Opinion


The growing problem of canine dementia by Lee Connor WE MOVED to Dorset five years ago and our neighbours were a wonderfully youthful and incredibly sprightly married couple of octogenarians. They would often put us to shame as they were always on the go and the husband would pedal a five-mile...
This week's Dog World Comment ALTHOUGH we have come to dread TV programmes on the subject of dog breeding, we have to say that last week's effort covering 'puppy farming' and the trade in pups from parts of Europe seemed to us to hit the nail on the head.
Dietary wisdom from the past by Eileen Geeson EVEN IN the 1660s apothecaries were ‘reading’ urine to identify different illnesses. Concoctions ground from flowers and herbs were contrived to help the physician treat his patients.
This week's Dog World Comment IT IS SAD that in spite of various tweaks down the years, the breeders competition has never really caught the imagination of the British dog-showing public, certainly not to the same extent as in Scandinavia where it is a major part of the show...
Time to unshackle the shows by Steven Seymour When I wrote about my experience with a judges sub-committee member I received a swift, and I believe genuine response from Simon Luxmore, who heads that committee.
This week's Dog World Comment IF IT IS proved that the Australian Shepherd Ch Allmark Indecent Proposal (Sunny) was poisoned while on his bench at National Working and Pastoral Breeds Society ch show, then words cannot express the contempt we feel for whoever committed the act...
Guardian homes and breeding terms by Geraldine Cove-Print One of my first ponies came to me ‘meat for manners’, this meant that our family had the use of the pony but also undertook the care and needs of the pony for as long as we needed it, when the pony outlived his usefulness...
Is healthy diversity being impeded? by Kevin Colwill The recent controversy over Sheltie judging has re-ignited discussion about variation within breeds. We’re used to most breeds having little or no variation except, perhaps, in colour.
This week's Dog World Comment WE SUSPECT that many of our readers will know only too well the temptation, given today’s ‘instant’ social media, to write the first thing that comes into their head, without giving a moment’s serious thought to the possible consequences.
The agony of autism or demodex neurosis by Eileen Geeson Training people to train their dogs is great fun. Over the years experience is picked up and mentors noted for their worth and with help most situations can be sorted one way or another.
This week's Dog World Comment THE NEWS of the three-year contract signed by Procter & Gamble Pet Care and the Kennel Club will come as a relief for a number of reasons.
How much truth is in critiques? by Eileen Geeson Once again I really must thank you, the readers, for you response to this column. Where would I be without you? It is not easy for every person to write or email, I know, so the fact that so many of you do so is highly respected and welcome.
What’s it really like for newcomers? By Lee Connor What’s that old adage, ‘You wait an age for a bus and then two come along at once’? Well, it wasn’t a bus that I had been waiting for but an article – an article that would start a meaningful conversation on what is really affecting the popularity...
This week's Dog World Comment THERE has been a considerable amount of comment regarding judging and judges in recent weeks and it is patently obvious that it is they above anything else which affect exhibitors’ decisions about whether they enter a particular show or not.
Reform can begin at open shows by Steven Seymour I have been so busy this past month searching the internet and asking people about how I can improve my ‘social standing’. Unfortunately I can find no courses or ways to do this.
What’s behind dog on dog attacks? by Geraldine Cove-Print Soap Operas on television are very good at reflecting our society, that’s why so many people love them, quite often social issues are aired and for some it is a relief to know that others are experiencing the same problems, even if they are fictional
This week's Dog World Comment TWENTY YEARS ago, as we show on our From The Archives page this week, the Kennel Club announced swingeing cuts in the number of challenge certificates.
Playing trumps with breed health by Kevin Colwill Dog World columnists comprise some of the best, most experienced and most respected members of the dog scene – and then there’s me. Regular readers know I’m a bit of a Jack of all canine trades and I make no claim to be a master of any....
This week's Dog World Comment WE SUPPOSE that we should not be surprised by anything which the human race can sink to but it is immensely disheartening that dog fighting still goes on, in spite of all the efforts which have been made to stamp it out and the successful...
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