It was in the early 1960s that I started dog training at a Kennel Club registered club and by that time there was already a reasonable selection of training clubs up and down the country.
The late Mark Birley epitomised elegance, refinement and style and was at the cutting edge of what was and still is fashionable London society. Eton educated, he was born into a privileged family, the son of the portrait painter Sir Oswald Birley.
Now, here’s a fascinating question: when, at any type of canine event, do you most want a good cup of tea or coffee? Answers have varied from half way up or down a motorway to arriving or leaving the venue’s car park, from just after arriving at...
Each day at Crufts there will be invited breed rescues in hall 3 and on hound day two of my favourite welfare organisations will be attending.
Having succeeded in getting a bitch pregnant, there are still many pitfalls for the dog breeder to negotiate. A developing foetus can be felt or seen at around 24 days.
‘My Best Friend’ was the theme of this year’s Young Kennel Club Artist of the Year competition which is now in its fifth year. It gives young members the opportunity to fuse their love of dogs with their passion for art.
Recently I have had an email from a young groomer asking about the importance of grooming competitions. This takes some thought. Are grooming competitions important, necessary or beneficial?
What is the best advice to give potential owners in choosing the best breed for themselves?
White Rabbits, White Rabbits, White Rabbits… It’s the first of March and tradition says I have to utter this mantra. Goodness only knows why, this piece of folklore has been recorded as early as the First World War and not just in European...
I am delighted to have been asked to speak at Crufts in the new seminar pod that is being organized by KCAI (Kennel Club Accreditation Scheme for Instructors in Dog Training and Canine Behaviour).
Bonhams annual sale of dog art in New York is always judged by the quality, commercial appeal and provenance of lots at the top end, so this year’s sale will not go down as a vintage one. Nevertheless, with 82 per cent sold by lot and 73 per cent...
A reader from Wales chides me mildly for failing to mention hydatids when writing recently about the risk of importing various diseases into the UK following the relaxation of some of the rules related to pet travel.