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391 – “From the Mouths of Babes”: Learn From Youth

“From the Mouths of Babes”: Learn From Youth The dog world is frequently seen as “eating its own” – in other words scaring away new folks who are trying to learn. So, I decided to try learning from the new people. I talked to exhibitors who are just getting started, what gave them encouragement to…

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365 — Junior Showmanship from Competing to Judging

Junior Showmanship from Competing to Judging Marti Day and Sarah Congleton are a mother-daughter junior showmanship judging juggernaut. Sarah and her brother Tanner started showing in juniors in 2005. Marti was the support person and chauffer. Mother and daughter both judged the huge junior showmanship competition at Orlando before the AKC National championship. The family…

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355 – Scott Sommer on Owner/Professional Handlers Relationship

Scott Sommer on the Owner/Professional Handlers Relationship Scott Sommer, handler of two different Westminster Kennel Club Best in Show winners is back for the third and final installment of his conversation with host Laura Reeves. Today we’re talking about owner handlers and professional handlers. Plus, Sommer talks about the most difficult trimming techniques he learned…

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353 – Scott Sommer 2: Money in Dog Shows and Setting Goals

Scott Sommer part 2: Money in Dog Shows and Setting Goals Scott Sommer, one of only a handful of people to show multiple dogs to Best in Show at Westminster Kennel Club, joins host Laura Reeves in part two of this conversation for a deep dive on a tricky topic — money. How to get…

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352 – Scott Sommer: Work Hard and Never Stop Trying

Scott Sommer: Work Hard and Never Stop Trying Scott Sommer, one of only a handful of people to show multiple dogs to Best in Show at Westminster Kennel Club, offers his best advice for success. Both JR, the Bichon Frise and Stump, the Sussex Spaniel were surprise, dark horse winners at the Garden in their…

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348 — Juan Miranda: Survivor, Judge, Influencer

Juan Miranda: Survivor, Judge, Influencer Juan Miranda, FCI’s youngest all-breeds judge, survived a car-jacking attack and returned to purebred dogs. Miranda was just leaving his office in Mexico City five years ago, on his way to Westminster Kennel Club, when an armed assailant entered his new truck. Miranda struggled with the attacker, who shot him…

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347 — Tracy Szaras: “Pretty Good, but it’s Not Perfect Yet”

Tracy Szaras: “It Looks Pretty Good, but it’s Not Perfect Yet” Professional handler Tracy Szaras, whose Hungarian heritage leads her mother to describe her as a “real Gypsy,” says the pursuit of perfect is her secret to success. Szaras showed her first dogs in grade school, because her mom showed dogs. Her mom was a…

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344 – Inspiring True Story: From First Show to Best in Show

Inspiring True Story: From First Show to Best in Show Antoinelle Vulpis and “Archer” winning BIS Sunday at The Kennel Club of Philadelphia. Antoinelle Vulpis chose a Skye Terrier as her first show dog. Two years after their first show, Vulpis and Archer won Best in Show at The Kennel Club of Philadelphia’s National Dog…

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332 — Secret to Success with Owner-Handler Matt Palmer

The secret to Success with Owner-Handler Matt Palmer The 2019 Secret to Success award goes to owner-handler Matt Palmer winning Best of Breed at Westminster Kennel Club with his first show dog. Host Laura Reeves gets up close and personal with everyone’s newest hero. A Missouri State Public Defender, Palmer discovered Golden Retrievers at the…

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 329 – Dogs Saving Cats: Livestock Guardians and Cheetahs

Dogs Saving Cats: Livestock Guardians and Cheetahs Dr. Laurie Marker with one of the Livestock Guarding Dogs bred and raised by the Cheetah Conservation Fund to give farmers in Namibia safety for their flocks. My very special guest today is Dr. Laurie Marker of the Cheetah Conservation Fund. We discuss her work with Cheetahs and…

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