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January 20, 2013 Subscribe

Terriers Doing What They’re Bred for, plus Preparing To Be a Therapy Dog

Every breed was designed for a particular purpose, and although the breed standards describe dogs whose form follows the function for which they were bred, the show ring doesn’t test their instinct to perform those tasks. A group of fanciers in New York City has found the perfect way to test the natural instincts of their Terriers to do what they were originally bred for – rid the environs of rats and other vermin. Editor Susan Chaney reports on how the Ryders Alley Trench Fed Society, or RATS, “proves the breed standard” and has a lot of fun in the process.

Last week Senior Editor Christi McDonald announced that she and her Toy Poodle, Ruthie, were starting therapy dog classes. But there’s been an unexpected glitch in the process and, although they attended the orientation class, their training has to be postponed until March. Learn all the things Christi has discovered in a very short time about how to be perfectly prepared if you want to do therapy work with your dog.

Be sure to check out our photo galleries, where you’ll find recent winners and candid photos from shows held near and far. Just click on Show Scene below the masthead banner, or select any of the images in the left-hand column of our home page.

Dan Sayers

Editor in Chief

Getting Started in Therapy Dog

By Christi McDonald

I wrote last Sunday about the fact that I want to get involved with therapy dog this year with my Toy Poodle, Ruthie. I got her CGC a few weeks ago, and then went to the orientation for the six-week therapy dog class I signed us up for at Teamworks Dog Training. more

Terriers Find Their Quarry – in Manhattan’s Alleys

By Susan Chaney

Rats are a big problem in New York City. It’s the stuff of urban legend, visitor nightmares and the bane of restaurateurs’ existence. The city uses traps that feed the rodents warfarin, which thins the blood, eventually leading to death. But it barely puts a dent in the varmints’ population. more

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The Back Story

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Kayla Bertagnolli

Dog Show Poop

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