Dogs & People

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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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As the Wheels Turn – Coming Home and the Puppy’s 12 Days of Christmas

“Crossing the Douglas County line on I-5 southbound in southern Oregon… for 30 years has meant coming home for the holidays. And for most of those years I have done just that. Whether I was going home to my parent’s house from college, my grandmother’s house, my father’s house or even, now, my house, one… read more

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Holiday Gluttony

This week marks the start of that magical time of year — full of bright hopes and dashed expectations. To help maintain your holiday glow, I want to share some of the holiday hazards that can cause you unneeded stress and trips to the veterinary emergency room. After all, there’s just no fun in the… 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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As the Wheels Turn – Us vs Them and Words of Wisdom from Mother Goose

The Owner Handler versus Professional Handler conflict is a relatively recent phenomenon in our sport. It’s not something that was even an issue that came up 35 years ago when I was a kid, an “owner handler” and just getting started. I know I’ve addressed this topic in a number of ways and on a… read more

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PureDogTalk Product Launch

Those long drives to dog events now have a new entertainment option. A brand new podcast by and for purebred dog fanciers debuted this month. PureDogTalk is designed to answer some of the pressing challenges of the 21st century purebred dog exhibitor. A podcast, much like old time radio shows, is a continuing series available… read more

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If You Want to be A veterinarian, You Better Like People!

My advice to anyone aspiring to be a veterinarian? Get used to talking to people. Pursuing a career in veterinary medicine is tough. Just considering the process of applying to veterinary school is daunting. There are numerous standardized tests, the need for superior letters of recommendation, and the stress associated with composing the perfect personal… read more

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AKC Introduces Junior Showcase Events

The AKC is pleased to announce the launch of Junior Showcase events meant to promote and increase youth participation in the sports of agility, obedience and rally. “Junior Showcase events provide clubs the option to limit entries to junior handlers only and to tailor the events to their interests. Our experience with junior events has shown… read more

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Forrest & Charlotte Lucas to Receive AKC Outstanding Leadership Award

The American Kennel Club (AKC) will honor Forrest and Charlotte Lucas with the inaugural AKC Award for Outstanding Leadership in Canine Policy. The award will be presented at the 2016 AKC National Championship Dog Show presented by Royal Canin in Orlando, Florida, December 17-18, 2016. The new AKC award is designed to honor those who… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Jody’s Juniors, Part 1

Pomona, Calif. Mission Circuit in May. Jody Davidson has a half-dozen boys and girls, ranging from 8 to 16, gathered around her in a semi-circle. All of 5-feet tall, she is waving her arms and talking with great animation. She is praising, correcting, grooming and organizing these young people and they are *rapt* as they… read more

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