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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.
In the Dog House by Simon Parsons I’M SURE that there will be plenty in this week’s paper about whether or not the Scottish Kennel Club was right to withdraw an appointment from a German Shepherd judge who made some comments of a closed Facebook group regarding her attitude to...
New breeds to the UK by Simon Parsons SOME MAY feel that we have enough pedigree breeds in the UK to be going on with – though nothing like as many as exist on the Continent of Europe. Nevertheless there is still plenty of enthusiasm for something a little...
Plethora of prizes by Simon Parsons I ASKED recently for some ideas as to what sort of prizes, worthwhile but not costing a fortune, breed clubs could offer at their championship shows, and particularly on special occasions such as jubilees.
Golden age of the IWS by Simon Parsons FIFTY years ago this week a young man already involved in the world of dogs obtained a bitch of a breed which was very much a curiosity in the UK, bred in very small numbers. Today that breed, although still not numerically strong, is flourishing...
Learning about Pyrenean Mastiffs from the master by Andrew Brace It was an unexpected pleasure to be able to attend a seminar on Pyrenean Mastiffs that had been arranged on the Friday evening before the Kotka show began, the speaker being Spanish expert Rafael Malo Alcrudo.
More robust action needed from the KC by Sheila Atter When, in the past, I’ve been less than complimentary about the Kennel Club public relations department I’ve had angry emails telling me how hurtful it is for the staff who work so hard at the KC...
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.
Great hospitality at Wessex by Wendy Beasley We always look forward to the Wessex championship trial, held in one of the most beautiful parts of the country in the middle of summer, and this year was no exception.
Steps for teaching your dog to jump by Becca Middleton Teaching your dog how to jump may sound like a bit of a strange idea as we all know they do it naturally, or can they? It is the skill they will most use when working in agility and so it is vital that they perform this skill to the best of their...
A sick dog while away from home by Jane Lilley Can anyone explain why it is that the very worst of crises so often occur whenever you are away from home? Those who have read this column in the past may remember the gloomy tale of when...
Fearful dogs need time and patience by Nick Honor I’m sure some of you will be able to relate with much of what I say when I talk about a chronically fearful dog.
Should health tests be used to restrict breeding or registration? by Steve Dean Over the past few weeks AVV has described the usefulness of the official health tests available to the pedigree dog breeder. If these are considered as a whole it becomes clear that there are two basic types of test.
Festivals, hazards and terrier tips by Geraldine Cove-Print In my youth, contrary to popular opinion not so very long ago, I loved going to music festivals. The thought of a cold groundsheet and damp boots in the morning fills me with horror now but back then life was an adventure of a different kind.
Captain Montressor and his dogs by Nick Waters This week I feature a painting of Captain Montressor and his dogs. It has turned out to be a slight personal indulgence for I can find no mention anywhere of him playing a role in the breeds other than the Irish Water Spaniel of which he was one...
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.
In the Dog House by Simon Parsons BEING A pedigree geek, I of course had to try to work out how closely related were the best in show and reserve BIS winners at Blackpool.
250 CC Brio by Simon Parsons When Jane Miller’s Scottish Terrier Ch Brio Oliver Twist won the CC and BOB at Windsor it was, I understand, the 250th won by the Brio kennel, a remarkable achievement for the sort of kennel which has for so long been the backbone of the British...
Routine blood tests by Simon Parsons I ASKED if the blood tests which vets nowadays seem to offer as a routine were really necessary. Thanks to Sylvia Lees for her thoughts:

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