Tag Archives: AKC

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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Beware of Popular Sires!

July 26, 2012

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One popular stud dog can create tons of pups!

Once again, the “popular sire” effect is proving to be a disservice to the health of a breed. A study done in France followed 10 different dog breeds and their genetic diseases and prevalence. The goal of the study was to evaluate the risk of disseminating genetic diseases when using line breeding, close breeding, and […]

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Simple Ways to Reduce Your Dog’s Intake of Noxious Chemicals

July 24, 2012

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Irish Wolfhounds are more prone to bone cancer than other breeds

Make sure lawn additives are pet- friendly: According to a 2004 Purdue University Study, dogs exposed to the chemical “2, 4-D” were 4 to 7 times more likely to develop bladder cancers! Georgia’s Legacy, an organization devoted to spreading information about canine cancers  says that lawn chemicals were also found to dramatically increase the risk […]

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Why you need to oppose Breed-Specific Legislation

July 19, 2012

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Breed Specific Legislation Bans Pit bulls, like this puppy

Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) is in the news once again due to the deplorable euthanization of Lennox, a supposedly “dangerous” pitbull mix in Northern  Ireland. But Northern Ireland is not the only place that allows the extermination of unwanted breeds of dogs. In fact, 11 US States have breed-specific legislation on the books. This year […]

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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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Baby Puppy Leash Breaking

July 12, 2012

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Following the puppy

Long before puppies are sent to their forever homes, you can give them a great start by laying the foundations of leash breaking. As babies, make sure puppies have collars on to identify them. This ensures that they are comfortable wearing a collar, and helps prepare them for “real life.” At a week or two […]

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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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