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Expert Advice: Responsible Breeding So You Want to Breed Dogs?
Do you think you want to breed your bitch? If so, here are some questions to ask yourself. There is nothing more adorable than a puppy. Breeding a beautiful litter is definitely rewarding. However, experienced breeders have learned over time that breeding can have unexpected challenges. When the owner of a bitch is interested in […] | March 20, 2015
Expert Advice: Breeding & Whelping 18 Tips for First-Time Breeders
For the first-time breeder, it’s crucial to prepare as thoroughly as you can for that first litter. Breeding a litter is a rewarding and challenging experience. It is also a very time-consuming, labor-intensive, and sometimes heartbreaking endeavor. It takes real commitment on the part of bitch owner combined with lots of patience, money, and months […] | March 20, 2015
Expert Advice: Did You Know? Top Ten Breeds Of The 1960s
  The Poodle, recognized by the AKC in 1887, did not make the top ten breeds until the 1950s when it ranked number seven. This glamorous show dog and companion strutted into the number-one position in the 1960s and would become the first breed to hold the number-one crown for two consecutive decades. To this […] | February 13, 2015
Expert Advice: Training for Dog Sports Conditioning the Collie
Dog people have their own language, but we often take the meaning of the words for granted. Most of these words were originally the vernacular of stockmen. Everyone understood what “conditioning” meant, since farmers conditioned horses, dogs, and barnyard animals for pragmatic reasons. Today, however, most dog-sport competitors come with little or no experience in […] | January 25, 2015
Expert Advice: Fun With Your Dog Can My Dog Do That? You’ll Never Know Till You Try
AKC Gazette breed column, Bearded Collies: Try something new with your dog in 2015 — there's a veritable feast of canine activities out there that he's likely to enjoy. I recently spent a pleasant afternoon cruising on Lake Ontario in a sailboat owned by friends who have two Bearded Collies of my breeding. The Beardies, […] | January 8, 2015
Expert Advice: Advanced Training Online Training — a New Resource for Dog Owners
AKC Gazette breed column, Giant Schnauzers—Online classes allow dog owners to participate on their own schedule and introduce new concepts in a low-distraction environment. Online training classes are the latest resource for dog owners, allowing access to trainers who are highly skilled and current in the latest methods without having to travel thousands of miles. Thus […] | December 3, 2014
Expert Advice: Lifestyle The Doberman Breeder—An Endangered Species?
AKC Gazette breed column—Anti-breeding ways of thinking distract people from remembering that it's through the breeding of good dogs that the breed exists and continues. In the 1970s the Doberman Pinscher was among the top five breeds in popularity. At that time, most specialty shows had well over 100 Doberman entries, with some shows having […] | November 21, 2014
Expert Advice: Cute & Funny 15 Things ONLY A Whippet Owner Would Understand
They may look delicate and refined but Whippets are fierce athletes. These dogs were a poacher's best friend and love chasing rabbits and other small game. Today Whippets compete in agility, flyball, lure coursing, rally, and obedience. They're also loving therapy dogs. Whippets are little wonders but, of course, their owners know this! Here are 10 things Whippet […] | September 1, 2014
Expert Advice: Conformation Why No Mixed-Breeds?” and Other Questions About Dog Shows”
Now that dog show season is in full swing, many casual viewers find themselves completely mystified about aspects of the sport. But here are answers to four basic questions to give you a better understanding of dog shows.    Who are these people? Most handlers you’ll see in the TV portion of the show are […] | March 19, 2014
Expert Advice: Breeding Tips & Best Practices It’s What’s Up Front That Counts
If we wish to achieve our goal of breeding quality dogs in fewer numbers, we must set our sights on producing and rewarding dogs with correct front-end assemblies. In a previous Gazette column I discussed front-end assembly and the problems associated with incorrect, upright shoulders. Because so many world-class dog people are concerned about the […] | June 3, 2013

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