Handling Tips:

From Novice to Knowledgeable

Join our upcoming webinar! | Thursday October 19th @ 4pm PT

The road to improving your handling techniques might take you some time... but in the meantime, there's lots of things you CAN learn & improve on to make sure you stand out as a novice handler for all of the right reasons (and not the wrong reasons!).

In this webinar, we to share with you some of the things we find novice handlers often struggle with; ring procedure, following judge instructions, having the proper equipment to handle your dog, how to calmly yet efficiently move through the ring procedure, how to collect your dog (and yourself) before gaiting... there is LOTS you can improve while you continue to practice on becoming a better handler.

You will walk away from this knowing more about...

  • General ring procedure
  • How to know a judge's specific ring procedure
  • How to know what the judge will ask (before they ask it)
  • How to communicate with the judge and ring steward
  • Showing your dog in a breed-specific manner
  • Having breed-specific equipment (e.g. proper lead & collar)
  • How to enter the ring
  • How to leave the ring
  • Knowing when you are needed in the ring
  • Having control over your dog in the ring
  • When (and when not) to use a courtesy turn
  • Mastering the judge's exam
  • Don’t rush, take your time (to an extent) 
  • Collect your dog and yourself
  • Have confidence in the ring!

Note: In this webinar we will share some tips for handling "how-to's" (stacking, gaiting, free-baiting techniques) but largely the tips we share will have to do with ring procedure knowledge.

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Curated Q&A

As always, our curated Q&A is here to help with any and all questions. The deadline to submit questions, photos and videos is Monday, October 17th @ midnight PT. Use the form provided once enrolled, and your question & answer will be featured in the webinar!

Allison Alexander

Believing that you should always do what you love, Allison Alexander became a professional handler in 1987 and presented Canada's top dogs for over 30 years. Allison has bred, owned, groomed and handled many breeds across all seven groups and has finished more than 2000 champions!

With more than 750 All-Breed Best in Shows, she is proud to have been highly awarded at such prestigious shows as Crufts, the World Dog Show, Westminster Kennel Club, and the AKC Invitational.

In 2017, Allison launched Leading Edge Dog Show Academy, the world's first online dog show training school. Her mission is to help mentor a new generation of dog show enthusiasts through innovative video-based grooming and handling lessons. She looks forward to working with enthusiastic students as they perfect their skills on the way to the winner's circle!

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