Posts By bisd

Owner Handlers: Why Do We Go to Nationals?

When talking to regular (ie not dog show) people, I always have a difficult time relaying just how big our National Specialty is. I’ve tried sports analogies like the US Open (golf or tennis, take your pick); or, the Olympics (but every year). That is usually met with a polite smile. I have tried entertainment… read more


Owner Handlers — It’s Okay to Be Happy If It Weren’t for the Grousing

Once again, I find myself comparing the workplace to the showplace. There was a time in my (real) career that I honestly thought my job was to find the pitfalls in my company’s way forward. I looked at it as an opportunity to head off disaster – the well prepared is well armed approach. The… read more


Owner Handlers: What’s Your Next Chapter?

Sunsetting In business, we refer to ‘sunsetting’ a program, service, or product when it has passed its prime and it is now time to bring in a replacement (or not depending on your business). The importance of knowing when to let your product exit gracefully stage left is critical and ignoring that need can be… read more


Owner Handlers and the Importance of Sportsmanship

Sportsmanship is so important to the AKC that the policy is included in our entry premiums and show schedules. The penalties for violating this policy are a bit steep, at least in dog show terms, since they include suspension and fines. Most of us in the dog show community don’t know how to handle the… read more

Attention Breeder/Owner Handlers – Dreams Can Come True

As I write this, it has been 10 days since the conclusion of breed judging at the 2014 Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of the United States National Specialty in Farmington, Utah; and 7 days since I have returned home from the trip. Things have pretty much returned to normal with one important exception: one of the… read more

Breeder/Owner-Handlers Are Not the Minor League

Some lessons that I have learned over the years seemed so small when I learned them and yet have stood by me better than anything I was ever tested on in school. One of these came from a college psychology professor more decades ago than I care to admit. I won’t try to quote him… read more

Owner Handlers and the Two Minute Rule

It’s one of the first things we are taught when we start showing: in general, judges will take 2 minutes per dog to judge their assignment. Later you learn that this isn’t so much a tool to estimate when you are actually going in the ring, and more a real rule, the enforcement of which… read more

The Internet Empowers Owner-Handlers

I grew up in the incredibly small state of Delaware – the butt of many jokes mostly made up and perpetuated by other Delawareans. My joke has been that Delaware has three degrees of separation instead of the six degrees supposedly existing everywhere else. Everyone in Delaware appears to be either related, a graduate of… read more

Short Circuits Benefit Owner-Handlers

For the Memorial Day weekend, I decided to go to the Langley Kennel Club dog shows in Langley, Va. This club has a wonderful venue – a large, bright convention center with ample free parking, lots of grass to exercise dogs, waste receptacles complete with free cleanup bags and staff that regularly cleans up –… read more