Pure Dog Talk

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By: Laura Reeves

Pure Dog Talk is the VOICE of PureBred Dogs. We talk to the legends of the sports and give you tips and tools to create an awesome life with your purebred dog. From dog shows to preservation breeding, from competitive obedience to field work, from agility to therapy dogs and all the fun in between; your passion is our purpose. Pure Dog Talk supports the American Kennel Club, our Parent, Specialty and All-Breed Clubs, Dog Sports, Therapy, Service and Preservation of our Canine Companions.

511 – What IS the Animal Rights Agenda? With Patti Strand
01/10/2022

What IS the Animal Rights Agenda? With Patti Strand Patti Strand, president of the https://www.naiaonline.org/ (National Animal Interest Alliance) (NAIA), joins host Laura Reeves to discuss proposed ballot initiatives that have appeared, in identical form, in multiple states with a definite "animal rights" agendas attached. The current initiative in Oregon and the previous one in Colorado aimed to criminalize injuring or killing animals, including killing for food, hunting, fishing and criminalizes most breeding practices. Strand contends that it is unlikely the Oregon proposal will receive enough signatures to make it on the ballot, and the Colorado one...


510 – Tackling a Stinky Problem with Dr. Marty Greer
01/03/2022

Tackling a Stinky Problem with Dr. Marty Greer Dr. Marty Greer, DVM and host Laura Reeves tackle a stinky problem – the dog’s anal glands. Greer explains how to express them, what to do if they are infected or impacted and stinky stories from the trenches. “They're the same glands that are the scent glands on a skunk, the scent glands in a ferret,” Greer said. “The ferret ones are, of course, removed if ferrets are going to become pets. They serve as a communication function among animals. So for instance, when the skunk is upset or angry or being attacked o...


509 -- 12-Steps to a Happier You in the Dog Fancy
12/27/2021

12-Steps to a Happier You in the Dog Fancy I don’t know about you, but this holiday season I just haven’t had the vibe. I’ve honestly tried. But, all my magic spells for maintaining a positive attitude have been, at best, modestly successful. Even a week at the ocean didn’t cure me this time and that’s my solid go to. Pretty sure I don’t have to run the litany we all know too well about the “why”. It’s just plain been a rough couple years. The global psyche is literally bruised and battered. Peace on Earth and...


508 – Breeding, Training and Socializing Decisions for High Drive Dogs
12/21/2021

Breeding, Training and Socializing Decisions for High Drive Dogs https://www.fenzidogsportsacademy.com/ (Denise Fenzi )and host Laura Reeves take a deep dive into the breeding, training and socializing decisions we make with high drive dogs. Are we removing “hard” dogs from our gene pool in favor of “twitchy,” flashy high arousal dogs? “So, drive always requires arousal,” Fenzi noted. “Arousal does not require drive. That is a good base. I like to recognize that and to recognize that arousal can hinder the dog’s ability to see the world clearly, so your socialization goes to hell, as the dog is so busy movin...


507 -- Denise Fenzi on "Drive" vs "Arousal" in Dogs
12/13/2021

Denise Fenzi on "Drive" vs "Arousal" in Dogs https://www.fenzidogsportsacademy.com/ (Denise Fenzi), Founder of the famous Fenzi Dog Sport Academy, joins host Laura Reeves for Part 1 of this powerful and thoughtful conversation about what drives our dogs to the behaviors we see. Denise and Laura discuss the difference between drive and arousal, and how that impacts on our dogs, particularly performance dogs, and some of the things that we as breeders need to consider when making breeding decisions. “In the make-up of the dog, you've got the very bottom level,” Fenzi said. “Let's call that instinct. Those are things...


506 – Pancreatitis: Acute, Chronic and Other Diseases of the Pancreas
12/06/2021

Pancreatitis: Acute, Chronic and Other Diseases of the Pancreas Dr. Marty Greer, DVM joins host Laura Reeves for a deep dive on Pancreatitis, a common ailment in our dogs seen during the holidays, and other diseases of the pancreas in dogs. “Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas. It is always an inflammatory condition. The pancreas is a very important organ in your body. It has two sections to it and it lives right outside your stomach and intestines. It does two jobs. One is it produces enzymes to digest your food and the other is it produces insulin to control yo...


505 – Front and Center with Stephanie Seabrook Hedgepath
11/29/2021

Front and Center with Stephanie Seabrook Hedgepath Stephanie Seabrook Hedgepath and host Laura Reeves are back, chasing squirrels and discussing the single most important part of canine structure and anatomy: the front assembly. “If you have a bitch and her front assembly is not what you really want,” Hedgepath said, “what you gotta do is you gotta find a dog that has the front assembly you do want, which is not easy in any breed. The hardest thing to put on a dog's that front assembly. Once you find dog, …when you do that breeding, don't be taken in by that pre...


