Sports & Training
One Person Making a Difference In just five years of existence, the sport of Barnhunt has taken off like wildfire. Founder Robin Nuttall, the archetype of “one person can make a difference,” said she created the sport to test the natural instincts of her new Miniature Pinscher. A Doberman Pinscher fancier for many years, Nuttall…
WKC AGILITY WINNER SHARES HER THOUGHTS Jessica Ajoux and her Border Collie, Famous, won the WKC Master Agility Championship in February. She shares her insights on how a dog’s structure affects its performance on the agility course. Jessica Ajoux and Border Collie, Famous, are the WKC Masters Agility Champions PASSION FOR AGILITY STARTED EARLY This February…
Vicki Ronchette continues with part 2 on training showdogs from Shy to Showy in the conformation ring.
Positive Training for Show Dogs – Vicki Ronchette is a professional trainer working with dogs using positive reinforcement and theories of operant conditioning. Ronchette has written several books and teaches seminars on how to get the most out of your show dog with methods that are well known in other venues.
Piglet is a 7 year old Catahoula Leopard Dog trained and certified to discover human remains, one of fewer than a half-dozen of her breed working in Search and Rescue. Lori Wells and Piglet were winners of the AKC Humane Fund Award for Canine Excellence in the Search and Rescue category and were honored at the AKC National Championship in Orlando, Fla.
Scent Work is an accessible sport for handlers and dogs that builds on the one thing ALL dogs do well — sniffing. AKC’s brand new Scent Work program, and the events from which it is derived, are amongst the fastest growing sports in purebred dogs. We visited with some of the judges and participants in this new game to bring our listeners in depth and up to date information.
Carmen Battaglia, Mark Dunn, Sheila Goffe and a bunch of folks at AKC are developing a new “patriotic puppy program” whereby breeders of high drive, high stamina hunting dogs can help create a network of domestic breeding programs to supply explosive detection dogs (EDD).
Doug Ljungren is the champion of a number of new, non-traditional and wildly popular performance events that have come on line in the last few years.
How to Properly Bath and Dry Your Dog with Laura Reeves gives tips and correct methods to prepare and maintain your dog’s coat.
Have we lost the purpose of kennel clubs? Are kennel clubs just for “putting on shows”? Should kennel clubs be or regain their position as a local service and educational organization?