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As the Wheels Turn – 12-Steps to a Happier You

I once read a line that has stayed with me for years. Essentially, it said, “The man who can focus his entire attention on one single problem for just 20 minutes can rule the world.” In our hectic, over-scheduled, under-funded, hyper-stimulated world, this is, indeed, a very difficult challenge. Especially so in the dog world,… read more

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New Years Resolutions for a Healthier Dog: A Month-By-Month Guide

With the New Year rapidly approaching, now is the perfect time to begin thinking about New Year’s Resolutions. This year, how about getting your dogs in on the act? Resolve to make their lives happier and healthier with assistance from the month-by-month guide below. Have a look and feel free to revise according to what… read more

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A New Years Resolution – Planning For Your Dogs

According to author Rennie Chamberlain, what your pet wants most is to be with you. At least that is true of her dog, so she created Your Pet Portfolio, a way to make your pet feel like you are there, even while it is in the care of others. Inside Your Pet Portfolio is a… read more

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AKC Announces Breeder of The Year By Sport

New York, N.Y.-The American Kennel Club, the leading advocate for dogs, wishes to acknowledge those individuals that have excelled at breeding dogs that have proven to be outstanding in AKC sports.  The commitment to preserve, protect and improve a breed represents the very essence of the AKC. The AKC Breeder of the Year by Sport… read more

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Dog Show Superintendents Association Holds Annual Meeting

(GREENSBORO, NC…) The Dog Show Superintendent’s Association (DSSA) annual meeting was held December 5, 2016 in Key West, FL. The following members were present: President Bob Christiansen, Dorie Crowe (MB-F Dog Shows); Secretary-Treasurer, Becky Sumner, Sheila Raymond (BaRay Event Services); Tyler Brudi (Roy Jones Dog Shows); Tim James, (Onofrio Dog Shows), and Ed Smizer (Rau… read more

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Breeze Thru Agility Class Sports Olympic Gold!

A story of two teams – an Agility class and an Olympic rowing team. It’s not often that one gets to feel an Olympic Gold medal in their hand, all .8 pounds of it. Let alone hang it around their dog’s neck and best of all experience an actual connection to the Olympic athlete and… read more

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The Boerboel

Historically the Boerboel was developed as a general farm dog for the pioneers who began settling in South Africa in the 17th Century.  These dogs were often the first line of defense against predators.  Many old farmers told tales of the strength, agility and courage of the Boerboel.  The dangers and harsh environment allowed only… read more

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Big Dogs Don’t Require a Heavier Hand

There is a common misconception that positive reinforcement training is appropriate only for some dogs, you know small dogs or soft dogs but that other dogs require the use of force. I hear people say that all dogs are different and that “no single method works for all dogs”, but the fact is that the… read more

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Alan Kalter and Dr. Chris Lezotte Named 2016 AKC Breeders of the Year

Alan Kalter and Dr. Chris Lezotte were presented with the 2016 AKC Breeder of the Year award for their HappyLegs Bullmastiffs at the AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin on Saturday, December 17, 2016. The annual award honors those breeders who have made an impact on their breed and dedicated their lives to improving… read more

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Service Dogs of Virginia Celebrates Largest Graduating Class of 11 Dogs

Service Dogs of Virginia celebrated the graduation of 11 service dogs on Sunday, the largest graduating class since the organization’s founding in 2000. The organization trains three types of service dogs: physical assistance dogs, autism dogs, and diabetic alert dogs. The graduating ceremony for the Class of 2016 was held at Walker Upper Elementary School,… read more

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