KC Told, ‘Lighten Up’ or Risk GSD Clubs Closing

ANY GERMAN Shepherd who shows signs of stress should be dismissed from the ring, the Kennel Club has ruled – but it’s the show managers who are really under stress, according to the breed council secretary. The instruction to dismiss dogs showing stress  is included in a new film emphasising judges’ ‘responsibilities to the health… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Just a dog handler?

Litter evaluator. Puppy kindergarten teacher. Teenager (human or canine) bootcamp drill sergeant. Handling instructor. Breeding plans advisor. Therapist. Veterinary assistant. Stud dog manager. These are just a few of the services handlers provide their clients, in addition to grooming, conditioning and traveling. Oh, yeah, and we run around the ring, too. For many of us,… read more


The Small Dog Mafia (part 1)

In Part One on this article, we introduce the “Small Dog Mafia” from Northern California. Go to the USDAA Top 10 Standings for Gamblers in a given year (or better yet, Lifetime) and you will likely see several of the same names: Lisa White, Gail Mahood, Laura Hartwick, Arlene Watson, Deborah Ogg, gracing the C12/14/16… read more

AKC Judge Opens Owner Handling Mentoring Program

DOG SHOW MENTOR FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 24, 2016 Lee Whittier, Founder DogShowMentor@gmail.com 802.369.0380   PRESS RELEASE AKC judge opens owner-handler mentoring program October 30, 2016 Vancouver, WA – Many dog world insiders are lamenting the sad state of American Kennel Club dog shows, and while Judge Lee Whittier recognizes the issues, she also rejoices… read more


TSA Seeking Forever Homes for Bomb Sniffing Dogs

You’re not supposed to pet the dogs you see working at airports around the country, but in your own home, the rules no longer apply. TheTransportation Security Administration is seeking homes for its retired dogs, who have spent their lives working to keep air travel safe in the United States. Also in need of new… read more


Westminster Photo Gallery Tues Feb 16th

Welcome to our photo  gallery for Westminster Kennel Club Day 2  We’ll continue to update this throughout the day and during Groups and Best in Show. Click here for monday’s Gallery Click here for Tuesday’s Gallery


Westminster Photo Gallery – Agility and Monday

Welcome to our WKC photo Gallery for Agility and Mondays show.   We’ll continue to update this throughout the day. Click here for Gallery

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The Future of Canine Sport: Junior Handlers

For baseball, it’s Little League. For gymnastics, it’s tumbling class. For football, pee-wees. Athletes in all sports don’t just make it to the big leagues right away. They have to start somewhere. The same goes for dog shows, and that’s where Junior Showmanship comes in. Aspiring handlers ages 9 to 18 compete in the Junior Showmanship… read more

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2016 National Championship Judging Panel Now Available

The American Kennel Club® (AKC®) and Royal Canin are pleased to announce the judging panel for the 2016 National Championship to be held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida on Saturday, December 17 and Sunday, December 18, 2016. The 2016 event will showcase the top national and international dogs and will also… read more


Utah Seeks to Define “Commercial Breeder” as Anyone with Six Dogs

Utah House Bill 132 will define a commercial breeder as “a person who for a fee or other consideration; maintains in a kennel at any time six or more dogs for breeding or six or more cats for breeding and sells, leases, trades, barters, auctions, or provides to another person the offspring of those dogs or cats… read more

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