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Canine Distemper and Begging for Bait

Over the past five years, improved surveillance programs throughout the U.S. have raised awareness of canine distemper as new strains arrived in this country. Editor Susan Chaney informs Best In Show Daily readers that although outbreaks have appeared in wildlife species, the real issue for dog owners is whether current vaccines “adequately protect animals that are properly immunized.” Find out why all dogs that have been “vaccinated” are not immunized, and learn the recommended protocol for preventing the spread of the disease.

In today’s DFR, Kayla Bertagnolli has something to say about training our dogs to bait – not beg. While it’s easy to fall for the doe-eyed demands of growing puppies, endless supplies of treats can create problem children instead of happy show dogs. Find out how a little piece of steak can go a long way, and that when it comes to begging dogs, we have nobody to blame but ourselves.

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Distemper Is Still Out There, But No Need for Fear
By Susan Chaney

Canine distemper on the rise? New strains invading the U.S.? If you’ve had these questions lately, you can put your mind at ease.

“The problem you have is canine distemper is a fairly elastic virus,” says Edward J. Dubovi, Ph.D., a professor and the virology laboratory director at the Cornell Animal Health Diagnostic Center in Ithaca, N.Y. “CDV belongs to that virus group which makes numerous mistakes during the replication cycle. The result of this is that there are many different CDV viruses in the pool of virus collectively known as CDV. more

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Best In Show DailyBaiting or Begging?
By Kayla Bertagnolli

IThe adage, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” is exactly what comes to mind when I look at these two photos. What they convey to me is the difference between baiting and begging. Neither is right nor wrong, depending on the timing and situation, of course.

We train our show dogs to bait in the ring right? Well, when they aren’t free stacking during their examination, what exactly do you suppose is going through their minds – and not only at shows, but at home as well?

We all know food is a great tool to teach our show dogs how to bait, but where is that fine line between baiting and begging? This is a complex question, I know! more

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