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322 – The Winning Edge! Panel Discussion With the Masters | Pure Dog Talk

The Winning Edge! Panel Discussion With the Masters Host Laura Reeves moderates a Friday Night Forum Panel Discussion on the topic of the “Winning Edge” with Judges Rick Gschwender and Pluis Davern and Professional Handler Bill McFadden. It is not the judge’s job to find a “diamond in the rough,” Reeves posits. “Polish your “gem…

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318 – Owner Handler Secrets: Make a Plan and Be Consistent | Pure Dog Talk

Owner Handler Secrets to Success: Make a Plan and Be Consistent Remy Smith-Lewis, breeder, owner, handler of Portugese Water Dogs, shares the secrets that took him to the top, winning his National Specialty as an owner handler. Smith-Lewis said he did not come from a “dog” family. He was awestruck by his breed when the…

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314 – Dog Shows Through the Eyes of Newbies | Pure Dog Talk

Dog Shows Through the Eyes of Newbies I was honored to visit with four brand “newbies” recently in a panel discussion format. These folks shared truly valuable information about what got them started, what they love and even what they don’t. Huge thanks to listener Dr. Clifton Jamil Kenon Jr whose idea this was. The…

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305 — Anne Katona on judging, retirement, owner handlers | Pure Dog Talk

Anne Katona on judging, retirement, owner handlers Long time judge Anne Katona shares her insights about judging, announces her planned retirement in January 2021 and offers encouragement for owner handlers. Famous for her greetings in the ring, where she reminds every exhibitor that “wiggles are allowed,” the perennially cheerful Katona noted that she’s “never known…

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301 — Ring Stewards: The Unsung Heroes of the Dog Show | Pure Dog Talk

Ring Stewards: The Unsung Heroes of the Dog Show Kevin Ellingson, member of the Professional Stewards Association of Northern California, started ring stewarding in 2006 as a way to learn more about the sport while his wife was showing Cavalier King Charles Spaniels . Ellingson said a couple of the most important things he learned…

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299 – Final Thoughts from the Legends: Juniors, New Judges | Pure Dog Talk

Final Thoughts from the Legends: Juniors, New Judges The final installation from the Pure Dog Talk Friday Night Forum at Del Monte Kennel Club in 2017 with Pat Trotter, Dorothy Macdonald and Kim Meredith. Judge following and “fly-ins” Dorothy – won’t put dog down if they followed. If I liked him best, will go up…

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298 – Legends part 2: What NOT to do, Too Many Dog Shows  | Pure Dog Talk

Legends part 2: What NOT to do, Too Many Dog Shows and More Today’s episode is a continuation of the conversation at the Pure Dog Talk Friday Night Forum at Del Monte Kennel Club in July 2017. Our panel includes Pat Trotter, Dorothy Macdonald and Kimberly Meredith. The conversation continues with questions from social media…

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296 – Pat Trotter, Dorothy Macdonald and Kim Meredith Speak at Forum | Pure Dog Talk

Pat Trotter, Dorothy Macdonald and Kim Meredith Speak at Forum Today’s episode is part one of a Pure Dog Talk Friday Night Forum at Del Monte Kennel Club in 2017. The panel features Pat Trotter, Dorothy Macdonald and Kim Meredith addressing the topic of the “Judge-Exhibitor Relationship.” Learn about the background and priorities of these…

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292 — Jeff Heim: “Dog Shows Are Not Dying” and Other Punditry | Pure Dog Talk

Jeff Heim: “Dog Shows Are Not Dying” and Other Punditry Professional handler, Jeff Heim, reflects on 50 years of learning, from cattle judging in FFA to observing handlers and judges at dog shows. As someone who is always willing to help, talk to a stranger or answer a question, Heim observed there is a fine…

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290 — Commentary: Fun Matches and Rethinking Rankings | Pure Dog Talk

Commentary: Fun Matches and Rethinking Rankings Host Laura Reeves sat down with Lori Wilson-Paust to talk about fun matches, the need for “picnics in the park” that build the sport from the ground up and rethinking the “rankings rat race.” For more thoughts on the topic, following is a reprint of an article Laura wrote…

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