- Margery Good
- Terrie Houck, Dog Breed: Destineez Miniature Schnauzers
- Lea Ann Boles of FritzFox Toy Fox Terriers
- Daniel Sackos, Dog Breed: Geordan Irish Terriers
Hand communication between you and the dog is the basis for success. The smarter the dog, the more communication you need. Otherwise, the dog decides himself in the ring. The video footage and high-speed photography Eric uses in his workshops, is unique for this kind of training. It cannot be fooled. You see proof if you like it or not. When you attend a workshop, you will see transformations in dogs that are nearly unbelievable. Dogs jumping, barking, pulling... sometimes everything in one dog. But as soon as they get the "head straight", these problems disappear, and the dog can show its full potential. You just must be consistent. Moreover, this way of showing keeps the spark in the dog, it keeps the attitude and the temperament. It doesn't "break" the dog. And this is so important!
You have a dog that has a great potential, and you would like to show him by yourself? Look on the www.K9-World.com website for a workshop. Being part of this community is the best that can happen to you and your future Best In Show dog."
- Stefanie Radke of Radke Photography
- Sandi McDonald
- Veronica Scribano of Darien, CT
- Brielle Villarreal, 15 Years Old
- R. Mariko Saum
- Debbie Milks
Picture: My question to Eric was, "Is my dog competitive enough to show?" Eric made extra time for us and helped me to learn how to assess my pup using the AKC Leonberger breed standard. I learned in one short extra session what some people may take years to figure out!"
- Esther Louie
- Ashlyn Jackson and Heston
- Catherine Upton of CU2 Aussies
Thank you, Eric Salas, for your heart and soul."
- Theresa Hubble
After participating in my third dog show weekend with my 12-month-old Great Dane ("Josie") I walked out of the ring feeling pretty darn discouraged. I could tell the judge really liked my dog — she watched Josie intently as she had all the dogs run around the ring together over and over. She gave us ample time to stack our dogs, however, just as I had Josie's feet in position Josie, she would decide to move then the judge would ask to repeat the go around. We did this three times. I honestly felt like she was trying to give me the opportunity to stack my dog correctly. I never expected to win a ribbon (although a ribbon would have been nice) but I did want to walk out of the ring feeling as though I had improved in some way, but I hadn't — I felt discouraged.
Soon as I got back to my benching, I called my friend and told her I was thinking about hiring a professional handler for Josie. I told her what frustrated me most was the feeling that I was holding my dog back because I lacked the skills to show her properly. I had taken a handling class and learnt the basics: proper etiquette, gaiting patterns, stacking, etc. I knew what to do, just not how to get there. I could only get Josie to stack for a little more than a few seconds and I knew her gait needed improvement. My friend, being an avid dog trainer, reminded me that the whole reason I began dog showing was for the enjoyment doing things with my dog and that a win would mean so much more to me if I earned it with my dog. Rather than hiring a handler, she suggested that I attend Eric's handling seminar the following weekend in Vernon, BC. I took a day to think about it, weighing if I thought the long drive (14 hours) was worth what I thought I would take from the seminar before making the decision to give it a try.
Eric's seminar was so informative. It was a little intimidating at first, as it looked like I was the least experienced person there but Eric and everyone there were so welcoming. The first half of the day was spent listening to Eric talk and taking notes… lots of notes. There was information on animal behavior, human behavior, and the effects of our behaviors on dogs before he even began to explain his philosophies for in the ring. After lunch he had us practice. When it was my turn, Josie pulled me on the down and back as I raced to keep up. When Eric tried to handle Josie, she threw a tantrum at which point Eric said that I might not be able to continue as Josie was not ready. He suggested I move away from the group and practice his "head straight" technique for a bit. Even after a mere twenty minutes the difference was amazing — not only did she stack better but she had stopped pulling me around the ring. It was all since Eric had given me the skills to lead her better — Josie was still the same dog; it was me that changed.
The differences between Josie and I showing before Eric's seminar and after are like night and day. I enter the ring with confidence now and don't worry about Josie "misbehaving" in the ring; she stays stacked and her gait is fluid now that I've learnt how her communicate with her on a loose leash. I highly recommend everyone to take the seminar no matter how much experience you have showing dogs. What I obtained there fully exceeded my expectations. I can't thank Eric enough for the encouragement, confidence and skills he's given me and I can't wait for him to come back to Canada. I know I've thanked you so much already but really… THANK YOU! I already had her signed up for another show next weekend that I'm going to have to bump her up in — I wasn't expecting to finish her last weekend — but after that we're going to be taking a bit of a break to condition her while she matures and fills out a little more.
Sincerely,Melissa" - Melissa
He had a major melt down right before going into the ring. I didn't hit the panic button, kept my cool, didn't reinforce shaking Keeshond but got his focus back on a happy me!
Result - Group 2 NOHS - Good job, Bernie (GCH CH Summerwind's Burn Baby Burn)"
- Patty Helmig Who Attended the Arizona 7-Day Workshop
Eric started conducting some handling classes at my friend's facility and I decided that I wanted to see more.
His techniques were focusing a lot on our body language and how it affects our dogs. He had such a common sense, dog friendly, easy to understand approach that anybody could succeed. After attending with my own dogs for a while, two of my kids decided that they wanted to try their hand at this sport. One of them was a teenage hockey player while the other was 7-year-old ballerina. Two very different personalities and learning styles!
Eric was able to keep them both very interested and excited about the dog show game. He offered so much encouragement that they loved attending his classes. Many of the others that they had attended over the years focused on everything that they were doing wrong rather than explaining what needed to improve and then showing them why.
I have had the privilege of hosting several of Eric's seminars and private lessons at my facility. These seminars are very professionally presented with a unique approach. Each attendee reviews videos of themselves and their dog, showing how much, they have progressed from the beginning to the end of the lesson.
