Sports & Training
Dog Obedience and Agility rings are filled with Border Collies, Australian Shepherds, Corgis, Parson Russell Terriers, Labs and Golden Retrievers. But what about Clumber Spaniels, Pugs, Bulldogs, Norwegian Elkhounds and Great Danes?
Andrea (Kyllarova) Ford, newly immigrated from the Czech Republic, acquired a backyard bred Golden Retriever in 2000 as a companion. From those humble beginnings grew the very first AKC Versatile Companion Champion Dog team.
Tracking: Testing Your dogs ability to scent is for just about any breed – even an Italian Greyhound and Yorkshire Terrier.
Allison Foley has started Leading Edge Dog Show Academy to mentor exhibitors online for dog show grooming, junior handling, and handling for adults.
Continuing our conversation on the challenges of creating dual champions, Melissa Newman talks with us about her journey to build a family of dogs that meet this exacting goal. From a childhood spent hunting with her family through the trial and error of acquiring a good foundation for her breeding program, her story is inspiring as to what can be accomplished with single minded dedication and focus. The Set’r Ridge dogs are iconic and can be found in many pedigrees of the top dogs in the breed.
One key element of preservation breeding, for many fanciers, is working to maintain the “function” for which the “form” of the breed was originally developed. The English Setter standard, for example, describes a dog “conformed” a certain way because those details enabled the dog to best do the job for which foundation breeders developed it.
Obedience at the Garden: Obedience was not always offered at the Garden during Westminster Kennel Club dog show. David Haddock, Westminster member and AKC judge helped to include obedience competition.
New to the Group Ring? 10 Tips to Survive and Succeed and celebrate your best of breed win.
Valerie Nunes-Atkinson Best known for CJ and his Westminster win, Valerie is a 2nd generation breeder with the passion for handling, training, breeding, and conditioning show dogs. Pay It Forward – Handling Seminars for Owner Handlers and Juniors Valerie has a deep love for her dogs, and a deep love for her sport. She is…
Grooming Back to Basics for Better Coats Grooming is as important a part of successful conformation presentation as handling. It doesn’t matter how gifted you are, you can’t make a silk purse out of sow’s ear in the 10 minutes you’re in the ring. It takes work. In many cases untold HOURS of hard work….