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Dog Articles

Our extensive Pro Club article library features topics important to dog breeders
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nutrition to breed-specific health and hereditary concerns, as well as best practices
in breeding, kennel management, conditioning, and more.

Dog Articles


I remember when I was young dad worked second shift and got home around 10 pm and a guy he worked with would bring his dogs to work with him so they could go hunting after work. I would always ask to go and the answer was I would get to go when I was older. I was around 10 when I finally got to go with my dad and uncle. I remember a big Walker dog named Bubba and a little Bluetick female named Midge. We turned them loose in a cornfield bottom and they ran the track up a steep hill and treed on top.

A Beagle lover at heart, Mary Cummings of Stone Meadow Kennel in Johnson City, N.Y., also adores German Shepherd Dogs, Australian Shepherds and Whippets. Cummings, a self-taught purebred enthusiast, began showing her German Shepherd Dog, V-Aiko Von Fuerstenberg, CD, SCH I, in conformation and obedience while she was still in high school.

It was love at first sight for Lisa Snyder of Richlands, N.C., who fell for the distinctive look and sound of Bluetick Coonhounds. Now breeding under the Bawlin’ Blues prefix, Snyder says she and her husband, Zealy Lewis Jr., chose the name since Blueticks are known for their bawl mouth. “Blues also is a play on both the breed and the music, and with the exception of one, all our hounds are named after blues songs,” she says.

I have bred, owned, shown & loved Shar-Pei since 1982. It is very important with my breed to have complete nutrition to maintain coat. Shar-Pei are a very unique breed not only in their coat & appearance, but are unique in what they can tolerate in their diet. I have tried over the years Nutro Max, Nutro Choice, Diamond, Diamond Naturals, Iams and Science Diet. None of which could maintain the coat in my dogs to compete in the show ring. I went to a show at Purina Farms so depressed as my top show bitch "Scuddles" was totally out of coat.

I finished OTCH on my golden and I was given a show quality English Springer Spaniel, (Polesitter's Danica Dazzles). Right away my goal was to see how much I could teach her and complete her 3 Championships CH OTCH MACH as quick as possible. She was so much fun to train and a natural, she was a breed champion at 13 Months, OTCH (Obedience Champion) at 22 months, and finished her MACH (Master Agility Championship) at 2 years and 7 months to become the youngest dog to achieve these 3 Championships.

Kerrie Kuper’s love for dogs dates back almost as far as she can remember. Growing up in St. Petersburg, Fla., Kuper became involved with dogs at age 8 when she began handling her parents’ Standard Poodles in Junior Showmanship.

Kaylynn Williams’ passion for Beagles began at a young age. Her grandfather, uncle and father have had an affinity for the breed for over 40 years. Now, at age 21, Kaylynn competes with her Purina® Pro Plan® fueled Beagles in an average of 30 to 40 field trial events each year. She also owns and operates KW Kennels near her home in Martinton, Illinois, and even runs a successful nationwide junior handler program.

I've been in Rhodesian Ridgebacks for about 20 years now and in 2007 my AKC Champion bitch CH TerraCotta's Pure Kimani, aka Rheba, whelped 17 healthy pups. I think this may have been a record though it was never proven. What a wild 2 months that was taking care of those pups!

My first GSP was Rose. I bought her because she was beautiful and a friend talked me into driving to SC to get her pup and get one for myself!
Some people are born into it, some marry into it, and then there are those of us that start from scratch. I remember being a little girl, and begging my mom to let me stay up late two nights a year.
Tess is the first bully bred dog I ever owned. She is always happy and always willing to please. I read about the Citizen Good Citizen program, and knew I had to get her tested. Tess passed the CGC test on March 20, 2010. One of the first things we did was visit my work place. I work at a home for the Mentally Ill. Tess took right to it, and enjoyed every bit of petting. The Residents were thrilled. Later a Girl Scout Camp, contacted me, and Tess and I got to go to the Camp to teach the girls about bully breeds, mainly American Pit Bull Terriers.
Hello my name is Heather. I have 3 beautiful bloodhounds that are part of my family. My youngest bloodhound Juno is currently in training for search and recovery. At 10 months old she went on her first call out and was actually very close to finding her victim when they called us off. We will be serving several surrounding counties in our area and we are completely volunteers. We pay for all our training and gear. This is our way of supporting our community and giving her the opportunity to work and she loves it!!!