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Expert Advice: Dog Breeding Holiday Cards: A Great Way to Touch Base with Owners
Many breeders design holiday cards and send them out digitally or via “snail mail” to puppy buyers, friends, and family. Holidays are a great time to get in touch with your puppy owners and thank them for giving wonderful homes to your special pups. We thank these breeders for sharing their cards and hope they […] | December 10, 2018
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Expert Advice: Advanced Training Teach Your Dog to High Five in a Few Easy Steps
Next time your dog does something great, celebrate with a high five! It's easy and fun to teach your canine companion this cute trick. Choose a quiet, distraction-free area for training and have an ample supply of small and soft, yet still yummy, treats. Examples of “high-value” treats for dogs include chopped up hot dogs […] | April 19, 2018
Expert Advice: News Dogs in Demand for Explosives Detection Work in U.S.
Breeders have a lot to observe when they have a new litter: health, structure, and temperament. And Labrador Retriever breeder Debby Kay keeps close tabs on another factor she considers crucial — how the pups use their noses. Kay has been a pioneer in scent-detection work for more than 40 years. Many of her Chilbrook […] | April 13, 2018
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Expert Advice: Breeding Tips & Best Practices Breeder Profile: Jean Nagle of Jangle Havanese
Jean Nagle, of Jangle Havanese, has lived in the Fort Myers area of Florida since 2005. Her first breed was the Australian Shepherd, and she showed them for many years. While raising her family, she took a break from dog showing, but when her children were grown, she was ready to come back to it. […] | October 5, 2017
Expert Advice: Feature What Does Responsible Dog Ownership Mean? — Trainer Edition
  I smelled the stench before I saw her, sort of like a landfill on a 92-degree day. A mottled gray and once-white shaggy blur ran down the hall into my arms, and I was in love, no matter what my nose told me. This cuter-than-a-teddy-bear puppy had darted into my boyfriend’s office when he […] | September 18, 2017
Expert Advice: Sports ​The Nose Knows: Put Your Dog’s Amazing Sense of Smell to Work in a New AKC Sport
A high school stadium, three sets of bleachers, and one Q-tip dipped in the scent of birch. Finding that tiny swab, planted somewhere in the arena, seemed an impossible task to Suzanne LeRoy, as she and her Border Collie, Rain, faced their first nose work competition. “It was a huge area to search,” the California […] | August 11, 2017
Expert Advice: Health Testing Early Detection of Bladder Cancer Possible With New Screening Tool
  A phone call from a puppy buyer delivered news to Darlene Stewart that no breeder wants to receive. Their beloved family pet had been ill. The Beagle male was having recurring urinary tract infections that did not respond to antibiotics. Stewart’s thoughts immediately went to the dog’s grandmother that she had lost to bladder […] | July 5, 2017
Expert Advice: Feature Lab’s Paintings Raise Funds for Animals in Need
  Long before Dagger entered the world, his life had been planned. The Labrador Retriever was born at the Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) headquarters in California, the son of a carefully selected dam and sire, screened for excellent temperament and health. At 8 weeks, he headed to the East Coast to spend his first […] | June 28, 2017
Expert Advice: Breeding Tips & Best Practices Meet the Participants of the New AKC Trick Dog​ Title
Chesapeake Bay Retriever Sienna Bay Watermark Dirk DM DS TKN TKI CGC, shows off one of his tricks that helped earn him the new AKC Intermediate Trick Dog title. Eleven-year-old Kya has had an impressive career that includes a conformation championship and rally titles. Being a veteran has limited some of her activities, but that […] | June 6, 2017
Expert Advice: Breeding Tips & Best Practices Puppy Socialization Starts with the Breeder — The Crucial Third Week
Socializing puppies has traditionally been considered the responsibility of the new owner. We instruct them to take the puppy to classes and make sure they are exposed to a variety of people and situations. But more research shows that encouraging a stable temperament can start even before puppies are born. Breeders can do a lot […] | April 11, 2017

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