SUCCESSFULLY TRAIN AND COMPETE IN THE SHOW RING - LEARN THE KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS YOU NEED TO COMPETE OR TEACH A PROFESSIONAL CURRICULUM

Presented by Vicki Ronchette, CPDT, CAP2 and 

supported by Niki Tudge, M.B.A, PCBC-A, CDBC, CDT

Who should attend this workshop?

  1. Pet owners interested in learning about show dogs. Come and learn all the skills and knowledge you need to begin competing and bring along Fido!
  2. Current Competitors - Up your game. Learn from a show dog expert, how best to train and compete at confirmation. 
  3. Dog Trainers - Develop the skills and knowledge so you can launch your own show dog classes and support you clients in achieving their goals. 



    Seminar Schedule

    Day 1: 9 AM - 4 PM, with breaks 10:30-10:45 (refreshments), 12-1 (lunch) and 2:30-2:45 (refreshments).

    Day 2: 9 AM - 4 PM, with breaks 10:30-10:45 (refreshments), 12-1 (lunch) and 2:30-2:45 (refreshments).

    Monthly Payment Options Available!

    Day One, September 22, 2018

    Whether you are brand new to the show ring or are a seasoned handler, this workshop will have a lot of information for you! If you are confused about how dog shows work, this workshop will answer all those questions! This workshop is designed to be a complete introduction and explanation of dog shows including how dog shows work, the process of finishing a dog’s championship, what to expect at a show, ring procedure, how the classes work and so much more! We will cover the specific behaviors that a show dog needs to know and how to train those core behaviors. Finally, we will look at typical show dog “issues” and how to problem solve those issues as well as more complex ones.

    You will learn:

    • How dog shows work
    • The behaviors necessary for the show ring and how to train them
    • Requirements for finishing a championship
    • The dog show classes
    • Ring procedure
    • What to wear
    • How to problem solve show ring issues


    Day Two, September 23, 2018

    The Industry’s Hidden Treasure – Conformation Classes and Coaching

    Am Session 

    There is a huge area of dog training business that is not being utilized by most dog trainers and that is working with show dogs. So many people don’t take on show dog clients because they don’t feel they have enough experience, but there is a lot that skilled positive reinforcement trainers have to offer and this workshop will help them put the pieces together to offer conformation classes. Since the release of her first book in 2007, Vicki has created many successful techniques for training and perfecting show ring behaviors and walked the line between being a successful positive reinforcement trainer and being an owner/handler/breeder in the show ring. She has coached many longtime breeders, breed enthusiasts and professional handlers to teach them new ways to approach show dog training and problem solving.

    What you will learn:

    • How to work with show dogs in your basic classes
    • How to build a conformation/handling class curriculum
    • An overview of what show dogs need to know
    • Dealing with show dog extended families (breeders, co-owners, handlers)
    • Different types of conformation classes

    PM Session with Niki Tudge

    Time is of the essence and most of us have less than we like. In the afternoon  session on day two Niki Tudge will present on a topic called "Getting the Best Bang for your Buck". This is a short, fun and eye opening session geared for all levels. Make the best of your time, enjoy what you do and see results in the ring. During  this session you will learn:

    • How to break teaching tasks down into lesson plans, lessons and session.

    • How to structure your sessions so the learner, human or pet can best assimilate the new skills and knowledge

    • How to train-test-test so you are sure that your learning has grasped the concepts and information and is able to demonstrate them

    • How to use feedback loops to ensure your student completed the experiential learning cycle, critical to performance competence

    • How to get the best from your student in a happy and productive manner!


    Attend &  Learn - Support the growth of your clients and your business. 

    We Guarantee You Will Get  A Return on Your Investment from the Education You Will Receive by the Implementation of New Services!






    Come and enjoy a long weekend of  learning and fun at The DogSmith Training Center. The facility is located on 24 acres of lake front land just 20 minutes from down-town Tampa. A 2000 square feet, air-conditioned school room will be your learning center, supported by out door activities with lots of room to run and roam!


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