing Championship. Eleven breeds ran for two days at Sampson State Park near Romulus, N.Y., including 35 lure-coursing champions. Meet the Pharaoh Hound that earned this year’s Best in Field title.
Contributing writer Deb Eldredge, D.V.M., introduces tracking as another activity that exhibitors can enjoy with their aspiring show dogs. “Tracking is great fun for a puppy, since the pup gets to do what comes naturally,” says Deb about the activity that allows a dog to follow its nose. Find out how to get started, and learn how contextual cues tell a dog when it’s time to track.
Be sure to check out our photo galleries, where you’ll find recent winners and candid snapshots from shows held near and far. Just click on Show Scene below the masthead banner, or select any of the images in the left-hand column of our home page.
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Crosstraining Your Show Puppy: Part III
By Deb Eldredge, D.V.M.
In addition to obedience and agility, you might also want to consider introducing your show prospect to tracking.
A big problem that many exhibitors fuss over with their dogs is sniffing in the ring. This is generally more of an issue outdoors. Even a mature, experienced show dog may try to sniff out the huge hunk of liver bait dropped in the grass or the chicken located conveniently along the down and back route. So how can anyone expect a young dog or pup to handle all those smells? more
New York Dog Takes AKC Lure Coursing Championship
By Susan Chaney
Two hundred and twenty sighthounds faced off earlier this month in the Finger Lakes region near Romulus, N.Y., to determine which one was the best American Kennel Club lure-coursing dog in the United States in 2012. Among those running were 35 lure-coursing champions, 10 conformation champions, 28 dual champions and nine grand champions. more