For years, the Animal Rights organizations such as PETA and HSUS, have methodically used brilliant marketing techniques to sway the public. Language invented by Animal Rights groups such as “Adopt, Don’t Shop” and heart-wrenching commercials of mistreated animals reinforce the “rescue good, breeders bad” mentality now commonplace with the public.
Many of our top handlers, breeders and judges today started in the AKC junior showmanship ring. This sport is specifically targeted for children ages 9 to 18. The classes are designed to judge the child’s skill and teamwork with the dog, rather than the dog’s adherence to a breed standard.
In researching a PureDogTalk podcast, I recently asked a simple question of a handful of current and former junior handlers which turned into a tremendously powerful discussion.