Clean Run - March 2011 - (Page 26)

When preparing to get a new dog for agility, many handlers spend lots of time carefully researching breeders and the dogs they’ve bred. But what you may not learn during this research is just how much thought and work those breeders put into producing healthy and happy pups. Breeding dogs is a huge responsibility that doesn’t end even when a puppy goes home with his new owner. The © dogSportp © dogSportp Breeders Behind the Dogs By Brenna Fender © marcy man raphy tell photog © FUrry Fot ography We tracked down several breeders who compete quite successfully in agility and other sports with dogs they have bred to ask their thoughts on the complexities of breeding performance dogs. Between them, they’ve produced world agility team members, winners in national and international competition, AKC Agility Invitational invitees, USDAA Top Ten dogs, dogs with MACHs and ADCHs, and much more. Each breeder has pups that have earned titles in a variety of sports other than agility, including obedience, rally, herding, water dog, hunting, conformation, and so on. Our panel of breeder/handlers includes: · · · · · Nina Plail of Plails Shetland Sheepdogs (Sheltieranch) from Webster, Florida. Plail has bred approximately 20 litters of Shetland Sheepdogs over the last 10 years. Her pups have many impressive accomplishments in agility, obedience, rally, and herding. Seven Plail dogs have made it on the Canadian or U.S. world agility teams. One puppy has also finished a breed championship. Jane Harding lives in Chester, Connecticut, and has bred about 100 litters of Portuguese Water Dogs over 25 years. One of her puppies earned a MACH4, and others have earned various titles in water dog work, obedience, and agility. Harding has bred over 100 breed champions. Karen Moureaux from Fillmore, California, has bred Border Collies since 1999 and averages three or four litters a year. Moureaux’s puppies have grown into U.S. world team members, AKC National Champions, and more. They’ve been on USDAA Top Ten lists and have MACHs and ADCHs. Her pups also have titles in herding, obedience, flyball, and do dock diving. Victoria MacVicar lives in Spring Hill, Florida, and has bred about eight litters of Brittanys since the 1980s. She has produced pups that have earned titles in agility (including three MACHs), obedience, rally, Junior Hunter, agility, conformation, and more. One year, she had two dogs, mother and daughter, entered in the AKC Agility Invitational. Leslie Whitney of Kerales Farm in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, has bred five litters of Border Collies. Pups she has produced have earned ADCHs and many other agility titles, have qualified to run at the AKC World Team Tryouts, and have been competitive in herding at the national level. Clean Run | March 11 26 Itney © KevIn wh http://www.DOGSPORTPHOTOS.COM http://www.DOGSPORTPHOTOS.COM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Clean Run - March 2011

Clean Run - March 2011
Editorializing: Go Get the Dog
Tip of the Month
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility…
Backyard Dogs
Who Needs a Training Partner?
Difficult Students, Difficult Dogs, Happy Endings
Ready, Set, Trial! Volunteering at Agility Trials
The Breeders Behind the Dogs
Working on Stimulus Control
Teaching FOCUS and Impulse-Control Classes: Introduction
Power Paws Drills: Long Way, Short Way
Help for Heel Pain: The Facts About Plantar Fasciitis, Part 1
Hydrotherapy for the Canine Athlete
Getting the Biggest Bang for Your Seminar Dollar
When Pigs Fly: You Can Do It
You Know Your Dog Is Aggressive If... Part 5
Want the Best Training Results? Then Play!
Challenges for Rising Stars

Clean Run - March 2011