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As the Wheels Turn – The Gate Keepers — Ring Stewards 101

Ring stewards are critical to the smooth functioning of any AKC dog show. Most are volunteers. None are well paid. The job includes everything from keeping the judge on time to keeping the exhibitors in line. It is the type of largely unnoticed effort that, when done well, is invisible. But, when done poorly, inevitably… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Being There for Our Pets—Part II

Last week, I noted that estate planning is really the process of planning for death and incapacity, and I suggested ways to provide for your pet in the event you were to become incapacitated or disabled (though, as we saw, a Power of Attorney could be equally useful if you abscond to Hawaii for an… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Perspective

I’m sitting in the passenger seat. Literally and figuratively, this is not a place I frequent. But this rare opportunity lets me see a whole new side of the road. At the moment, I have an excellent view of the nonexistent shoulder. We’re hurtling down the skinny little goat path known as Highway 140 winding… read more

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Good Dog: Balancing Act – Your Dog Needs a Job

Most evenings as we settle down to read or watch TV, Jim or I give Otis something to chew. She has many favorites from what I call the “carnage aisle” of the pet store, such as beef kneecaps, bully sticks, and marrowbones. But before Otis gets her nightly chew treat, I always have her perform… read more

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Nature vs. Nurture: Dog Breeds, Temperament and Training

Recently, an exasperated dog owner contacted me about her out-of-control, “aggressive” Labrador retriever. She was trying to understand why her 2-year-old dog actively challenges other dogs, men and children with growls, snaps and threatening postures. During our phone conversation she reminded me several times that “everyone knows” Labs are sweet and gentle creatures that love… read more

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BDC World Championships 2015

We are only a month away from the 2015 BDC World Championships which will be held at Muddy Creek Game Birds in Meriden, KS on October 20-24, 2015.  Registration will be on Tuesday, October 19 from 3-5:30 p.m.  Following registration, we will have a handler’s meeting for those competitors that begin tournament play on Wednesday…. read more

2,700 Dogs Compete at International Agility Festival

The Kennel Club International Agility Festival reached a record number of agility classes when 2,700 dogs competed against the world’s best at Rockingham Castle on Aug. 13-16. The Festival, supported by CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds, was open to all dogs and included a number of competitions such as the Championship classes, where dogs competed to… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Emergency Preparedness

Fire. Flood. Tornado. Hurricane. Earthquake. Car accident. Medical emergency. Anything can happen, has happened and could well happen again. When we have responsibility for the lives of the dogs in our care, this makes planning ahead a vital consideration. Out here on the West Coast, literally hundreds of thousands of acres are burning down around… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Handling FAQ — Problem Solving

Let’s face it. A good show dog is a very different creature than a couch potato dog. While the two are not mutually exclusive, a dog who is unsocialized outside his home, out of condition, unused to being groomed routinely, unfamiliar with the noise and commotion of a dog show etc has a long upward… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Someday We’ll Laugh About This…

I am a professional show dog handler. This is a job that is very time sensitive and physically demanding, so I hire dog show kids to help me out. Which effectively means that on any given weekend, I am personally responsible for the health and well-being of other people’s kids and dogs while traveling great… read more

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