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The Law of Attraction

The law of attraction says that you attract into your life whatever you think about. Whether the result is positive or negative, your dominant thoughts always find a way to manifest.

Now, just to clarify, I’m not talking about being attracted to people, although that same rule may apply. I’m talking about dogs! What else would you think?

I hear it time and time again in conversations with fellow dog fanciers. “Well, I’m a head person,” or “I’m all about movement and side gate.” Isn’t that exactly the truth? Every single person in the dog world, from judges and handlers to breeders and owners, tends to find his or her niche, that safe zone, and yes, essentially what they are attracted to.

As dog fanciers we have to accept that every person has the right to fall into this behavior.

The law of attraction affects everyone. Photo © Willieecole/Dreamstime.

Naturally we like what we already know. Everyone does, don’t they? It’s a little something I like to call the look-alike effect, simply meaning we like new things, people and dogs that are like the things, people and dogs we already know and like.

When we meet a new dog for the first time, we automatically scan the dog to see if it reminds us of a dog we’ve had a relationship with. I know I do this all of the time, and you probably do too. When I meet a new dog – especially in my own breed, and if it is at all similar to my own dogs, I will say, “Wow, he looks just like so and so,” or “His personality is just like my dog.” It’s so natural that most of the time I don’t even realize I’m doing it.

Now on the other hand, there is always the judge who will take you by surprise and go with something totally unexpected. Is this because of the law of attraction? In the end, I would say yes, because the smallest things can make the biggest difference in the ring. When it comes to impressing a judge, it’s all about putting the right person with the right dog, plus things like making sure every single hair is in the right place are important. Without these little things, the attraction might be lost.

Personally, I try to remember that it’s OK to like something that I’m not ordinarily drawn to as long as it’s still correct.

The look-alike effect plays a big role in our dog world. Whether it’s something particular that a judge likes or something that a breeder leans toward in his or her breeding program, we’re all influenced by our personal preferences and the law of attraction.

P.S. Dogs Freakin’ Rule

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Kayla Bertagnolli is a 23-year-old from Ogden, UT, who's been involved in the dog show world her whole life. A former junior handler who learned about breeding Beagles from her mother Leah, she assisted several professional handlers and is currently working to become a Junior Showmanship judge. Kayla is passionate about photography and writes the twice-weekly blog, DFR. She plans to continue breeding and showing, and expects to stay involved in dogs "for life!"