Training a puppy for the show and obedience rings simultaneously doesn’t have to be a cringe-worthy proposition. Guest writer Deb Eldredge, D.V.M., shares a few simple obedience exercises that help to build confidence as they build muscle, and offers tips to prevent sitting in the show ring. Discover the benefits that “puppy aerobics” can provide in the training of any future superstar.
Social Media Maven Pilar Kuhn has enjoyed sharing her mini-pack with her family during their recent extended visit. The interaction between the dogs and her niece and nephew has been fun for everyone, especially the little Scottish Terrier that charmed her way into a sleepover with the kids.
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Crosstraining Your Show Puppy: Part I
By Deb Eldredge, D.V.M.
Just the thought of training a puppy for the show and obedience rings simultaneously probably makes some of you cringe. You’re likely thinking, “But then my puppy will sit in the ring!”.
A dog who knows the obedience commands for stand, sit and down can simply be told to stand. In addition, those obedience exercises make for a better muscled show dog. Many judges are frustrated when they put hands on a dog, especially a young puppy, and feel an overweight or out-of-condition body. more
By Pilar Kuhn
In my last Down and Back I introduced you to my brother’s two kids, who were visiting for a couple of weeks. I adore my niece and nephew, and I especially love the way they interact with our dogs.
Last time I described my nephew’s special relationship with Garrison the Bouvier. Now I’d like to mention the relationship between my niece and nephew and our older Scottie, Gypsy. more