First Presa Canario National Specialty Part 1


The first national specialty show of the reorganized Presa club in America known as the United Perro de Presa Canario Club was held on the grounds of Purina Farms near St. Louis, MO.

Dog Food May Carry "Mad Cow Disease"

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that a Canadian cow that tested positive for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, also known as “mad cow disease”) may have been used to manufacture dry dog food, some of which was reported to have been shipped to the United States.

Another Look at Dewclaws


Some breed magazines a few years ago carried a short article by Doctors Foster and Smith on dewclaws. Now, these are good vets and good businessmen as well as lovers of dogs, and besides, one of them looks a little like me, so they must be really good, right? However, I would like to give another side of the picture than their surgeon’s view, that of the breeder, handler, trainer, naturalist, and judge. These vets concluded that dewclaws are undeveloped and serve no purpose, and on the basis of this erroneous premise, they advocate removal. I’m not going to play the purist here and now, as I usually do, to insist that the word “dewclaw” should only be applied to the first digit on the rear limb when it exists, and that the one corresponding to a thumb should simply be called a “first digit.” But I am suggesting that...

Let’s Talk Breeding and Training


The title of this article stems from a discussion list or website group in the U.K. with the name “Let’s Talk Breeding”. One of its subscribers said she couldn’t “sit by and listen to foolishness without speaking up.”

Bolivia Sieger Show 2003


At the beginning of December, after attending the big camelid (alpacas, mostly) festival in Arequipa and the 2003 Peru Sieger Show in Lima, I traveled to a new country for me, Bolivia.

Canine Behaviour

Travelling in search of information on training has provided many opportunities to broaden my understanding of canine behaviour.

Changes in Behavior Associated With Aging in Dogs


An old dog is a special friend. We remember the times we shared and are often saddened by the changes we see. As our companions age, they undergo both physical and metabolic changes that affect our interaction with them. These physical and metabolic changes can often manifest themselves as behavioral changes. Understanding these changes can help increase our enjoyment of the "golden years."

Fred Lanting "curriculum vitae"



Training Tables - A Place for Learning

Training tables have been around in one form or another for longer than any one can document. Some caveman, tired of bending over to get to a pup, probably hoisted it onto a rock and gave it a pet or a bit of food, and the training table concept was born. Well, maybe that's a stretch, but then fact is often stranger than fiction.