Pure Dog Talk Podcast: A Q&A with Host Laura Reeves
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Pure Dog Talk Podcast: A Q&A with Host Laura Reeves

Read on to learn more about the Pure Dog Talk Podcast.
Pure Dog Talk Podcast host Laura Reeves

Laura Reeves has decades of experience in breeding, training, and showing, purebred dogs. She’s also the host of the Pure Dog Talk Podcast, and will be providing her expertise for the Trupanion blog in the upcoming year. Today we’re getting to know Laura a little better with this Q&A.

What is Pure Dog Talk Podcast?

Pure Dog Talk is the voice of purebred dogs. We talk to the legends of the sport and give you tips and tools to create an awesome life with your purebred dog. From showing 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.

Purebred dogs are history and art. They are beauty and brains. They are living, breathing conduits to our past and to our future. They are our heart and our soul…and they are so much more.

All of us who are breeders, exhibitors, handlers and judges are curators of the purebred dog. At Pure Dog Talk, we support preservation breeders and the rights of everyone to own the dog of their choice, and responsibly ensure the future of their breed.

How did you get started in the industry?

Serendipity. It’s a cool word to say. It’s also the only explanation for how a professional dog handler, who rarely travels to Southern California dog shows, turned up two weekends in a row, set up next to the same complete stranger. And how these two people started an innocent-seeming conversation that translated into an industry-changing vehicle for exhibitor education.

When Mary Albee asked me to host a podcast, in mid-2016, I looked at her like she had three heads. At the time, I was actively investigating ways to create new educational opportunities for the sport. I was in the early stages of organizing the Friday Night Forum series — an opportunity for judges and exhibitors to interact directly in a moderated format.

My first question was, “What’s a podcast?” Finally, after several months of encouragement, Mary flew to southern Oregon, sat me down at my kitchen table, put a microphone in front of me and said, “go.” YEOW!

And here we are.

How has Pure Dog Talk become a part of your journey?  

Pure Dog Talk has become a pretty incredible confluence of all of my life’s adventures. My 13-year-old declarations notwithstanding, I didn’t really plan on being a professional dog handler.

Don Rodgers, my earliest mentor, was insistent — I was going to college and “make something of myself!” I was a competitive debater and award-winning public speaker in high school. My college internship was giving presentations to school kids on animal safety and animal care for the local Animal Shelter. I worked as a newspaper reporter and a marketing rep. I scripted audio driving tours for one of the top sound design companies in the country. Eventually, much to Don’s chagrin, I showed hundreds of dogs all around the country.

When dog handlers retire, the normal path is judging or working for AKC. It’s not shocking to those who know me that “normal” wasn’t my goal. Pure Dog Talk is my contribution to share a tremendous body of knowledge for purebred dog enthusiasts of today… and tomorrow.

What type of topics do you discuss on pure dog talk?

Literally everything! Interviews with Master Breeders, Legendary Judges and Dog Handlers, Owner Handlers, Professional Dog Trainers, Scientists, Researchers, Authors, Performance Competitors and more.

From the early episodes that include “How to Stack Your Dog” (for the show ring) to stories from an international coterie of purebred dog enthusiasts. Breed profiles to general Veterinary information.

At 350 episodes and counting, with more than a half-million downloads, Pure Dog Talk offers something for every single purebred dog owner worldwide.

How does Pure Dog Talk benefit its listeners?

Education is the key. I’ve been involved with, lived with, trained, groomed, shown, bred and judged dogs for more than 40 years. I learn something new in EVERY single episode I record. I’ve had listeners tell me Pure Dog Talk saved their dog’s life, gave their autistic child confidence to compete in Dachshund field trials, made them successful in the show ring and everything in between.

Pure Dog Talk podcast host Laura Reeves talks from preservation breeding to judging show dogs (and everything in between)

What can listeners look forward to hearing on the next episode?

(And also when do new episodes air)

Pure Dog Talk boasts new episodes every Monday and Thursday, rain or shine, near or far. The podcast is available for download on the website and at Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Spotify, or wherever podcasts are found.

In the coming month I’ll talk to people about:

  • Azawakhs
  • Australian Cattle Dogs
  • The Doberman Diversity Project
  • Professional Handling and winning Best in Show twice at Westminster Kennel Club, advances in the field of veterinary medicine and a panel discussion of what judges look for in the show and obedience rings.

Look out for upcoming guest posts by Laura Reeves in 2020!

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