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Allison On: Tips from the Top on Drop Coat GroomingAllison Alexander, founder of (Leading Edge Dog Show Academy) and President of the Canadian Professional Handlers Association, joins host Laura Reeves to talk about grooming drop coated breeds, from maintenance to polish. Allison’s years of experience provide enormous insight into the maintenance on coated breeds from a Maltese to a Briard. Along with professional tips on the tools of the trade…. What kind of pin brush, what type of wraps, HOW to wrap and band. We cover it all right here. Read on for just the tip of the iceberg. And click to listen to the entire fabulous conversation. “Obviously the basics start with line brushing,” Allison said. “And one thing I will say about drop coats, and people might disagree with me, but drop coats more than any other coat type, you can't have a bad day. “Even a poodle in full show coat, you can skip a bath. They could get wet in a rainstorm or snowstorm and it's midnight and you've driven for two days to get home and, I’m not recommending it, but you can let them get away with like towel him dry, sleeping it off overnight and starting the next day. You have a long coat, especially as single-coated long coat, and you do not have those options. “So the commitment is like times 10 to me. There are no days off. So when it comes to line brushing to me to keep a really fully coated drop coat breed in coat, line brushing has to be something that you’re doing every day. You’re going to change those wraps every day. You're going to change that topknot every day. You're going to make sure that they look perfect. “When it comes to line brushing, my kind of general rule of thumb is, the longer the coat the more coat they have, the longer the pin in the pin brush. When it comes to a single-coated drop coat, I'm going to use a brush with a slightly softer pad firmness. The double-coated drop coats, I'm going to use a brush that has a slightly firmer pad that the pins go in. “We also know that no matter what we're brushing, but again more important for long coats, never, ever brush the coat dry. You need some kind of brushing spray, whether it's a brushing spray that's just cutting down on static, whether it's one that's adding some kind of conditioner to the coat or whether it's a detangling brushing spray. But they cannot be brushed dry. You'll just keep snapping those ends off. “When I am line brushing, I like to teach my dog to lay down on their side. Especially a drop coat because obviously, with that longer outer coat hanging down, you're not going to get underneath. So if you're drop coated dog is standing up, even if it's a Skye terrier, even if it's a Briard, how are you going to hold all of that coat up out of your way. You're not going to be able to do that. So the first thing you can do is teach your dog to lay down on the table. “Remember that our grooming tables are fabulous, they have non slip surfaces, but they are not the thing that our dog really wants to lay on. When I'm laying my dogs down to be line brushed, they typically have maybe a yoga mat, a grooming mat or like a thin dog bed, at the very least a nice thick bath towel underneath them. Mine typically have some kind of grooming mat and then a nice thick bath towel underneath them so that they're comfortable. 'Cause you're going to be here for awhile. “You're going to start at the very shortest hair like as far down on the belly as you can and then I like to take the sections when I'm line brushing… so line brushing actually means going line by line through the coat… you have to create those lines. So, you're creating those lines, typically you could use a knitting needle. I like to use a plastic rat tail comb. Some people use a metal rat tail comb, some people get really good at using their fingers. “I like to go about a finger width between each line 'cause sometimes people are lined brushing but they're using Support this podcast
Autoimmune Disorders: Thyroid Disease[caption id="attachment_8506" align="alignleft" width="199"] Dr. Robin Nelson, DVM and her GWP, Outlaw, CH/VC Scotian Tougher than Leather, JH, UDX.[/caption] Dr. Robin Nelson, DVM joins host Laura Reeves for a deep dive into the impacts of autoimmune mediated thyroiditis, both on individual animals and on breeding programs in general. “The thyroid gland is a little gland on either side of the windpipe in all dogs,” Nelson said. “It is behind metabolism, so it affects nerves, organs, the brain… it is in charge of a lot of things, so presentation can vary. When I first graduated (Iowa State University, College of Veterinary Medicine), if you didn't have a morbidly obese patient, thyroid didn't cross your mind. It just wasn't a concern. “Certainly, obesity or weight gain without an explanation, without caloric intake increase (is a symptom) but even alopecia across the nose, unexplained lameness, chronic skin conditions, chronic ear conditions, vestibular disease… the list is