Eric uses a very relaxed style of hands-on teaching with a lot of information included through video excerpts and power point presentations, as well as lots of humor and fun thrown in.
We have also had the pleasure of having Eric fill in at our drop-in conformation class. The classes were again very well attended and lots of information was received by all. Several junior/4H kids were there, and they received very cleaHer name was my first mistake. She is no "Nun" and she is in CHARGE. 2nd mistake: a baby tooth pulled by my beloved vet--no anesthesia. Screamed like She had encountered Freddy on Elm Street! Oh God was she mad. Result: she would not let anyone get near her mouth! Taking out Judges left and rightI was scared to show her.r instruction on what they needed to do to succeed. He even had a mock show at the end of the class and one of the 4H kids took BIS!
As a facility owner and having attended several of Eric's seminars, I can say that I have enjoyed every one of them and leave with new info every time. I have watched people that have years of experience in dogs (and done very well) as well as novice handlers that never even thought that they could show a dog, come away with the ability and the knowledge of what they need to do to win. My now 16-year-old daughter has improved so much, especially in confidence since she has attended Eric's classes and she is always excited to attend more. Eric has become one of her mentors and friends. It is always funny to hear her help some of her 4H friend with some of the techniques that Eric has helped her with. "Head Straight", "Loose Lead" will always be phrases that she will remember!
- Connie Skinner of Vancouver, WA, Owner/Head Trainer of Mind Your Manners Dog Training and Daycare
Her name was my first mistake. She is no "Nun" and she is in CHARGE. 2nd mistake: a baby tooth pulled by my beloved vet--no anesthesia. Screamed like She had encountered Freddy on Elm Street! Oh God was she mad. Result: she would not let anyone get near her mouth! Taking out Judges left and right I was scared to show her.
HOW I FOUND REDEMPTIONWanted: An intervention, better yet an Exorcism! Clearly the best choice. I prayed and then went to my search engine and found the answer on You Tube. A Father Salas was performing miracles! Website said He would walk Swim or hitchhike to help.
WHEN WE FIRST TALKED"Just pick up the phone and call"I did.Yikes! He answered the phone! I told him I needed his help ASAP.He was flying to Miami next week!Just 2 hours down the Florida Turnpike from the home of the Scottish Cloistered Order:Excellent! Meet you on Tuesday. Could I send him a picture of the possessed patient?Done.
THE MEETING"Set her up on the table please."Really?Eric Salas reached out and....EXAMINED her mouth! A perfect angel.Figures.This is a piece of cake He said.... "Head straight!"Unbelievable. Love and devotion at first sight
DAY ONEEric Salas arrives with his camera and crew also a computer for instant replay. We are renting space in a dog training center for the next three days. Today we begin by watching some video's such as "Dogs Decoded" and a discussion on Nurture vs. Nature. Excellent stuff.Do not "Baby your dog" you will lose the dog's respect.Do not use the word NO. We practiced the "growl" for correction."There is no problem here" (referring to Maggie) You (me) are!Eric demonstrated how to place her head in place to control her on the table during the Judges examination.Never create eye contact while training the dog. Remember--Correct with a growl soundThe best part: The camera crew films we work for 15 minutes and then sit down and watch the tape.EXCELLENT teaching tools!!!Hand signals to turn the dog--don't watch the dog!!! Respect and Trust!
DAY TWOKnow your Standard. Use colored highlighters: grooming green, Presentation Pink, Structure Yellow.What it takes to "Special" a dog. Champion Vs. Special?Finding the right "stuff" to inspire/motivate your dog in the ring: The right bait, right toy, Right smells etc. Get creative.More work in the ring and watching the videos.
Don't watch the Dog!The 5 opportunities to "show" your dog to the judge. On entry, during initial presentation, Go around, On the Table. Up and back.Earning Respect and trustBombproofing with practice: Know all the patterns the judge may use in the ring.Day ThreeNutritionConditioningGrooming!! Need lots of time to perfect that!Have 5 different ways to get your dog to STACK (Homework)More work in the ring.HEAD STRAIGHT!WE SAY GOOD-BY!There are not enough words to really tell you how I felt about how much this time meant to me. Maggie and I showed a couple of weeks later at the Ocala shows and she received 2 three-point Majors.
Thank you, Eric Salas!"
- Judy Makem
I really think that the workshop helped me not just to learn how to work with my dogs and to know the language that they understand; and so much more wise things that you taught us.The workshop principally made me know myself, know that I can do things that I never thought I could do.Made me a better human being because you teach things that you can apply not just to training dogs, but to your life.Help me to be happy and enjoy what I am doing. Slow my word down, smile, have a good time.Help me on focus on the solution ... not the problem. That it doesn't matter what my dogs do....it is what I do that counts.Help me prove them that I am the leader....and to understand that they do not want to be in charge.Help me to understand that I need to be the cookie and that you have to work hard because there is not magic. Just hard work.Understand that you have to do small things to see success.And that pressure is something that you feel when you do not know what you are doing!!!.Ahhh.....and shake the haaaaaannnd, do not puuuuull the lead...do not look at the dooooogggg!!!😁. Well I learned that in the hard way!!!!. But I did learn it...hahaha believe me!!!🔥🐕Let me tell you that my pack is calm they learned to wait for their food and eat when I tell them too.Started the fit paws and they are doing fine.As you told us it takes time and work.
#EricSalasWorkshops #EricSalas.I met wonderful persons at the workshop and learn that everybody is different and special in their own special and perfect wayMiss you all, I wish the best to all of you and I see you soon.Have a great holiday and Feliz Navidad y pròspero 2020.Un abrazo.
- Pam of Ecuador