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Keep Those Pearly Whites – and Your Dogs – Healthy

I know that you know that keeping our dogs’ teeth clean is as important to their health as anything we do for them. But I was at my veterinarian’s office this week and noticed the poster for “National Pet Dental Health Month,” and because I’ve recently learned a few new things about how dental disease… read more

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Breeder Buzzwords – The Pointer

By Dan Sayers Breeders of purebred dogs speak a language all their own. Wherever they gather, at dog shows, seminars or in chat rooms, words and phrases are used that have very narrow definitions. Their usage makes it difficult for a novice to fully participate in the conversation, and all but impossible for the general… read more

Christi McDonald

Biggest BIS Winner Tough to Call

Much to the dismay of those who have sought to verify the records of the all-time top winners in the AKC conformation world, there is not a central location in the dog sport where win records are compiled and stored from the earliest dog shows. Of course, the show records from the 1980s to the… read more

The Informed Breeder

The Informed Breeder: Semen Collection and Packaging for Chilled Semen Shipment

The Informed Breeder: Semen Collection and Packaging for Chilled Semen Shipment By Valeria Rickard, DVM The American Kennel Club allows breeders to perform their own collections for chilled semen shipments. However, AKC does not provide training or continuing education classes for breeders on how to do this properly, and unfortunately we have had many samples… read more

Training and Behavior – Surviving the Information Age

Pet owners today have access to massive amounts of infor-mation related to the training, health, everyday care and general management of their pets. There are more books, magazines and newsletters available than ever before – on every conceivable as-pect of pet ownership. Popular television shows feature charis-matic experts, and the market is full of video… read more

Becoming A Better Owner-Handler

In the conformation side of our sport, some people spend a lifetime handling their own dogs but never really progress past a fairly basic level. Others become very successful as owner handlers, often winning as much as or more than the typical professional handler. What makes the difference between the two extremes?    

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