Showing content tagged with: conformation

Expert Advice: Basic Training One Word That Will Make You a Great Dog Trainer
Freddy, the Bichon Frise, was in fine form that Saturday at his weekly agility class, flying over jumps, king of the mountain on the A frame, and fearlessly diving into tunnels. It was all cause for celebration, but you wouldn’t have known that from the look of his owner. She moved grimly, silently, except to […] | May 14, 2015
Expert Advice: Events Bernese Mountain Dog 40th National Specialty
Celebrating the breed’s 40th-anniversary national specialty was something I never dreamed possible when I sat on the bench with my entry at the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America’s first national specialty on March 13, 1976, at the Harrisburg Kennel Club’s benched show at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Building. The catalog cover boasted the event […] | May 12, 2015
Expert Advice: Events What’s “Special” About Specialties?
Whether you’re a prospective owner researching a breed or an experienced breeder, handler, or judge involved in that breed for decades, there is no better place to learn than the breed's national specialty show -- or, simply, "the national." Usually held annually by the breed’s national parent club, the national is more than just a […] | May 11, 2015
Expert Advice: Training for Dog Sports Proofing Goofs
It was a fiery tower of flame. Or so it must have appeared to the English Springer Spaniel whose body language made it crystal clear he was having no parts of this frightening sight. The incident took place many years ago at Canada’s prestigious “Show of Shows,” an annual event that pits the previous year’s […] | May 4, 2015
Expert Advice: Responsible Breeding Responsible Breeding – The Evolution of Breeds
There are times when it makes sense for a breeder to stamp more than just a "thumbprint" of influence on a breed. Dogs are generally thought to have descended from wolves. Kim Campbell Thornton's recent article "Looking Back to the Beginning" (AKC GAZETTE, September 1999) describes research that has determined, through DNA sequences, that the […] | May 4, 2015
Expert Advice: Breeding & Whelping The Carefully Planned Litter
Successful breeders know the strengths and weaknesses of each of their dogs. Pedigrees, when properly analyzed, can provide a roadmap of those positive and negative features. Computerized databases have made it easier to analyze pedigrees and to store and retrieve information, but breeders still must do their homework. Understanding a pedigree is more than simply […] | April 18, 2015
Expert Advice: Did You Know? Smallest Dogs
Many people want very small dogs because those breeds presumably take up less space. This may be true in the physical sense, but sometimes the littlest dogs have the biggest personalities! So don't let a diminutive dog fool you -- there is a range of temperaments within this size category. When considering getting a dog, […] | April 9, 2015
Expert Advice: Conformation The Psychology of Winning
By Connie VanacoreIn life there are many examples of the ingredients essential to succeeding at anything, and there are enough books on the topic to fill many libraries. However, there are specific elements that are crucial to success in the dog world, although these may apply elsewhere as well. Every team coach, no matter what […] | April 1, 2015
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Expert Advice: News Pioneering a Rare Breed
By Allan Reznik   By Allan Reznik (Reprinted with permission from Dogs in Review and author Allan Reznik, from the November 2014 issue of Dogs in Review magazine. People get into a new breed for all kinds of reasons: the need to downsize, a desire for less grooming, a thirst for greater challenges, even the search […] | March 23, 2015
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Expert Advice: Responsible Breeding Educating Both Buyer and Seller
We can help to educate prospective owners before they get a new puppy or dog—likewise, breeders can be educated too about ways they can properly screen their buyers. We must help spread the word to the public about responsible dog ownership—and that message includes educating people about the homework that should be done before they […] | March 23, 2015

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