01/03/2013: How the Judge Sees You Showing Your Dog, Part V – A Moving PictureIt seems just about everyone watches at least one of the TV dance shows nowadays - ”Dancing With the Stars,” “So You Think You Can Dance,” or “All the Right Moves.” I watch in awe as to what the professionals are capable of doing with their bodies and what they are able to teach the beginner.
12/03/2012: How the Judge Sees You Showing Your Dog, Part IV – Who Sees What?It usually doesn’t take more than a minute or two to realize who in your ring is a veteran at showing dogs and who the beginner is, but often we who judge are dumbfounded to realize someone you were sure was just a beginner has been showing dogs for years!
11/09/2012: That Thing You Do!You went to the top (or as close as you could get), and the dog you got has the bluest blood known to the free world. You’re now the proud owner of that wonder pup you dreamed about owning. All the work is done and the two of you are ready to burn up the rings - right?
10/11/2012: How the Judge Sees You Showing Your Dog, Part II - Formula For SuccessThere is no point in my recommending which breed might be wise for you to start your adventures into the world of show dogs with. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and once you’ve become involved with purebred dogs you may be amazed at how your tastes may change.
09/06/2012: How the Judge Sees You Showing Your Dog, Part IThere have been hundreds of books, articles and videos directed at learning to show dogs well, but as far as my research has revealed none of these instructive and informative tools have been presented from the perspective of the judge. The judge? Well, surprise - ask yourself, who is it that exhibitors are tirelessly learning to hone their handling skills for? You got it, the judge.
08/07/2012: General Rules - Specific BreedsThose who have read my columns over the years are aware that I consider the American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT) and American Staffordshire Terriers (AmStaffs) two (or in so many cases one) of the strongest breeds being shown pretty much around the world. Whenever possible I make it point to watch American Pit Bull Terrier judging. It seems there are always some good ones competing, and invariably there are puppies waiting in the wings to challenge the adults. The breeds’ temperament, type and adherence to origin and purpose stand second to none.
07/13/2012: Getting to the Bottom of it AllNo dog - no matter how great, no matter how many Bests In Show it might have won - has it all. There has never been a perfect dog, and I sincerely doubt that there ever will be. Breed standards do ask for it all, how- ever, and rightly so. It’s a case of the old adage that goes something like, “If you’re going to bother shooting, shoot for the moon!” You may not hit the target every time you shoot, but you sure as shootin’ aren’t going to hit the moon ever, if you don’t at least try.
06/04/2012: How Important Is Showmanship?There are some dogs that live for the weekend when they join their owners to become the center of attention at the local dog show. Others, it appears, love the time with their owners but find something severely intimidating about walking through those ring ropes. The at-home extrovert suddenly becomes a shrinking violet.
05/01/2012: Look to the Past for Success in the FutureThere probably haven’t been many who have carried the banner for the appreciation of breed type any more militantly than I, nor have I been reluctant to remind the judging cadre of their great responsibility in this respect. However, through all this I have never believed for a moment that breed improvement, or for that matter, breed maintenance was entirely the judges’ responsibility.
04/02/2012: Year-End Shows - From Inside the RingAs each year heads towards its finale, those who are avid exhibitors can’t help but think about those Top Ten aspirations. The last few months of the year are the last shot at securing a place among the Top Ten or perhaps even winding up the year at the very top of the breed.