Editor Susan Chaney introduces three unique activities designed for handlers who just want to have fun with their dogs. For the performance competitor whose dog has “been there” and “done that,” treibball, urban mushing and K9 Nose Work allow ample opportunity for self-motivated discovery. Learn about these unusual sports where the training is every bit as fun as the event.
More than 1,600 dogs were welcomed this summer at the Limburgse Kynologen Vereniging show held in the Belgian town of Genk. Contributing writer Karl Donvil reports on the event that attracted exhibitors from all over Europe, Scandinavia and Russia to compete under an international panel of judges. Meet the big dog that crossed the English Channel to capture Best in Show.
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The Irish Verdict – Best in Show Goes to the UK Newfoundland at Genk 2012
By Karl Donvil
Another successful show took place in July in Genk, Belgium, not far from Lommel in the province of Limburg.
The Limburgse Kynologen Vereniging show saw an increase in entries from 1,487 in 2011 to 1,636 this year. No one can seem to explain the jump in entries, as there was a specialty for the Ca de Bou, the Mallorcan Mastiff, both last year and this. Seeing 48 of this breed together is probably only possible at a World Show or a specialty such as this. Regardless, LKV Genk is getting famous for this, and I suppose more specialties will probably follow. more
Performance: Time for Something New?
By Susan Chaney
Agility, check. Obedience, check. Conformation, check.
Your knees can’t take those course dashes anymore. You’re ready for something that’s mostly just fun. Your performance dogs are aging and need an activity that’s a little less strenuous.
Treibball, urban mushing or K9 Nose Work might be just what you’re looking for. more