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Dog Breeders Should Be More Gay

The dog world lost a dear friend and one of its most passionate fighters today. A frequent contributor to BISD, Jay Kitchener was a giant among us. His tireless efforts on behalf of his passion and ours, particularly in his home state of Maine, were unparalleled. His work on social media was a thing of beauty, taking on… read more

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Drugs Anyone?

Accusations sometimes fly at dog events. “Clearly THAT dog was drugged!” Before you make such an accusation, think about other possibilities. Yes, that dog is much calmer than the last time you saw it. Could it be maturity? A new handler who has stricter guidelines for behavior? Maybe the dog did a 3 mile run… read more

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American Kennel Club Honors GA Senator Bill Heath with Legislator of the Year Award

Atlanta, GA – The American Kennel Club (AKC) honored Georgia Senator Bill Heath with the AKC Legislator of the Year Award on January 12, 2017 in recognition of his dedication to protecting the wellbeing of dogs and the rights of responsible dog owners and sportsmen. The AKC Legislator of the Year award honors legislators who demonstrate… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – What is a breeder?

As I send off the last of a dozen GWP puppies, this weighs on my mind. A breeder is someone who spends hours and days and months and years planning a litter of puppies. This person doesn’t just breed what’s handy or the flavor of the month. This person has a long range plan that… read more

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Lymphoma’s Newest Enemy

For the first time in a very long time, a new drug has been approved for dogs with lymphoma. The drug is called Tanovea-CA1 and it is produced by VetDC Inc., a startup company associated with Colorado State University. Earlier this month, Tanovea-CA1 received conditional approval from the Food and Drug Administration for treatment of… read more

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Teaching the See-Saw with the TipAssist

Getting the Great See-Saw Performance You’ve Always Wanted! So many trainers! So many ideas! Where to start? As with pretty much any subjectand teaching the see-saw is no exceptionthere will be more than one opinion about ”the” way to approach the challenge. Your trainer’s favorite method will likely differ from that of your friend’s trainer…. read more

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Meet the 3 New Breeds Making Their 2017 Westminster Dog Show Debut

When the nation’s top show dogs make their way to New York City in a little more than one month for the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, presented by Purina® Pro Plan®, there will be a few new faces making their way into the coveted Madison Square Garden show ring. As they work their… read more

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Study Shows How a Dog’s Diet Shapes its Gut Microbiome

Studies of the gut microbiome have gone to the dogs—and pets around the world could benefit as a result. In a paper published this week in mBio, researchers from Nestle Purina PetCare Company report that the ratio of proteins and carbohydrates in a canine’s daily diet have a significant influence on the balance of microbes… read more

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NJ Alert: Bills Impacting Consumer Protections to be Heard Monday, Jan 30th – Take Action Now!

New Jersey Assembly Bill 2338 and Senate Bill 63, which seek to amend the state’s Pet Purchase Protection Act with many confusing provisions, to significantly restrict the ability of pet owners to obtain a puppy of their choice, and to significantly limit some hobby breeders, are scheduled to be considered by the Assembly Appropriations Committee… read more

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If He Doesn’t Like it, Stop Doing it!

Here is an all too familiar scene: A puppy or young dog is being trained for the show ring and decides that he is not comfortable with a part of the exam. He goes to a handling class and resists having his bite examined. The well meaning, but not trained in behavior instructor advises that… read more

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