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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...
This week's Dog World Comment SOME MEMBERS of the veterinary profession have been all too ready to be critical of both pedigree dog breeders and the Kennel Club. So we find it amazing that when the vets are asked to help in a way that should cause them very little time or...
In the Dog House by Simon Parsons ONE OF the main messages emphasised by both Frank Sabella and Jason Lynn at their recent masterclass on handling was that how you actually show your dog in the ring is only a small part of the process of producing it at its best.
Less is more by Simon Parsons ANOTHER point made by both Jason and Frank was one I’ve often thought about. Jason, in particular, was talking about ringcraft classes and said that although these can have great value, he felt that all too often one sees owners of promising...
Time off school by Simon Parsons THANKS TO Jo Lovell for raising a question which I am sure affects many parents with children who enjoy competing in the various Junior Handling Association and Young Kennel Club classes which our general championship shows generously schedule.
Great crowds for Belgium’s green dog show by Andrew Brace Having had a day at home after a marvellous visit to Japan I set off for Belgium on Saturday, having agreed to judge at the Libramont show on Sunday.
Have ‘doodles’ had their day? By Lee Connor One of the joys of living in this country is being able to walk into a store like WH Smith or any one of our large supermarkets and being able to flick through the vast array of glossy magazines on offer on...
Judging: too soon and too late by Sheila Atter Many people are exercised by the problem of how to get onto the various club judging lists. It seems that copious amounts of both time and money are needed in order to climb even halfway up the ladder...
For the love of dogs – recipe included by Eileen Geeson I must admit I have always been hungry to learn more about keeping my dogs as healthy as possible. As a child my home life had taught me that a happy dog that had a loving home, plenty of exercise...
A successful trip to Monk Fryston by Wendy Beasley No matter how much you may love your sport or hobby there are times when the pressure’s on and you are feeling particularly nervous that you wonder why you do it.
Busy life and busy season ahead by Matt Hammersley This past month life has been manic to say the least in our household, between getting married, having our litter of long awaited puppies born only two days before our wedding day and then opening our new outdoor shop...
Fine tuning at Agility Secrets camp by Becca Middleton In September I was lucky enough to attend one of Laura Chudleigh’s Agility Secrets camps and I thought I would tell you about it. This is the third camp I have been to and each and every one of them has...
Getting the dog back in the car by Jane Lilley Please can anyone help or advise Suzannah Thurgood of the Pecolstone Golden Retrievers, who has a very difficult problem with one of her dogs.
An unusual Victorian marble group by Nick Waters Garden and monumental statuary designed to grace imposing homes is the art form for which there is often the least information available. If most could talk, they would probably have some wonderful stories to tell...
Wannabe a dog groomer? by Eileen Geeson As Grooming dogs – which covers more than the general brushing and combing of dogs in these days of modern terminology – is now considered part of dog ownership more than it ever was before...
Reassuring signs during whelping by Steve Dean Whelping never fails to surprise for it is not a predictable event even for those of us who have many years of experience. The normal process is hard to define and the best that can be said is a normal whelping is where the pups are...
The Dog Coat Company Calm Coat by Geraldine Cove-Print February 2011, Christchurch, New Zealand: A State of Emergency was declared by the Government as the full consequences of the earthquake which was rated at 6.3 finally began to filter through.
This week's Dog World Comment IN THE latest Kennel Club Journal, chairman Steve Dean attempts an overview of exhibitors’ moans about judges and the judging system in the UK. As anyone who has seriously thought about this subject will know, there are no simple answers...
In the Dog House by Simon Parsons IT MUST be unusual for Yvonne Knapper and Steve Dean to have similar concerns but this week they seem to. Yvonne read my piece recently about various moans exhibitors had raised about shows today, and says...

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