Dog Articles

Dog Articles

Our extensive Pro Club article library features topics important to dog breeders
and enthusiasts alike. This includes rich information in subjects ranging from dog
nutrition to breed-specific health and hereditary concerns, as well as best practices
in breeding, kennel management, conditioning, and more.

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Professional Engagement Team

It’s a privilege to work for the best pet food company in the world!  Purina’s culture of excellence in nutrition and support of Sporting Dog events allows me to help promote the sporting dog world.  Purina’s support allows many events that otherwise would not take place or would be limited to flourish.  Through this job, I am able to give back to the sporting dog world which has been such a big part of my life for the last 20 years.

In her job as the Sporting Program Coordinator for the Purina Professional Engagement Team, Gail Inman meets owners, trainers and handlers of all kinds of sporting dogs. She coordinates the Purina Sporting Dog Award Program, which honors the top dogs in six sporting segments, and she has been instrumental in helping to develop Purina’s support of youth programs that encourage participation in dog sports.

Area Manager for:

  • Retriever Segments (AKC Field Trials, AKC Hunt Tests and HRC
  • National Shoot to Retrieve
  • National Bird Hunters Association
  • US Complete Shooting Dog Association
  • English Springer Spaniel Field Trials and Hunt Tests
  • Cocker Spaniels
  • Cover Dog Trials

Dean has been with Purina over 7 years, since January, 2006.

As the Conformation Program Coordinator for the Purina Professional Engagement Team, Marilaé Perkins travels to some of the most prestigious dog shows in the country. These include the Westminster Kennel Club, Kennel Club of Philadelphia, and International Kennel Club of Chicago dog shows. Marilaé started working for Purina in 1994 in the Premiums Purchasing Department, switching to her current job in 1997.

My name is Marci Sale and I am the Plains Area Manager for the Breeder Enthusiast group.  I began my career with Purina as an Ambassador in 2006, exclusively attending Labrador Specialties. I retired as a registered nurse and moved into my current position of Area Manager in April of 2010.

I am a breeder/owner/handler of Labradors and have finished several champions under the kennel prefix “Larkspur”.  I have been involved in breeding and showing dogs for more than 25 years and specifically Labradors for 23 + years.

Field Promotions Representative

I have been showing dogs all my life beginning as a Junior. My first breed was German Shepherds. I have also had Afghans and Basenji’s but my passion has always been American Eskimo Dogs. I show both UKC and AKC. I have bred Multiple Best in Show and National Specialty winning dogs with both registries.

I have worked as a Veterinary Tech, am a Canine Behaviorist, and Canine Nutrition is another passion I have.

Corey Benedict, originally from Kansas City, began his love for the sport of purebred dogs at a young age in Kansas when he began breeding and showing English Springer Spaniels. 

Connie Wagner bought her first show Dalmatian in 1982 as a young mom with two kids. She finished her championship and bred her first litter in 1986.

In 1969 with the purchase of my first Great Dane, my love affair for dogs resulted in my career direction revolving around the sport of pure bred dogs and handling.  This soon resulted in a full-time career choice.

I had been doing conformation classes since early 80's. Finally settled on French Bulldogs in the late 90's. By then I had started my breeding program to bring forth what we have today. I showed my first Frenchie in 2005 and from then on that's all I wanted to do. We have a Champion at little over a year old now working on his Grand.

Lots of training and finding the best food for our dogs and I am proud to say I use Pro Plan. What works for me is lots of love and socializing. My special dog isn't just one. Every one of them are special in the own right.

A fan of the Working breeds, Tracy Houlihan of OutBack Kennel in Berkley, Mass., has owned Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs, Boxers and Doberman Pinschers throughout her career as a breeder. She began showing dogs when she was 31 years old; however, multiple sclerosis sidelined her from the conformation ring 10 years ago.

My story begins seven years ago. I was a grouse hunter without a dog. I met an older gentleman at a gun show and he invited me to go with him and his Llewellins to Wisconsin. After a very successful trip I tried to buy his five year old Setter named Star that was just an amazing field dog. He declined but offered to let me borrow her the next season. That year at Christmas he called and offered to bring her by for a couple of weeks. I quickly accepted and when he came by I was shocked when he asked me if I wanted to keep her permanently as he was getting too old to hunt her.