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The Alexanders – Focus on International Judging

International judges David and Carolyn Alexander, talk about their judging experiences around the world.

In Part 1, the focus is China, Taiwan, Thailand and Korea. They share insights and revelations about the quality of dogs and the cultural aspects of the Global Dog Community.

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Brian Cordova ShowSight

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In this interview, Brian shares unexpected insights into the world of advertising. He has a long history in the sport of purebred dogs and connections with the greats of all time that frame his world view in dogs. This interview will change your entire perception of advertising. Copyright 2017 Lee Whittier. All Rights Reserved.

Jonathan David for Kenchii Part II

In this two-part series of Scissors 101, world-renowned speaker and grooming contest judge Jonathan David talks about the materials and construction of various quality shears and shares his secrets to how to choose he right scissors. In Part II, Jonathan will help you understand the use and care of your scissors and shears. We are grateful to Jonathan for sharing his time with the members and friends of the Dog Show Mentor program.

Jonathan David has been a guest on Animal Planet Dogs 101, Good Morning America, and The View. Jonathan is also a grooming contest judge and much sought after speaker who judges and teaches internationally. He developed and owns the Lap of Luxury Dog Spa, the most unique pet boutique of its kind in South Florida. Dog Show Mentor is honored to have Jonathan as a guest.

These videos are free to friends of this program. Click on the picture below for the video. Thank you Jonathan!

Jonathan David & his beloved Biewer Terrier

Be The Expert! The Tibetan Terrier

Member Spotlight On the Tibetan Terrier

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The best way to learn a topic in depth (and to be known as an expert) is to teach it, and that’s exactly what we’re doing at Dog Show Mentor. In this epic segment of the program, members learn the art of being a mentor to others in the Sport.

The Dog Show Mentor program supports the education of its members for the purpose of mentoring fellow exhibitors and judges in their primary breeds. Each member has the opportunity to create a short presentation based on their breed standard which is recorded and presented to the other members of the group.

Members learn the proper terminology and verbiage to effectively share their expertise with all levels of students of their breed. They learn what judges want and need to know to judge a breed well. Become known as an expert in your breed when you can relate key components of type in a clear, concise manner. Join the group that is dedicated to excellence! Be The Expert!

Stephanie Seabrook Hedgepath Interview

Stephanie Seabrook Hedgepath talks about how dogs move based on their structure, sheds light on form & function, and shares tips on how to identify what it is we see when dogs move. Her new DVD, expanding on her Pembroke Welsh Corgi DVD, is coming out this Fall. Watch for the announcement on this blog.

To view this and other Dog Show Mentor interviews, apply for membership here.

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Be The Expert! The English Cocker Spaniel

Member Spotlight On the English Cocker Spaniel

The best way to learn a topic in depth (and to be known as an expert) is to teach it, and that’ exactly what we’re doing at Dog Show Mentor. In this epic segment of the program, members learn the art of being a mentor to others in the Sport.

The Dog Show Mentor program supports the education of its members for the purpose of mentoring fellow exhibitors and judges in their primary breeds. Each member has the opportunity to create a short presentation based on their breed standard which is recorded and presented to the other members of the group. 

Members learn the proper terminology and verbiage to effectively share their expertise with all levels of students of their breed. They learn what judges want and need to know to judge a breed well. Become known as an expert in your breed when you can relate key components of type in a clear, concise manner. Join the group that is dedicated to excellence! Be The Expert! 

English Cocker Spaniels

Bruce Schwartz on Montgomery County KC

Bruce Schwartz, President of Montgomery County KC talks about what makes MCKC so special in the world of purebred dogs and particularly in the World of Terriers.

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Don’t Leave Your Common Sense at Home!

“Don’t leave your common sense at home!” Unknown*

Last weekend I was judging some Working breeds. You know, the breeds where you never want to be caught in between two testosterone-filled dogs. In a couple of these breeds, I found the common sense of the handlers sorely lacking. 

Overall, the dogs were great: trained and well-behaved. What struck me was the handlers. Now don’t think I differentiate between professionals or owner-handlers. I mean both! After successfully executing the down and back, a number of them got a few feet from me and promptly turned their dog in the direction of the next dog waiting in line. This meant that the judge, myself, was sandwiched in between two of these most awesome dogs. In the cases where I wasn’t sandwiched, the dogs were practically head to head. Now, even well-trained, well-mannered dogs coming face to face are given something to think about or at least instinctively react to, in just a split second. 

Admittedly, I was impressed that the dogs were fine, but again, I found the common sense of these handlers totally absent. In several cases, I asked the handlers to swing the dogs around to face the other direction. Problem solved.

In a nutshell, use your common sense to keep the dogs safe, keep yourself safe, and from a judge’s perspective, keep the judge safe. 

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*I’m not sure who said this, but one person told me it was Mrs. Clark. I haven’t been able to attribute it to anyone, but she made so many quotable comments, I’ll give her this one too.

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