AKC Adds New Entry-Level Agility Classes for Beginners

The AKC will now offer two new entry-level agility classes. These classes, Agility Course Test (ACT) 1 & 2 will allow beginners an easier entry into the sport. The classes will have shorter courses with basic obstacles specifically designed for beginners. ACT 1 & 2 will serve as the graduation exercise for training classes and… read more


KC Members Defy Their Committee – Again

SIMON Luxmoore’s first annual meeting as Kennel Club chairman may not have gone exactly as he would have liked. The special resolution put to members – seated in the auditorium in London’s Curzon Cinema – was rejected by a close shave, and the General Committee faced some feisty questioning from there on in.   And… read more


Social Media Spoilt by Nastiness

The power of the internet can be a force for good. Many of us have made new friends from all around the world through social media sites. We can share pedigrees and even dogs far more easily than we could previously. News of births – and deaths – can be passed on. Show results are… read more

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As The Wheels Turn – Rising Stars: The Future of Our Sport

I hear a lot of folks decrying the woeful state of our sport populated, as I have been repeatedly assured, by all-about-me Millennials who never learned to work and requiring a participation ribbon just for showing up. I’ve even been known to mutter on this topic myself. Thus, it was with a bit of trepidation… read more


New Jersey Committee to Consider Dog Bills on Thursday, May 19th

The New Jersey Assembly’s Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee will consider two dog-related bills on Thursday, May 19.  The American Kennel Club (AKC) encourages all dog owners in New Jersey to review the proposals and contact the members of the committee with any concerns you may have. Assembly Bill 308 seeks to prohibit those convicted… read more

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Colton, CA to Consider Mandatory Spay/Neuter – Tuesday, May 17 – OPPOSITION NEEDED!

Dear AKC Delegates, Club Officers, Breeders and Judges, Please pass this information on to your club members in the Colton, CA (Southern, CA) area. AKC Government Relations has just learned that the Colton City Council will consider an ordinance (p. 259-329) to require the sterilization of all dogs and cats within the city limits with… read more


Do Dogs Dream?

Whether or not dogs dream isn’t known with scientific certainty, but it sure is difficult to imagine that they don’t. We’ve all watched our dogs demonstrate behaviors in their sleep that resemble what they do in a fully awake state. Paddling legs, whining, growling, wagging tails, chomping jowls, and twitching noses inspire us to wonder… read more


American Kennel Club Launches “I Am A Breeder” Video Series

New York –   The American Kennel Club (AKC®) announced today the launch of the brand new “I Am a Breeder” video series.  The series is aimed at promoting responsible breeders and the love they have for their dogs to the general public. “Responsible dog breeders have a depth of knowledge and a level of… read more


FDA Provides Update on Jerky Pet Treat Investigation

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today updated its ongoing investigation into pet illnesses and deaths in animals that ate jerky pet treats. This update includes the latest information about complaints of illnesses, test findings, and measures taken by the agency to identify the cause of the illnesses and deaths. Reported cases have been on… read more

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Breeder Bulletin – Jennifer Kofron, Sun Devil Curlies

Jennifer Kofron, Sun Devil Curlies An interview with Jennifer Kofron. Jennifer talks about her success in the breed, how form to function is key, and her recent trip to Australia. Where are you located? We are located in Brighton, Wisconsin. A small, rural town in Western Kenosha County. What is your kennel’s slogan/motto/goal? I always… read more

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