As we all know, there are height or weight disqualifications in many breed standards as well as some class restrictions in several breeds. Only those breeds may be measured or weighed in the ring. Breed standards guide judges in their subjective evaluations, but when there is a height or weight disqualification, that subjectivity is taken… read more

AKC Reaches Out to New Registrants to Market the Sport 

Recently, a new bundle of Norwegian Elkhound joy named Adele joined our household. It had been years since prepping a puppy for shows was on our calendar. Dutifully, we went to work looking for matches between the loss of sleep, housebreaking havoc and learning to live according to a new puppy’s schedule. The first match… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Handling Tips FAQ — Moving With Your Dog

From a reader: “I have mostly shown my own dogs and do okay with it. …. Recently I have been unable to show my dogs because of knee problems… I have a three part question. (First) Do you have tips on running gracefully? Second, can you gait a dog properly even if you yourself are… read more


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

Road Trip Reviews #1 All Systems Delivers Quality and Consistent Products

This week, we are introducing a new contributor and fresh new column Road Trip Reviews. Thea Martin Robinson will be writing product reviews that are truly road tested in her real-world life of assisting and showing dogs. Her first column was created while logging over 3685 miles with two Malamute specialties, one Spinoni Specialty, and… read more

Clicker Training: Better, Faster, More

My favorite dog training story of recent vintage concerns three shelter dogs being taught to drive a car. That’s right, the New Zealand SPCA undertook canine drivers ed to demonstrate that rescue dogs are smart, trainable and indubitably adoptable. Heck, if a dog can learn to drive a car, any trick is possible, including fetching… read more

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


We're In a New York Frame of Mind!

While The Krew is not heading to the Garden this year, they did want to share some of their fav products for their followers. From yummy dog treats to luggage to travel clocks to tired feet to fancy socks, there’s a thoughtful recommendation for you. As with all their recommendations, The Krew only endorses products… read more


Nose Work and Nosework

A well-muscled Malinois strains against his collar, nose reaching and twitching to catch any trace of odor. His whole body quivers with excitement and anticipation as he maintains his position behind the doorway’s threshold. Finally, his handler commands, “Zoek!” He shoots through the door, sniffs a perimeter pattern around the edge of the room, bounces… read more


Exhibitors and their dogs in crisis due to high flood waters

A RHODESIAN Ridgeback breeder and exhibitor is one of the many people stricken by the unprecedented flooding of the Somerset Levels. Janet Nolan, her husband and ten dogs have been marooned for six weeks in their bungalow, surrounded by water. The only way out is to walk to the River Parrett and cross it by… read more

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