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As the Wheels Turn – Us vs Them and Words of Wisdom from Mother Goose

The Owner Handler versus Professional Handler conflict is a relatively recent phenomenon in our sport. It’s not something that was even an issue that came up 35 years ago when I was a kid, an “owner handler” and just getting started. I know I’ve addressed this topic in a number of ways and on a… read more

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Barking with the stars!

Best In Show Daily’s Leah Bertagnolli sat down with David Frei to talk about the great success of Thanksgiving’s National Dog Show presented by Purina, and NBC / USA Network’s plans to extend the formula to a new venture, the Beverly Hills Dog Show presented by Purina next Easter. BISD:  Wow, great ratings story, huge… read more

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NJ Bill Impacting Responsible Practices for Dog Shows and Travelling to be Considered Mon 12/12

New Jersey Senate Bill 1013 will be considered by the Senate Economic Growth Committee on Monday, December 12, 2016. As originally introduced, this measure contained numerous prohibitions on the crating, confinement, transportation and keeping of dogs that would have arbitrarily and unnecessarily banned standard, humane temporary care practices utilized at dog shows and events. AKC… read more

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AKC Introduces Junior Showcase Events

The AKC is pleased to announce the launch of Junior Showcase events meant to promote and increase youth participation in the sports of agility, obedience and rally. “Junior Showcase events provide clubs the option to limit entries to junior handlers only and to tailor the events to their interests. Our experience with junior events has shown… read more

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AKC Pet Disaster Relief Trailers Deployed to Assist People and Pets in Tennessee

Due to the firestorm that has broken out overnight in Eastern Tennessee, there are currently AKC Pet Disaster Relief Trailers deployed with volunteers helping to provide safety for pets in this chaotic time. Sheltering is available at the LeConte Event Center in Pigeon Forge located at 2986 Teaster Lane. Neighboring Bradley County Emergency Management is… read more

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Forrest & Charlotte Lucas to Receive AKC Outstanding Leadership Award

The American Kennel Club (AKC) will honor Forrest and Charlotte Lucas with the inaugural AKC Award for Outstanding Leadership in Canine Policy. The award will be presented at the 2016 AKC National Championship Dog Show presented by Royal Canin in Orlando, Florida, December 17-18, 2016. The new AKC award is designed to honor those who… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Jody’s Juniors, Part 1

Pomona, Calif. Mission Circuit in May. Jody Davidson has a half-dozen boys and girls, ranging from 8 to 16, gathered around her in a semi-circle. All of 5-feet tall, she is waving her arms and talking with great animation. She is praising, correcting, grooming and organizing these young people and they are *rapt* as they… read more

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Medical Questions to Ask a Prospective Pet Sitter

If you’re like me, the most stressful part of preparing to go out of town is feeling reassured that the animals left behind will be well cared for. I prefer to have my menagerie cared for in their own surroundings by a professional pet sitter, or at the pet sitter’s home (emphasis here on “home”… read more

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A Gift for You from Dr. Nancy Kay D.V.M.

I am sitting at the keyboard, thinking about the Holidays and the many things for which I am grateful. It just so happens that our relationship (yep, the one between you and me) is on my gratitude list! Your ongoing readership feeds my love of writing, and, for this, I am truly appreciative. My gift to… read more

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Family Fights – Aggression Between Pack Members

Chances are, you live in a multi-dog household. Pack dynamics can change for various reasons — age, health, injury and maturity. Managing the dynamics within the pack is an on-going process but there will still be times when one dog pushes another member of the pack too far and an argument breaks out. If you’re… read more

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