Opinion


This week's Dog World Comment THE KENNEL Club’s Show Promotion Working Party has come up with some promising ideas in the last few weeks, but we hope it will not be too long before its members turn their attention specifically to open shows.
Judges, get your homework in By Geraldine Cove-Print It is a very long time since I used the excuse of “the dog ate my homework”, I’m not entirely sure it worked all those years ago although I do think I earned a teacher’s...
Fashion the enemy, education the ally by Kevin Colwill We all agree there are too many dogs in bad homes with irresponsible owners. We all agree there are too many dogs in rescue. A lot of us would agree that there are simply too many dogs full stop. The difficulty is agreeing ways to solve the problem.
This week's Dog World Comment NO SOONER has the Kennel Club announced the decision to suspend the regulations concerning stakes classes, than a further raft of proposals is listed which the Show Promotion Working Party has under consideration and which it has discussed with...
Inspiring best practice in young handlers by Jessica Holm THE IMPORTANCE of encouraging the juniors involved with this sport of ours has been much in the media in recent weeks. There was a big spread in DOG WORLD (November 14) after the judging of the Junior Handling Association finals for 2014 and the...
This week's Dog World Comment WE ARE delighted that, as widely forecast, the Kennel Club is to suspend the ‘unbeaten dog’ rule so that dogs can compete in variety/stakes classes without their owners worrying that if they are beaten in these classes, they will not be able to...
Time for the taxman to get tough? By Lee Connor A few days ago an elderly neighbour from several doors down knocked. I was quite surprised to open the door and find her standing there as we have only ever exchanged the usual polite pleasantries but I immediately knew something was troubling her.
Twenty years of Canine Health Concern by Eileen Geeson This year cannot go by without recognition of one of the canine world’s best friends. When Catherine O’Driscoll started detective work into why her young, previously healthy dogs became ill and consequently died...
This week's Dog World Comment WE ARE sure our readers will wish a happy retirement to Clarissa Baldwin, for 28 years the chief executive of Dogs Trust.
Providing a central database by Steven Seymour MY FELLOW columnist Sheila Atter wrote what I think were magic words a few weeks back. Sheila wrote “the problem with the system is there is no system at all”.
This week's Dog World Comment FOR ANYONE who has been around the show scene for a few decades, one change in attitude has become obvious.
Is anyone encouraging newcomers? by Tim Hutchings This is not the column that I intended to write but the sad deaths of Carl Johnson and Judy Averis, within a few days of each other, prompted a change of plan.
A chilling tale for Halloween By Geraldine Cove-Print There are two schools of thought about the origins of Halloween, the first is that it was all the idea of the Christians to have a day to remember the saints and martyrs that had died and that the evening before was in preparation for the Saints...
This week's Dog World Comment WE HOPE the Kennel Club quickly sorts out the muddle regarding the changes to the French Bulldog Standard. It seemed strange indeed that the breed clubs should be informed of the change, only for two days later to be told that this wasn’t yet...
Risk assessment for dogs... and owners by Kevin Colwill AUTUMN is my favourite season. The shorter, cooler days suit my wardrobe, physique and temperament very much better than the sultry summer months.
It may seem coincidental but cross my heart, this article was started and indeed almost finished before I read Steve Dean’s latest contribution to ‘from the chairman’ in the October Kennel Club Journal where he tries...
This week's Dog World Comment TWO WEEKS ago we dealt with the subject of judges, following on from Steve Dean’s comprehensive look in the Kennel Club Journal at some of the dilemmas involved.
Rude behaviour on social media by Jessica Holm The power of social media is increasing and in the dog world, it would seem to be presenting the powers that be with some serious headaches.
Sighthounds in the show ring: are they really fit for function? By Ronnie Heap The general conclusion I have come to is no. There may be exceptions within some breeds and there may be some breeds that are still close enough to the original type to a degree but overall most have nothing more than...
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