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71 – Top Dog Dreaming: Professional Handler Laura King on the Road to #1 All-Breed

Dreaming of Top Dog #1 All-Breed? Professional Handler Laura King tells the fun and frustration, rewards and regrets, on the competitive road to be #1.


58 -Be the Expert That John Q. Public Needs: Michelle Santana and Foxfire Dobermans

Be the Expert That John Q. Public Needs Michelle Santana – Foxfire Dobermans 35 years in Dobermans, inherited the love of the breed from her mother, Michelle Santana is dedicated to the future of her favorite breed. While Michelle tried a brief stint in Collies, she returned committed to her mother’s breeding program, and describes…


49 – What Was the Dog Show Judge Thinking? AKC Judge and Dog Show Mentor Lee Whittier

From the Judges Perspective As an AKC Judge, Lee Whittier often saw quality, but untrained dogs with exhibitors that could use some help.  Digging a little deeper, Lee realized that the exhibitors that really needed a mentor were not just the beginners, but the Owner-Handlers that have been showing for 5-15 years. Owner Handlers –…


48 – Mike Pitts: Teaching the Next Generation

From Apprentice to Master Handler to Mentoring the Next Generation   Mike Pitts, along with his wife Linda, are among the top tier handlers in the country, having run multiple top dogs over the years. Most recently, Linda piloted the Puli, Preston, to number one all breeds all systems in 2016.   Back in the…


42 – Juniors Speak Out: Listen to the Wisdom – Jr. Showmanship Judges

Juniors are Wise Beyond Their Years Little did we know when Laura Reeves put the question out on Facebook asking the simple question… Is there a difference between competing in Junior Showmanship and the regular conformation ring? Vienna Yeadon We would be overwhelmed with a multitude of intelligent, thought-provoking responses! Juniors of all ages, aged-out…


33 – The Voice of Westminster Goes Hollywood: David Frei and Kennel Club of Beverly Hills

Was the “Voice of Westminster” Your First Mentor? David Frei was “The Voice of Westminster”. For 27 years, David opened our eyes to the traits, instincts, stories and wonder of purebred dogs.  From David we heard about border collies and herding, Belgian Malinois as police dogs, golden retrievers, fox terriers, bloodhounds, siberian huskies, and so…


32 – Katie Campbell: Why the Public Shows Up at the Seattle Kennel Club Dog Show

Seattle Kennel Club Dog Show Rocks! Katie Campbell is a second-generation dog breeder and has been exhibiting and breeding under her own TAJI prefix since 1991. Though known worldwide for her highly acclaimed Basenjis, she is also a Breeder of Merit in Ibizan Hounds and Poodles. She has also judged across the USA and around…


30 – Hit Me with your Best Shot: Get Winning Win Photos of You and your Dog

Do you know how to get the best shot? What good is a win photo that doesn’t show how spectacular your dog is? Does your dog look great but you look dead? Pro Photographers tell you like it is!


29 – AKC’s Top Dogs – the Dog Show Superintendents with Becky Sumner of BaRay Event Services

BaRay Event Services, Becky Sumner tells all about who really runs the show, what the dog show superintendents do, how they help the clubs, and AKC licensing. Lots of work and detail goes into putting on a great dog show, and, yes, it is in the details.


26 – Winners of Westminster Dog Show: Bill McFadden, Valerie Nunes Atkinson, Andy Linton

Winners of Westminster: Dreams do come true and how to get there. Past winners Bill McFadden, Valerie Nunes-Atkinson, and Andy Linton talk about their experience in the Westminster Dog Show spotlight, their moment on the green carpet, and the moment they won.