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Breeder/Owner-Handlers Are Not the Minor League

Some lessons that I have learned over the years seemed so small when I learned them and yet have stood by me better than anything I was ever tested on in school. One of these came from a college psychology professor more decades ago than I care to admit. I won’t try to quote him Continue Reading

Owner Handlers and the Importance of Sportsmanship

Sportsmanship is so important to the AKC that the policy is included in our entry premiums and show schedules. The penalties for violating this policy are a bit steep, at least in dog show terms, since they include suspension and fines. Most of us in the dog show community don’t know how to handle the Continue Reading

Owner Handlers and the Two Minute Rule

It’s one of the first things we are taught when we start showing: in general, judges will take 2 minutes per dog to judge their assignment. Later you learn that this isn’t so much a tool to estimate when you are actually going in the ring, and more a real rule, the enforcement of which Continue Reading

The Internet Empowers Owner-Handlers

I grew up in the incredibly small state of Delaware – the butt of many jokes mostly made up and perpetuated by other Delawareans. My joke has been that Delaware has three degrees of separation instead of the six degrees supposedly existing everywhere else. Everyone in Delaware appears to be either related, a graduate of Continue Reading

Short Circuits Benefit Owner-Handlers

For the Memorial Day weekend, I decided to go to the Langley Kennel Club dog shows in Langley, Va. This club has a wonderful venue – a large, bright convention center with ample free parking, lots of grass to exercise dogs, waste receptacles complete with free cleanup bags and staff that regularly cleans up – Continue Reading

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