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Feeding Your Show Dog

August 19, 2014

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All dogs, like people, are different. Some will be very picky eaters, and keep themselves skinny as a rail. Others love to eat, and cannot be trusted around any food-like substances. With that in mind, we (Absolut Dogs) feed a highly “personalized” diet. We start all dogs’ meals with a well-balanced kibble, tailored to that […]

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AKC: Altered Dog Classes at Conformation Shows

May 23, 2013

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The AKC doesn’t offer “Altered Dog” classes at its conformation shows. According to the AKC site, “Spayed or neutered dogs are not eligible to compete in conformation classes at a dog show, because the purpose of a dog show is to evaluate breeding stock.” I think that if the objective is to evaluate breeding stock, […]

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5 People That Make Dog Shows Suck

January 30, 2013

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I love dog shows, for many reasons. I love spending time with my mom and my dogs, meeting other dog crazy people, and I truly do enjoy showing. That being said, dog shows can totally suck. For me at least, it’s never the show site or even the judges that screw up the joy of […]

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Amit Eshel’s Dog Art Jewelry

October 23, 2012

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Dog art, and jewelry have a very special place in my heart. I love seeing so many people at dog shows wearing gorgeous tiny representations of their breed in gold or silver. The problem is that many of the breeds available from jewelers are really ugly depictions of the breeds we love. (Don’t even tell […]

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Cavaletti Training… For Show Dogs!

October 13, 2012

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I have done Cavaletti training with my dogs, and I am a big fan. Basically, it’s walking and trotting your dog over poles. Naturally, there’s a lot more to it, so I’ll let an expert explain it. I’ve edited this article, courtesy of Ed & Pat Gilberts’ K-9 Seminars. (Copyright 2012) Background info on Cavaletti […]

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Beginner’s Guide to Ring Stewarding

August 8, 2012

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This is the steward's book

I love stewarding in the show ring! It is fun to see everything from the judge’s view, and I often have a great time chatting with them. They are so knowledgeable, and ALL of them have hilarious and horrific dog show stories. Most clubs will work around your dog’s ring time, and give you plenty […]

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Sportsmanship and the Dog Show Ring

August 7, 2012

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The AKC has a code of sportsmanship, written in an effort to outline the “fundamentals of our sport.” It really angers me to see so many people in all breeds disregard parts of this code. It is high time that we all re-connect with these values. Please take the time to read through the code, […]

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Must-Have Items for Dog Show Grooming

August 3, 2012

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Dog Show grooming tools- spray bottle

5 Basic Must-Haves: Squirt Bottles: One for water to cool off your dog, and others for coat products. Vitamin E oil: Put a drop on your dog’s nose about an hour before you go into the ring, and his nose will look bright and clean Round-tip scissors: Use these to trim around the paw pads- […]

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