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As the Wheels Turn – Dog Club Membership 101

Wait, what? Join an all-breed club? Attend a meeting? Help at the show? Seriously? Yes. Really. It’s something every participant in the fancy really should do. Anyone who is not now or has not been an active member of a show-giving club, either an all-breed club or a national or regional breed club, has not… read more

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Dog Show Superintendents Associations Response to AKC Proposal to Alter Closing Time to 11:59pm

To: AKC Dog Show Rules Committee and All Delegates From: The Dog Show Superintendents Association August 2016 – The Dog Show Superintendents Association is committed, like you, to creating a customer friendly environment for all clubs and exhibitors. We also share the mutual goal to grow our sport and work every day to assist in… read more

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Competitor Spotlight – Tina and Darryl Power

Last month, Tina and Darryl Power packed up their RV and Border Collies and trekked the 220 some miles from their home in New York to Geneva, Ohio for Title Mania. They competed with three of their dogs at the event – Loudon, Joliet and Rock. Thirteen-year-old Bristol spent the weekend with his human grandparents… read more

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Seizures: When the Brain Misfires

It was not the way to start a morning, brushing my teeth and hearing the scrambling of dog feet on the tile floor with my youngest son hollering “Mooooom” in a panicked voice. I went running out to the kitchen to see my 11-year-old dog, Peanut, having a generalized (grand mal) seizure, while my husband… read more

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APHIS Proposed Rule Makes Regulations Consistent with Animal Welfare Act

Today, the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) published proposed updates to its regulations to make them consistent with existing requirements under the federal Animal Welfare Act AWA). These rules do not represent a change in current USDA policy regarding licensing. The proposed updates (known as a “proposed rule”) reflect changes to the… read more

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EOD Warrior Foundation Seeks EOD Tech in Need of Assistance Dog

NICEVILLE, Florida – (August 1, 2016) – Many EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) technicians need assistance when they return home from combat. Those who suffer from conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) often find that service dogs bring relief, others who have physical injuries, including amputations, blindness, and many others, may find benefit in having a… read more

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AKC National Owner-Handled Series Finals Judging Panel Released

The American Kennel Club® (AKC®) is delighted to announce the judging panel for the 2016 AKC National Owner-Handled Series Finals (NOHS). The Finals will be held in December in Orlando, Florida as part of theAKC National Championship, hosted in partnership with Royal Canin. Breed and group judging will be held Friday, December 16th, with Best… read more

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Whittier, California Declared AKC Dog Friendly City

The California Federation of Dog Clubs presented the American Kennel Club’s Dog Friendly City Award to the Whittier Mayor and Council at the new Whittier Dog Park. From left to right: CFoDC Director Carol Raschella, CFoDC President Chuck Bridges, CFoDC Vice-President Judythe Coffman, CFoDC Director Connie Koehler, Councilman Fernando Dutra, Mayor Joe Vinatieri, AKC Sr…. read more

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GSDs Can No Longer be Stacked, says KC

GERMAN Shepherds must no longer be stacked in the ring and instead shown free standing on a loose lead only. This is one of the new set of rules imposed by the Kennel Club for the showing and judging of the breed. Yesterday it announced that it was taking strong moves to tackle the issues… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Dogs First, Always!

I so, so desperately wish our lead story on Monday was not about dead dogs due to an AC outage in a professional handler’s truck. Somebody asked me “how would you feel if it happened to you?” My reply was I have worked for 20+ years with one primary goal: to never find out. I… read more

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