Posts with tag Deb Eldredge

Show Dogs Dual Lives – Giving Back Part 1

Being a therapy dog is a perfect second career for many of our show dogs. In fact, many show dogs are naturals for this kind of work. Your average show dog has just about seen it all, heard it all and done it all. He has walked on slippery cement floors, shiny linoleum and carpet… read more

A Belgian Tervuren pup is introduced to tracking. Photo by Tom Eldredge.

Crosstraining Your Show Puppy: Part III

In addition to obedience and agility, you might also want to consider introducing your show prospect to tracking. A big problem that many exhibitors fuss over with their dogs is sniffing in the ring. This is generally more of an issue outdoors. Even a mature, experienced show dog may try to sniff out the huge… read more


Crosstraining Your Show Puppy: Part II

After obedience, the next dog sport to introduce your show puppy to is agility. No, I’m not talking weave poles or jumping – that’s too much stress for your growing puppy’s joints! However, many exercises that agility exhibitors use can help your pup in the show ring. You do not need to aim for a… read more


Crosstraining Your Show Puppy:Part I

Photographs by Tom Eldredge Just the thought of training a puppy for the show and obedience rings simultaneously probably makes some of you cringe. You’re likely thinking, “But then my puppy will sit in the ring!” A dog who knows the obedience commands for stand, sit and down can simply be told to stand. In… read more