About: 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
This week, we introduce another very exciting component to the column. We’ll be offering occasional interviews with some amazing dog people. These folks offer insight and knowledge that is priceless. Please welcome our first subject, a very successful breeder/owner/handler. Elena is someone I admire tremendously and have known for the better part of 20 years. Continue Reading
From a reader: “I have mostly shown my own dogs and do okay with it. …. Recently I have been unable to show my dogs because of knee problems… I have a three part question. (First) Do you have tips on running gracefully? Second, can you gait a dog properly even if you yourself are Continue Reading
From a reader, “You give too much credit to PH’s. It’s the owner/handler/breeders that produce the dogs we take into the ring. We do the research and pick the studs and stay up all hours of the night with the bitch in whelp. We also pay the hefty vet bills. However you are losing us Continue Reading
Litter evaluator. Puppy kindergarten teacher. Teenager (human or canine) bootcamp drill sergeant. Handling instructor. Breeding plans advisor. Therapist. Veterinary assistant. Stud dog manager. These are just a few of the services handlers provide their clients, in addition to grooming, conditioning and traveling. Oh, yeah, and we run around the ring, too. For many of us, Continue Reading
“The purpose of Junior Showmanship Competition is twofold: to introduce and encourage Juniors to participate in the sport of dogs; and to provide Juniors with a meaningful competition in which they can learn, practice, and improve in all areas of handling skill and sportsmanship. It is important that judges of Junior Showmanship Competition understand the Continue Reading