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If He Doesn’t Like it, Stop Doing it!

Here is an all too familiar scene: A puppy or young dog is being trained for the show ring and decides that he is not comfortable with a part of the exam. He goes to a handling class and resists having his bite examined. The well meaning, but not trained in behavior instructor advises that… read more

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Informational Update: New York Measures Seek to Regulate Dog Trainers

Proposals have been introduced in the New York Senate and the Nassau County Legislature that seek to license and regulate those who train dogs.  At this time, neither of these bills are scheduled for hearings, and the AKC Government Relations Department continues to closely monitor both proposals. New York Senate Bill 144: This bill would… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Just a dog handler?

Litter evaluator. Puppy kindergarten teacher. Teenager (human or canine) bootcamp drill sergeant. Handling instructor. Breeding plans advisor. Therapist. Veterinary assistant. Stud dog manager. These are just a few of the services handlers provide their clients, in addition to grooming, conditioning and traveling. Oh, yeah, and we run around the ring, too. For many of us,… read more

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Purina & Westminster Begin 10-Year Partnership

ST. LOUIS, Jan. 24, 2017. With the 141st Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show just weeks away, Purina and the Westminster Kennel Club begin a 10-year agreement making Purina Pro Plan the exclusive pet food sponsor of the world-famous dog show. A five-year sponsorship, from 2012 to 2016, preceded this. The partnership pairs the oldest continuously… read more

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Problem Solving Weaves – Part One

Weaves - Such a great obstacle, so many challenges! A different perspective. “My dog keeps missing the entries!” ”He keeps popping out after number 10!” “Why is he avoiding the weaves in trials when he does them perfectly well at home!” ”He seems to be slowing down in the weaves!” When done well, this obstacle… read more

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AKC Dog Show Patch Program: Successful Launch

The AKC Dog Show Patch Program successfully launched at the AKC National Championship in Orlando, Fl. this past December. Over 100 Girl Scouts from more than 25 different ​troops participated in the launch. The program went without a hitch and received lots of positive feedback from the scouts and troop leaders alike.  This educational program… read more

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Trust Restored Between KC and FCI Judges, Says Jeff Horswell

WHEN DOG WORLD reporter Simon Baillie interviewed all-rounder and Crufts 2017 best in show judge Jeff Horswell at LKA championship show the conversation soon turned to the future of dog show judging in the UK. Mr Horswell, who had been judging Mastiffs and Estrela Mountain Dogs on the day, was asked if dog shows were… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Winter Wonderland

Traveling to these first of the year shows can be a little dicey (heck, in some parts of the country questionable driving weather lasts until May!). Ya’ll down there in Brooksville, Fla., just be careful of the weather envy being directed your way. I can remember driving to the St. Paul, Minn. shows when I… read more

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AKC Government Relations 2016 Legislative Year in Review

2016 was a very busy year for AKC Government Relations (AKC GR) and for AKC state federations, clubs, legislative liaisons, and all who advocate on behalf of dogs and responsible dog ownership. The number of legislative proposals impacting dogs that AKC GR tracked in 2016 increase to more than 2,200, from a previous high of… read more

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Vets Need More Balanced View of Pedigree Dogs

Vets need more balanced and less critical view of pedigree dogs, says KC vet VETS should get more involved with the world of showing and breeding by working more closely with breed clubs and directly with breeders.   This is the view of Kennel Club veterinary advisor Nick Blayney who, speaking at the recent British… read more

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