Boston Swimmers

Just as swimming is an excellent way to get fit for humans, it is also good for dogs. Swimming provides an aerobic workout that strengthens the heart and lungs, cuts weight, tones and builds up muscles.

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Bostons in Agility

Dog Agility is the fun sport for you and your dog. The team of dog and handler negotiate a course of obstacles. Actually, the dog negotiates the obstacles with the handler providing direction through the course.

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Bostons in Conformation

The sport of showing dogs in conformation is a long held tradition with very simple roots. A conformation dog show is a place to "show" your dog to judges who are experts in their chosen breed.

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Bostons in Conformation

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The sport of showing dogs in conformation is a long held tradition with very simple roots. A conformation dog show is a place to "exhibit" your dog to judges who are experts in their chosen breed.

Your local dog show is a great place for you to show off your dog, and with a few minor training skills. You too can be ready for the ring in this very challenging sport. Competing or just attending will always be extremely rewarding. The fellowship gained with the dog "fancy" when gathered is truly a special time! Beginners are encouraged, and youth handlers (yes, get your kids involved!) are given every courtesy! We love to see this sport grow!

Here is some basic information about how a "Conformation" dog show works. It is a competitive dog sport that involves the presentation of purebred dogs to be judged for correspondence to respective breed standards.

Conformation shows are designed to display purebred dogs with ideal characteristics of their respective breeds as determined by a purebred dog association such as the American Kennel Club or the United Kennel Club. Ultimately, the goal is to maintain and even improve each breed so that future lines of the breeds remain of the highest quality.

During conformation, show dogs are judged by knowledgeable and experienced purebred experts. These judges look at the dogs' physical characteristics, movement/gait, and temperament to determine which dogs measure up most closely to the breed standard. Dogs first compete with their own breed (by class, divided by age, weight, amateur owner handler class and more) for Best of Breed, with the winner going on to compete for "Best of Group" (sporting, non-sporting, toy, and more).

Winners of each group go on to compete for "Best in Show", where one dog for that show is judged on structure along with gait etc.

Championship points which are awarded at the breed level competition,and accumulate until a dog has reached 15 points (or more). A dog is not declared a Champion until he/she has won "major points" (3-5 points per show) two times. Point value is determined by the number of dogs competing in each class. When more dogs compete in a class, there will be more points available. There is a defining amount of entries for each point value which varies from region to region and this number changes occasionally.

The dog also needs to be awarded "major" points by more than one judge. There is a defining amount of entries for each point value which varies from region to region and this number changes anually, based on the number of entries the previous year.For more detailed information visit www.akc.org

For more information, please contact Carol Hanke or Nicki O'Connor

Bostons in Lure Coursing

Lure Coursing is a performance event developed in the early 70's by Lyle Gillette and other California sighthound fanciers who hunted jackrabbits in the open field, risking the harm caused by barbed wire fencing.

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Bostons in Tracking

With a keen sense of smell –100,000 times stronger than humans – dogs are often used to find lost people and animals, drugs, avalanche and disaster victims, and even to detect cancer.

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Bostons in Therapy

The use of canines to help mankind is known throughout the world. They have been used for guarding flocks, tracking, hunting, search and rescue, leading the blind, and in assisting the deaf and physically challenged.

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