long. Seizures, I mean if we have a dog with seizures (in the clinic), we look at thyroid function. “The important piece of the equation, when we're talking about thyroid, is how many different bodily systems it impacts … if your gut feeling is -- ‘I've treated my dog skin appropriately or I'm not feeding my dog that much food that it should be overweight or here's my dog that has loved to train, its young still, why is it all of a sudden selecting to sleep in the sunshine not firing up to do its job’ -- those are all subtle (clues)… thyroid disease can also mimic all sorts of medical conditions, so trying to confirm that it's thyroid disease is a whole ‘nother process. “I just think if we don't look for it, we don't see it. It is common. As a practicing veterinarian, it is out there. There's nothing better than diagnosing it and having your patient respond because it is so treatable and the majority of the symptoms disappear with synthetic thyroid hormone (which is) inexpensive. “(Owners should) look for a lab that actively searches for the different numbers that you need to confirm a diagnosis. You need to make sure that the free T4 is measured by equilibrium dialysis that will allow that number not to be affected by medication, not to be affected by most other systemic disorders. “Just as a veterinarian, I worry more about the numbers of people that don't test at all. There are a lot of breeds with thyroid disease. I will tell you that there's even a range, for me, looking at equivocal… I have told people, if you have an equivocal profile and everything else about your dog is so fantastic you can't hardly stand to think that it won't be in the gene pool, then minimally you need to really do a lot of vertical and horizontal (pedigree research) on both sides of the pedigree. "There are lots of equivocals that go on to produce and I think there are lots of people who have equivocals that everything else is looking good, they just breed. But at some point, equivocal can turn into autoimmune mediated thyroiditis. “Hypothyroidism is a process that occurs over years. A dog is not hypothyroid until about 70% of its thyroid gland is destroyed. So, you have a list of numbers that you've used to assess thyroid function and it's such a gradual process … Technically, people should be testing dogs in a breeding program annually, not just taking the two year old result.” For additional insight on thyroid disease, listen to Dr. Jean Dodds (here). Support this podcast
Talk ON! Juniors and Canine PartnersAs part of Pure Dog Talk’s commitment to engaging conversations, modeling appropriate dialogue and encouraging thoughtful discussion, we are bringing you two sides of the currently white-hot topic in the dog world: AKC’s pilot program to allow junior handlers to exhibit Canine Partners in Junior Showmanship classes. From (Dog News):At its January meeting, the American Kennel Club board of directors green-lighted a proposal from the Delegate Junior Sub-Committee and AKC staff to allow non-purebreds to be exhibited in Junior Showmanship.The AKC pilot program is modeled after the rules used in 4-H, where mixed breeds are permitted. In order to compete, dogs must have an AKC Canine Partner number and meet the ownership eligibility criteria. Juniors will indicate the breed that the dog is being exhibited as on the entry form. So, for example, a dog entered as a Golden Retriever mix would be presented in the same way as a purebred Golden.The rationale for allowing mixed breeds in Junior Showmanship is to provide an opportunity for a wider range of youngsters to participate in the sport of dogs, and give them an opportunity to learn, practice and improve their handling skills, as well as find mentors.This pilot program will go into effect on July 1, 2021, and continue for 18 months before it is assessed in 2022. It is limited to all-breed shows or events holding all-breed Juniors.Predictably, this topic has engendered heated discussion amongst the children and adults who populate this arena. Sadly, many of those conversations have devolved into the 21st century curse of ugly discourse. As an antidote to this, we’re bringing you two weeks of conversation, devil’s advocate positions and insight from two perspectives in this debate. Listeners may or may not agree with one “side” or the other. But I firmly believe that until we *hear* one another, we can’t make progress … in anything. Feel free to share your thoughts on the Pure Dog Talk FB page, or here in the comments. But rest assured, ANY ugliness, name calling or other inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated. Be passionate AND polite. Today, Jody Davidson, long time Juniors coach and advocate, along with Bevin Towell, junior showmanship exhibitor, join host and moderator Laura Reeves to make the case for their position. Next week we are joined by 4H leader and advocate Sarah Gardner for the “rebuttal.” As always, talk ON!   Support this podcast
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