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AKC ‘Extravaganza’ Looks To Be Just That

The American Kennel Club deemed its new performance event, slated to kick off in March 2013, an “extravaganza.” Because it will feature a trio of competitions, one in its inaugural year, plus other attractions, the grandiose word may not be an overstatement. Exhibitors and visitors to Tulsa, Okla., can choose from agility, obedience or the… read more

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Newfoundlands Take to Rescue Like Fish to Water

Photos by Glenn Lesher/Colonial Newfoundland Club Some dogs jump, tunnel or track another animals’ scent during performance trials. Others rescue people. Dogs like Beacon, Buoy and Sonar do anyway. They belong to Christie Smith, a landscaper who lives in Manakin, Va., and competes with her three dogs in Newfoundland Club of America water rescue trials…. read more

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Canine Partners Program Sees 30,000 Entries in Two Years

Thousands of dogs of mixed-breed or unknown pedigree have entered American Kennel Club agility, obedience, rally and coursing ability events more than 30,000 times in the last two years as members of the Canine Partners program. Spayed or neutered mixed-breed dogs, purebred dogs that can’t be registered with the AKC or in its Foundation Stock… read more

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UKC Hunting Programs Run Gamut from Birding to Treeing

The United Kennel Club has sponsored hunting trials almost since its inception in 1898, often in conjunction with hunting clubs. Of the more than 15,000 UKC-licensed events that take place each year, more than 60 percent test dogs’ hunting abilities, training and instinct. The registry’s hunting programs feature separate trials for Beagles, Coonhounds, Curs and… read more

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A Perfect Match – Puppies and New Exhibitors

When I began showing my first dog, I would take her to handling classes at my local all-breed club. Every Thursday night, about a dozen owners would gather to work on our presentation skills while giving our puppies time to socialize with people and other dogs. Class, held in a church auditorium, was organized much… read more

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Rally – The Other Obedience

AKC rally, a variation on traditional obedience, is designed to be a bit more fun and a bit less strenuous, and to serve as a link from the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen program to obedience and agility competition. Rally for Fun Sometimes called “rally obedience,” this sport requires you and your dog to… read more

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