It requires decades in the fancy – or an amazing collection of preserved dog publications – before one can start looking back to see what’s happened since the mid-1800s, when comparing dogs in an organized way first began in the U.S. Senior Editor Bo Bengtson meets both criteria. Today he pulls pith from a selection of publications that he has very nearly at his fingertips and shares some observations made in The Kennel-Review
in 1923, by Bert Heath in 1948 and Bettie Krause in 1993, to name just a tempting trio. Take a stroll back in time to see what astute observers were thinking in years gone by.
Many handlers steer clear of anything unrelated to the show ring when handling their young hopefuls. Deb Eldredge, D.V.M., takes a completely different approach with her puppies. She wants them to grow into versatile, athletic conformation champions. Today, in part 1 of her series on crosstraining, she’ll try to convince you that, rather than damaging a dog’s performance, obedience training can get you and your dog to that “CH” sooner.
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