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What Not to Wear in the Dog Show Ring

July 30, 2012

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what not to wear to a dog show

 In my years at dog shows, I have seen some pretty terrible outfits. Really terrible outfits. Putting aside style and fit for now, I’ve outlined what I see as the worst things to wear in the ring. My belief is that we go into the ring as a representative of our dog. Thus, it is […]

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The 4 Most Common Training Mistakes

July 19, 2012

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According to dog trainer Joyce Gifford, every dog owner has bad habits. Here is her list of the top 4 offenders: 1. Calling a dog to you only to punish them, or do something they do not like. Never make your dog come to you to do its nails, put it in its crate, or […]

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Which Class Should I Enter My Dog In?

July 13, 2012

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A show dog waits in an ex pen after winning class

Showing your own dog in conformation classes can be intimidating, especially to new exhibitors. Hiring a handler is an easy way out of this predicament, but it takes away a lot of the dog show experience. If you have decided to show your dog, here’s a primer on picking the class entry that’s right for […]

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AKC Conformation Classes Explained

July 13, 2012

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Ibizan Hounds in the Show Ring

A lot of class descriptions and explanations of the AKC conformation classes are confusing at best, so here’s a (very) plain English version. (to see the official ones, click here) These descriptions are in the order that they are judged. Dogs (Male Canines) 6-9 month, 9-12 month, 12-18 month: Simple enough- dogs that are in […]

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Consider Lure Coursing

July 12, 2012

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Ridgeback coursing

Sighthounds were born to run! With long legs, arched loins, and keen eyesight, these dogs are perfectly engineered to handle high speeds and take down prey. In an effort to gauge the functionality of these dogs, the AKC instituted lure coursing events in the early 1990s. Coursing events test a dog’s willingness to chase and […]

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Title your Dog in Agility

July 12, 2012

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Dog reaching the top of an A Frame

Does your dog seem to defy gravity as he jumps from the dining room table to the counter? Ever seen your dog neurotically running the fence line?  Your dog needs an outlet, and you could probably stand to lose a pound or two. Agility might be a great option for both of you. You’ve probably […]

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What is Earthdog?

July 12, 2012

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Found it!

Tired of holes in the backyard, or dirt all over your Westie’s face? Get used to it. Terriers and teckels (Dachshunds) were bred to get down and dirty, going into all sorts of filthy holes and pulling out even filthier varmits. In the past, these dogs were indispensable in ridding human habitats of disease-ridden rodents. […]

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