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As the Wheels Turn – What is a breeder?

As I send off the last of a dozen GWP puppies, this weighs on my mind. A breeder is someone who spends hours and days and months and years planning a litter of puppies. This person doesn’t just breed what’s handy or the flavor of the month. This person has a long range plan that… read more

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Teaching the See-Saw with the TipAssist

Getting the Great See-Saw Performance You’ve Always Wanted! So many trainers! So many ideas! Where to start? As with pretty much any subjectand teaching the see-saw is no exceptionthere will be more than one opinion about ”the” way to approach the challenge. Your trainer’s favorite method will likely differ from that of your friend’s trainer…. read more

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Meet the 3 New Breeds Making Their 2017 Westminster Dog Show Debut

When the nation’s top show dogs make their way to New York City in a little more than one month for the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, presented by Purina® Pro Plan®, there will be a few new faces making their way into the coveted Madison Square Garden show ring. As they work their… read more

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Study Shows How a Dog’s Diet Shapes its Gut Microbiome

Studies of the gut microbiome have gone to the dogs—and pets around the world could benefit as a result. In a paper published this week in mBio, researchers from Nestle Purina PetCare Company report that the ratio of proteins and carbohydrates in a canine’s daily diet have a significant influence on the balance of microbes… read more

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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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