12 Ways to Excel as an Owner-Handler

Learn 12 ways that YOU can excel as an Owner-Handler. These 12 tutorials can be applied NOW and will help you with your short- and long-term goals in the dog show world.

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"12 Ways to Excel as an Owner-Handler" includes 12 tutorials to help you do just that - excel as an Owner-Handler! In this course, every day for 12 days we will bring you a new, informative tutorial from a range of topics to help you with your show dogs. These tutorials are meant to be "action items" that you can put to use right away, or at your next show, to help you excel.

Daily until August 9th, 2022, a new tutorial will be released. Sign up at any time between July 29th - August 9th and you will receive ALL of the tutorials, no matter when you sign up. You will have access to ALL tutorials that have previously been released and all tutorials yet to be released. **AFTER AUGUST 9TH: You will keep ALL 12 tutorials - you will never lose access.

Each daily tutorial will be a surprise topic, but topics center around planning & goal setting, breed-specific grooming & handling, critiques, breed standards, and more. We have put these tutorials together with all levels of owners, handlers & groomers in mind, as well as topics that we are frequently asked about. Maybe you're just curious about being an owner-handler and want to know about some of the things involved - this is a great way to get a taste of the dog show world!

Tutorials will include a video, and diagrams, written text, checklists, timelines, or a combination thereof. Some of our tutorials are new, never-before-seen content!

PLUS, every day you will find a coupon code for a LEDSA course related to the daily tutorial.

Includes a special offer at checkout - 50% off our webinar recording "Target Training 2.0!"


Course Curriculum


  Introduction - Welcome to "12 Ways to Excel as an Owner-Handler"!
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  DAY 3 - Interpret Your Breed Standard
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  DAY 4 - Critically Examine Your Dog
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  DAY 5 - Create a Vision Board
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  DAY 7 - Grooming & Trimming Critiques
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  DAY 9 - Breed-Specific Grooming & Handling
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  DAY 11 - Get Yourself in Shape
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  Conclusion
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Your Instructor


Allison Alexander
Allison Alexander

I showed my first dog in Junior Handling when I was 7 years old, I went 5th out of 5 in a junior handling class, I cried, but despite that humble beginning I was instantly hooked!

Believing that you should always do what you love, I became a professional handler in 1987 and I have been presenting Canada's (and the world’s) top dogs ever since. With more than 550 All-Breed Best in Shows, I am proud to have been highly awarded at such prestigious shows as Crufts, the World Dog Show, Westminster Kennel Club and the AKC Invitational. As well I have had Top Dog All breeds in Canada 3 separate times, all three dogs are still record holder’s in their own right.

In addition to my wins as an all-breed handler, I have spent more than 30 years perfecting the art of presenting one of the dog world's most difficult breeds to master: The Poodle. Today, I am internationally recognized as one of the world's most talented and experienced Poodle handlers. I have presented seminars on grooming Poodles all over this planet. . I am also the Creative Educational Advisor and Specialist for Chris Christensen Systems.

I have proven that hard work, dedication and passion can take you absolutely everywhere in this wonderful sport, which is why I am committed to supporting, promoting and giving back to the dog community. Currently, I am President of the Canadian Professional Dog Handlers Association, Vice-President of the Canadian Kennel Club Foundation, I have been CKC Junior Handling representative for both Nova Scotia and South Western Ontario. I am a regular contributor to dog magazines in several countries. I have mentored several of the Top Professional Handlers in the USA and Canada as well as coached 3 Juniors to win the Canadian National one of whom went on to win Crufts World Junior Handling Competition.

In 2017, I launched Leading Edge Dog Show Academy, the world's first on-line dog show training school. My mission is to help mentor a new generation of dog show enthusiasts through innovative video-based grooming and handling lessons. LEDSA has won the award for Best On-line Education each year since it’s inception. I look forward to working with enthusiastic students as they perfect their skills on the way to the winner's circle.

Sit back, as I bring a lifetime of grooming and handling lessons to video, here at Leadingedge Dog Show Academy.


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish. Tutorials will be released daily between July 29 - August 9, 2022, but you can access them at any time, including beyond August 9th.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own. Each day a new tutorial will be released and you will have access to all the released tutorials, no matter when you sign up, and all the yet-to-be released tutorials (daily release).

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