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7 Habits of Highly Effective Show Dogs (#3)

A countdown of some lessons learned: characteristics that contribute to a dog’s success in showing. And #3 is: copes well with chaos. Shows can seem like madhouses to the uninitiated.  The first time I walked into a venue I was … Continue reading

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7 Habits of Highly Effective Show Dogs (#2)

With apologies to Stephen Covey, I’m enumerating the 7 habits that my friends and mentors have taught me are typical of a successful show dog. The second: he sleeps!  Anywhere and everywhere possible. The first time I left Kunga alone … Continue reading

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7 Habits of Highly Effective Show Dogs

(With apologies to Stephen Covey) I’ve found there are 7 qualities of a resilient, successful show dog.  Having them doesn’t guarantee success, but they all contribute to winning. #1—He eats! Even a dog that eats well at home can get … Continue reading

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Handling conundrum: ears up or down?

I was at a dog show this past weekend and took Kunga into the breed ring with 4 other specials, winner’s dog, and winner’s bitch.  As usual, Kunga was the only dog in the line with natural ears, indeed the … Continue reading

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Sit

When Kunga was a little guy, I taught him to “sit” on command.  Then I got involved in the show world and discovered that there is one school of thought that show dogs should NOT learn “sit.” The theory behind … Continue reading

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Mentors

When I first got interested in showing Kunga, I had never even been to a dog show!  I knew nothing about conformation, about the ring, or about handling.  I was incredibly fortunate to find the Great Dane Club of Greater … Continue reading

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Show dogs are pets

Some people don’t realize our show dogs are our beloved pets first and foremost! Here’s my boy in his “Super Dog” pose, hoping for dinner soon. Some show dogs live with their handlers for months (or even years) on end, … Continue reading

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Breeding Heartaches

Kunga is a daddy again: 14 pups born by C-section.  The breeder thought two pups looked weak and small, and in fact they didn’t last the first night despite heroic supplemental feedings and care.  But we expected to lose a … Continue reading

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Dog smells

Our dogs live through their noses, which is old news.  What’s interesting is how important the smell of my dogs is to me.  Like humans, each of them has their own distinctive scent, and I revel in it as I … Continue reading

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Blue Dane coat

There seem to be a lot of voices out there that repeat without evidence that the Blue Danes have lots of fur coat issues.  I’m not so sure that these assertions are true, though they are widely believed. Most people … Continue reading

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