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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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Male Dogs that Faint While Breeding?

September 1, 2012

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stud dog faints

Many dog breeders have heard of (or seen) a dog pass out during a tied breeding. Is this a normal occurrence, or a sign of a dangerous health condition? Under normal conditions, no dog should faint. Dogs that do faint often have severe underlying medical conditions, and should be taken to a veterinarian right away. […]

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Choosing a Stud Dog

August 23, 2012

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The Right Stud Dog

If you’re planning on breeding your bitch, you need to find some potential puppy daddies. If you are breeding to make the breed better, this process can be a bit daunting. This is a rough guide to my process in selecting a stud that will best complement my bitch. Goals Are you just going to […]

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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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Shaking hands at dog shows

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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Surgical AI Using Frozen Semen: Photo Essay

July 30, 2012

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Using syringe to draw up semen
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