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About: Laura Reeves PHA

Laura Reeves PHA

Our family always had dogs. Mutt dogs, purebred dogs, but always dogs. I grew up with dogs everywhere. My mother eventually enrolled me in dog care 4-H because I was “shy and retiring and lacked people skills”….. I am the living testimonial to the success of the 4-H program! I continued into AKC shows as my family transitioned from “dogs” to the wonderful world of Purebred Dogs. I showed all of our family dogs in conformation and participated in Junior Showmanship competition. I went to college, earned a degree and worked as a newspaper reporter and freelance writer. Today, I am an AKC Breeder of Merit and a member of the Professional Handlers Association.

Recent Posts by Laura Reeves PHA

As the Wheels Turn – Best of the Breed

A couple recent social media commentaries have brought to the forefront what would seem a pretty basic question. What is more important? Best of Breed or All-Breed Competition? This isn’t even a chicken and the egg controversy. You literally cannot have one without the other. And yet, as has been opined repeatedly, BOB seems to Continue Reading

As the Wheels Turn – Rankings Remix

The latest statistics, for the first half of 2015, hit the airwaves today. Everyone from junior handlers to owner handlers to the top dog in the country of any breed is ranked in every possible format. While I acknowledge the appeal, and certainly am not immune to bragging on the success of the dogs I Continue Reading

As the Wheels Turn – Commentary: R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Here’s a memo. Everybody wants it, but nobody wants to earn it. It’s a novel concept these days, that respect isn’t just handed out with the participation ribbons. Find out what it means to me. Respect is earned. Showing up on time. Every time. Doing the job right. Every time. In the real world, you Continue Reading

As the Wheels Turn – Handling FAQ — Problem Solving

Let’s face it. A good show dog is a very different creature than a couch potato dog. While the two are not mutually exclusive, a dog who is unsocialized outside his home, out of condition, unused to being groomed routinely, unfamiliar with the noise and commotion of a dog show etc has a long upward Continue Reading

As the Wheels Turn – Someday We’ll Laugh About This…

I am a professional show dog handler. This is a job that is very time sensitive and physically demanding, so I hire dog show kids to help me out. Which effectively means that on any given weekend, I am personally responsible for the health and well-being of other people’s kids and dogs while traveling great Continue Reading