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review by: Jan Irving 2006-11-01

'When working with any dog, regardless of age, there are several important factors n training him, First, you must always be consistent. Being consistent in your expectations of the dog in general, in your training sessions, in praising him and even in correction you will have to give from time to time. Secondly, the length of time you spend working with your dog training him for the show ring should be realistic. Ten or fifteen minutes at one session is the maximum time to work with a dog. If you or your dog become frustrated during a training session, stop immediately, and resume later.' is one piece of hundreds of sound advice in this book.

The first edition (and the volume I am reviewing) was published in 1978, by the famous American handlers Jeff and Betty Brucker. The authors cover a range of topics, often only lightly in text, but then many subjects are supported by excellent photos of what the handler should be trying to achieve. There are things I would not condone and recommendations about how to overcome issues that I would never practice, but the bulk is useful and thoughtful information.

At just 122 pages the authors have limited how much information they can give, but this is one of the rare titles to also discuss how to overcome faults within your show dog (so the book should be of use to the astute judge too].

And for the non-USA resident, there are of course many sections you can skim over or even plain avoid as they discuss the American show ring and procedure. However, overall there is a lot of valuable information even in this first edition and a handler keen to hone their skills or someone toying with the idea of showing their dog will gain much useful information that could translate into more wins at shows.

'The person exhibiting the dog must be knowledgeable of dog shows in general and in specific know ring procedure, decorum, etiquette, and judging procedure. In addition, he must be very familiar with his dog, both the good aspects and the less desirable points. The handler of the dog is responsible for presenting the dog in the best manner possible.' =

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