Show Handling

Fran and Rumor, her homebred Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, pose for a photo with judge Mr. Dennis Homes, after awarding them Best in Show.

Show Handling

Ribbons and titles and fun, oh my!

Are you a serious dog enthusiast looking for some real fun with your dog? Let’s get you into the show ring!

I’ll teach you how to show like a pro—and compete with them, too. Get ready to take home titles, ribbons, and bragging rights!

I’ll teach you how to win at:

  • Ring procedure and etiquette. Learn what to expect when you enter the ring, and how to handle yourself like a pro.
  • Ring showing. I’ll teach you gait patterns and show you how to properly gait your dog so you both move like champs in the ring.
  • The examination podium. You’ll learn hand stacking, free stacking, how to teach your dog to stand for examination, how to show your dog’s teeth to the judge, baiting, and how to emphasize your dog’s virtues.
  • Great win photos. Once you’ve won, use these techniques to help your dog shine in your win photo, something you’ll cherish forever.

Two ways to work together

  1. Customized show handling training guidance in person or online*: I’ll create a training plan customized to your show goals and your dog’s learning needs. And then, most importantly, I’ll help you implement your plan, guiding you through the training program step-by-step. We can work in person or via the convenience of live online videoconferencing.** Please note: Training exclusively online from November 2020- March 2021 for your safety.
    In-person or online show handling training:
    $125 for a single lesson – Buy Now
    $475 for 4 private lessons (Save $25) – Buy Now
    $705 for 6 private lessons (Save $45) – Buy Now

  2. Show handling classes: I teach group show handling classes (also called breed handling classes) at the Port Chester Obedience Dog Training Club in White Plains, NY.
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Curious about online show handling training?

Learn more about training online—how it works, and how well it works, too! (I love it, and I think you will, too.)

“A brag.”

“A brag—We won WB, BOW, BOB and, best of all, a Group 1 in Owner Handler. Yay to me and Alex and kudos to you for all your help and training!”  –Kathie (aka Alex’ mom)


“You gave me the confidence…”

“Jara and I thank you for your help in getting us to 2018 Top 10 Lowchen. You gave me the confidence to believe in my Lioness. We love you.”  –Jara & Rose

My student Adam and his Basenji Oak pose perfectly after their Group Placement at the Providence County Kennel Club show.
Shining in the show ring with Kate. We’re having fun together!

My favorite show handling tip

Here’s a quick tip
If you want to shine like a professional, make patience your mantra. The trick to success in the ring is to train at your dog’s speed. It’s tempting to push farther faster, but this is one area where the tortoise wins the race—and the ribbon!

Puppy training, basic manners dog training, Canine Good Citizen (CGC) prep, therapy dog training, show handling training for dog lovers and enthusiasts in but not limited to:

Bergen County – Mahwah, Oakland, Franklin Lakes, Ridgewood, Upper Saddle River, Saddle River and Allendale
Rockland County – Suffern, Nanuet, New City, West Nyack, Nyack
Westchester – Tarrytown, While Plains, Scarsdale