504 – Dog Trainers and Dog Breeders Working Together
11/22/2021

Dog Trainers and Dog Breeders Working Together [caption id="attachment_8671" align="alignleft" width="270"] Kayley Paylor and her Azawakh.[/caption] Kayley Paylor, like many professional dog trainers, started in her profession after acquiring a rescue dog that had issues. She became a huge advocate for the predictability and reliability of well-bred purebred dogs as a result. Paylor joins host Laura Reeves to tackle the “elephant in the room” when it comes to dog breeders and dog trainers working together. “It's one of those issues where you don't even realize that that type of (animal rights) agenda is sneaking in because the line b...


503 – Examining the History of Sighthounds with Bo Bengston
11/15/2021

Examining the History of Sighthounds with Bo Bengston Bo Bengston, author, publisher and Whippet breeder, attended his first dog show in 1958 in his native Sweden. He joins host Laura Reeves for a deep dive into the intricacies of sighthounds. “It was, right away, like lightning struck,” Bengston said. “I was 14 years old and I just knew right away that this was what I wanted to devote my life to. It was really fascinating. It was, as someone once said, a combination of zoo and circus and theater … A passion for sighthounds “You have to know a little bit about coursing if you're...


502 – Seizures in Dogs: Causes, Treatments and Considerations
11/08/2021

Seizures in Dogs: Causes, Treatments and Considerations Dr. Marty Greer joins host Laura Reeves for this month’s Veterinary Voice talking about seizures in dogs. Type of seizure, age of onset, causes and treatments are all up for discussion today. “Seizures can be actually epilepsy, which has probably got a genetic component to it,” Greer said. “Where the dog has an epileptic tendency. Typically those are going to be seen in certain breeds of dogs and they typically happen between two and four years of age for the first seizure. If we're seeing seizures or seizure type activity or episodes in reall...


“The Rest of the Story” -- From Craigslist to Number One Field Spaniel
11/01/2021

“The Rest of the Story” -- From Craigslist to Number One Field Spaniel Mikala Seymour and her Field Spaniel, Riley, are an impressive team. Riley, GCHB CH Bruce's Living the Life @ Upland, is currently the number one field spaniel all-systems and a national specialty winner, entirely owner-handled. This is a significant accomplishment for anyone. But “the rest of the story” is the impressive part. Mikala just turned 18 years old. And Riley came to her through Craigslist, as a three year old. A junior handler and a backyard dog teaming up to successfully take on the dog show world is not an every...


Episode 500!!! Celebration of Pure Dog Talk!
10/25/2021

Episode 500!!! Celebration of Pure Dog Talk! Welcome to Pure Dog Talk! I am your host Laura Reeves….. These words hit the airwaves for the first time almost exactly five years ago … Five HUNDRED times later, I still have to think about my tone and cadence and inflection. Maybe just a bit less these days lol… Sort of like you guys learning to show your dog, I am entirely self-taught how to do this job and I am eternally grateful that you all have joined me in what has been a pretty incredible journey. Today’s episode is a pure cork popping...


499 – Tips, Suggestions and Ideas for Growing Clubs
10/11/2021

Tips, Suggestions and Ideas for Growing Clubs Pure Dog Talk Patrons join in a roundtable discussion of “how do we grow our clubs.” How do we bring the energy and enthusiasm of new members and combine it with the knowledge and experience of long-term members to make something good that grows. Recorded live at Bonneville Basin Kennel Association in Farmington, Utah. Outtakes “Cute kids and puppies sell newspapers. Get the media here. Get the media here talking about the great thing the dog shows are. It's a family event. My kids are here doing this instead of off doing something sketch...


498 – Stephanie Seabrook Hedgepath on Structure
10/11/2021

Stephanie Seabrook Hedgepath on Structure AKC judge, Pembroke Welsh Corgi breeder, author and speaker Stephanie Seabrook Hedgepath joins host Laura Reeves for a conversation about canine structure. Hedgepath walks us through what’s important when evaluating a dog’s structure. “You gotta know where to put your hands,” Hedgepath said. “You've got to understand the skeletal structure of the dog because that's the basis of the whole thing. Now a skeleton by itself can't move. It's gotta have muscles and ligaments and all of that, but you've got to understand the basics underneath … you also have to understand balance. “That front assembly...


497 – Vet Voice: OTC and Home Remedies for Common Ailments
10/04/2021

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496 -- Owner Handlers: Make a Plan, Manage Expectations
09/27/2021

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495 -- Amanda On… Owner Handlers, Winning, Losing and Fun
09/20/2021

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494 -- Traveling with dogs – Pro Tips, Life Hacks and Tools for Success
09/13/2021

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493 – Leptospirosis: Deadly Disease for You and Your Dog
09/06/2021

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492 – Made in America: Western Ranch Dogs Go Mainstream
08/30/2021

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491 – Show Dogs or Breeding Dogs: the Same Dogs?
08/23/2021

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490 – History, High Fashion and Legends at Morris and Essex
08/16/2021

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489 – Lorraine Bisso on the Irish Setter: “most beautiful of all dogs”
08/09/2021

Lorraine Bisso on the Irish Setter: “most beautiful of all dogs”AKC judge and Irish Setter breeder Lorraine Bisso shares her passion for the breed with host Laura Reeves. “The standard tells you that it's termed by artists, the most beautiful of all dogs,” Bisso said. “I tell people when I do judge’s education, when the dog walks in the ring, if your heart doesn't skip a beat by the beautiful color, the symmetry, the silhouette, before you even get to know the dog, then something is missing. In this beautiful, drop-dead gorgeous dog beats a soul not to be matched...


