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The American Kennel Club Launches New Trick Dog Titling Program

New York, N.Y. – The American Kennel Club is pleased to announce the launch of the AKC Trick Dog program. The program will include four levels allowing dogs with any amount of experience the ability to participate. Teaching their dog tricks is enjoyable for owners, mentally stimulating for their dogs and can take place at… read more

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A Profile of Jessica Brown and Her Dog Bug

Tell us about your dog. Where did he come from? Bug is an at least 10-years-old Chihuahua mix. I adopted him from Maricopa County Animal Care and Control during a big adoption event. He was the only Chi remaining in his kennel, and he was shaking. A volunteer was trying to console him when I… read more

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Peeling the Onion – Creatively Solving Show Ring Issues

This past year I changed the direction and focus of my dog training business to work strictly with show dogs. I love helping people shape their dogs into successful show ring competitors.  I offer a Conformation in the Park class which is not unlike a lot of handling classes where we basically run dogs through… read more

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Attacks That Doomed ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’ Portend Trouble for Pet Lovers

A recent decision by the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus to shutter “the Greatest Show on Earth” is a cautionary tale for responsible dog breeders and those who enjoy the love and companionship of purebred dogs. That’s because the same activists who attacked the circus over the last several years are taking aim… read more

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AKC Canine Health Foundation Awards First Research Grant Through the Comparative Brain Tumor Consortium with the National Cancer Institute

In September, 2015, a group of clinicians and investigators in the fields of veterinary and human neuro-oncology, clinical trials, neuropathology, and drug development came together at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. This meeting served as the inaugural event launching a new consortium, the Comparative Brain Tumor Consortium (CBTC) focused on improving the… read more

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A Dog’s Nose: The Next Tool in Detecting Cancer?

Imagine being able to give a sample of your saliva, urine — or even your breath — to get tested for cancer. Believe it or not, an early cancer detection test that’s non-invasive, inexpensive, and safe could soon be a reality. How would this be possible? Through the power of a dog’s nose. Research has… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – 7 Deadly Sins

It’s hard for me to believe it’s been three years since I first spoke to Kayla and Leah about writing a column for their then still new online newsletter. I’ve watched the publication grow and change and bring a great deal of benefit to the sport. I am proud to say I’m part of that… read more

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Ovary-Sparing Spay Surgery (OSS)

My last blog focused on the boys, specifically canine vasectomy, a surgical technique for sterilizing male dogs without removal of their reproductive organs (testicles). Now, it’s time to talk about the girls! The corollary surgery in female dogs is called ovary-sparing spay (OSS). What exactly is ovary-sparing spay surgery? The canine spay surgery traditionally performed… read more

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A Profile of Competitor Nancy Tetrick and Her Rescued Dog Siobhan (Bonnie)

My little dog Siobhan AKA Bonnie is a Border Collie, or BC mix, that came to me via an animal shelter and Border Collie Rescue of Northern California. She had been brought in to the pound by animal control because her people had been taken to jail. She was two or three years old at… read more

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Congratulations to the Breeder of the Year by Sport Winners

The AKC wishes to acknowledge those individuals that have excelled at breeding dogs that have proven to be outstanding in AKC sports. The commitment to preserve, protect and improve a breedrepresents the very essence of the AKC. The AKC Breeder of the Year by Sport Award is given to those who have dedicated themselves to… read more

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