More than 3,000 non-registered dogs, both purebred and mixed breed, have gone through the American Kennel Club’s My Dog Can Do That program. Editor Susan Chaney takes a look at the program developed to encourage pet owners to train their dogs and participate in AKC events. Find out how everyone benefits when new owners and their dogs are made to feel welcome.
“Many exercises that agility exhibitors use can help your pup in the show ring,” says contributing writer Deb Eldredge, D.V.M. Building confidence is the goal when puppies are permitted to explore their world through play. Learn how exposure to tunnels and flying saucers can improve coordination and even make it easier to get that perfect show win photo.
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Crosstraining Your Show Puppy: Part II
By Deb Eldredge, D.V.M.
After obedience, the next dog sport to introduce your show puppy to is agility. No, I’m not talking weave poles or jumping – that’s too much stress for your growing puppy’s joints! However, many exercises that agility exhibitors use can help your pup in the show ring. You do not need to aim for a MACH (Master Agility Champion title), though I know at least two breeds whose National Specialties were won by conformation champions who had MACHs. more
AKC Says More Than 3,000 Dogs ‘Can Do That’
By Susan Chaney
In just a little over a year, more than 3,000 dogs have gone through the American Kennel Club’s My Dog Can Do That program. It draws owners of non-registered dogs, both purebred and mixed breed, to AKC events around the country, exposing them to the world of dog shows, agility, obedience and rally.
“When people are at home and see a trial or show, they think, ‘My dog couldn’t do that,’” says Penny Leigh, program manager for AKC Canine Partners,which oversees the program. more