Video Testimonial from Cassie Lavely
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) - Patti Helmig
- Connie SkinnerOwner/Head trainer at Mind Your Manners Dog Training and Daycare in Vancouver, WA.
PROBLEM: Maggie, Netherscot's Nun in ChargeHer 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 sightDAY 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