488 – Veterinary Voice: Congenital and/or Hereditary Definitions
08/03/2021

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487 -- Cavanaugh on Collaboration, Change and Carrots
07/26/2021

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486 -- Wayne Cavanaugh: the “Total Dog” Man
07/19/2021

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485 -- Korean Jindo: Independent, reserved, polite and serious
07/12/2021

Korean Jindo: Independent, reserved, polite and serious[caption id="attachment_8587" align="alignleft" width="225"] Hannah Yi and her Jindo practicing for Junior Showmanship competition.[/caption] Hannah Yi and Nichole Royer join host Laura Reeves to share information about the rare and fascinating https://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/jindo/ (Korean Jindo). Developed on Jindo Island, off South Korea’s coast, as an isolated population of centuries old village dogs, the breed is a cultural icon in its home country. Renowned for its ability to find its way home, a feature memorialized in Korean culture, Jindo are dedicated hunting dogs and very serious ab...


484 – Five Ps in Passport to Successful Reproduction
07/05/2021

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483 -- Separation Anxiety: Myth Busting with Malena DeMartini
06/28/2021

Separation Anxiety: Myth Busting with Malena DeMartinihttps://malenademartini.com/ (Malena DeMartini), canine behavior specialist focused on separation anxiety, joins host Laura Reeves for some mythbusting around anxiety, separation anxiety, genetics and heritability of anxieties and fears, and more. “When we're talking with regard to separation anxiety, your dog is not being a jerk,” DeMartini said. “Nor are they being spiteful. Nor are they just angry at you because you're not spending enough time with them. All of that discussion, that is not what's happening. What is happening is so important that we understand from a compassion and empathy standpoint, as well a...


482 – Nutrition in Breeding Dogs with Dr. Gayle Watkins
06/21/2021

Nutrition in Breeding Dogs with Dr. Gayle WatkinsDr. Gayle Watkins, founder of Avidog and Head of Education at Good Dog, joins host Laura Reeves for a fascinating and informative conversation on the nutrition requirements for breeding dogs. Watkins addresses raw feeding, kibble and specific nutrient requirements, especially calcium:phosphorus percentages, that enable the animals in our breeding programs to be successful in conceiving and raising their litters. “We don't have a lot of really good research on optimizing nutrition for breeding animals, either stud dogs or bitches, and we have a lot of myths,” Watkins said. “If you are in the US...


481 – When the Best Laid Plans Go Awry
06/14/2021

When the Best Laid Plans Go AwryAmanda Kelly, Fwaggle Toy Manchester Terriers, joins host Laura Reeves for a conversation about dog breeding when you plan ahead, do your research and then the results don’t match the expectations. Amanda and Laura swap stories about all of the times a breeding looked great on paper and was a disaster on the ground in one way or another. The takeaway? Breeding dogs will keep you perpetually humble and learning. Unexpected markings. Dual sired litter rabbit holes. Repeat breeding pros and cons. And permission to fail. A sense of humor helps keep it al...


480 – Which Comes First: Show Ring or Whelping Box?
06/07/2021

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479 – Anxiety, FOMO or Frustration?
06/01/2021

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478 -- Bryan Martin: Read Your Standard and Dream BIS Line up
05/24/2021

Bryan Martin: Read Your Standard and Dream BIS Line upBryan Martin, retired professional handler, former AKC executive field representative and newly minted Hound group judge joins host Laura Reeves for part two of his amazing stories and advice for exhibitors. “My family would have dinner (and) during dessert, the book of standards came on the table. We had weekly discussions. ‘OK let's talk about heads tonight.’ We'd go round the table and everyone would say something and ‘OK who do you think has a good head? Who do you think has a bad head? Do you have a picture? Go get a pi...


477 -- Bryan Martin: “Bassett Boy," the Early Years
05/17/2021

Bryan Martin: “Basset Boy," the Early YearsBryan Martin, retired professional handler, former AKC executive field representative and new judge of the hound group joins host Laura Reeves for part one of a wide ranging, fascinating conversation. World famous for his work with Basset Hounds, Martin shares his early history growing up in the sport with his family and early mentors. “I was six years old in 1960 when we went to a fun match for the Fort Dearborn Basset Hound club,” Martin said. His mother had saved up her grocery money to purchase a Basset Hound bitch who was bred to a loca...


476 – Research Study Seeks to Predict Hip Dysplasia Early
05/10/2021

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475 – Multiple Sired Litters: When, Why and How with Dr. Marty Greer
05/03/2021

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474 – Dreaming of Dual Dogs: Rush Hill Golden Retrievers
04/26/2021

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473 -- Endowing the Future of Veterinarians
04/20/2021

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472 -- Linda Riedel: International Dog Shows and 50 Years of Dogs
04/12/2021

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