Webinar Course: The Evolution of Showing Your Dog

This webinar will go through the stages of training and showmanship for show dogs. This course includes live webinar, curated Q&A, webinar slides and recording.

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In our last webinar of 2020, we're going to teach you how to progress through the stages of training and showmanship with your show dog. This will include how you might start with "beginner" or "puppy" stages and work your way up to more "advanced", "fancier" handling techniques. From "basic" to "advanced", there is a reason behind the handling techniques used in the ring, which often depends on the particular dog, their conformation, and how they're trained. We'll talk about progressing through these different stages and making sure that's best for your show dog. We'll also talk about troubleshooting with unruly dogs and puppies. Some of the examples of handling techniques covered will be collar placement (so important), perfecting the hard stack with unruly dogs, how to progress up to the "step-back stack", training to free bait, and how your arm placement effects your dog on the move (also important, and overlooked).

This webinar includes our curated Q&A. Please submit your questions for the curated Q&A before Monday, December 14th @ midnight PST. You will receive a response including demonstrations, photos, diagrams, trim critiques, step-by-step instructions and more, as appropriate.


Your Instructor


Allison Alexander
Allison Alexander

I showed my first dog in Junior Handling when I was 7 years old, I went 5th out of 5 in a junior handling class, I cried, but despite that humble beginning I was instantly hooked!

Believing that you should always do what you love, I became a professional handler in 1987 and I have been presenting Canada's (and the world’s) top dogs ever since. With more than 550 All-Breed Best in Shows, I am proud to have been highly awarded at such prestigious shows as Crufts, the World Dog Show, Westminster Kennel Club and the AKC Invitational. As well I have had Top Dog All breeds in Canada 3 separate times, all three dogs are still record holder’s in their own right.

In addition to my wins as an all-breed handler, I have spent more than 30 years perfecting the art of presenting one of the dog world's most difficult breeds to master: The Poodle. Today, I am internationally recognized as one of the world's most talented and experienced Poodle handlers. I have presented seminars on grooming Poodles all over this planet. . I am also the Creative Educational Advisor and Specialist for Chris Christensen Systems.

I have proven that hard work, dedication and passion can take you absolutely everywhere in this wonderful sport, which is why I am committed to supporting, promoting and giving back to the dog community. Currently, I am President of the Canadian Professional Dog Handlers Association, Vice-President of the Canadian Kennel Club Foundation, I have been CKC Junior Handling representative for both Nova Scotia and South Western Ontario. I am a regular contributor to dog magazines in several countries. I have mentored several of the Top Professional Handlers in the USA and Canada as well as coached 3 Juniors to win the Canadian National one of whom went on to win Crufts World Junior Handling Competition.

In 2017, I launched Leading Edge Dog Show Academy, the world's first on-line dog show training school. My mission is to help mentor a new generation of dog show enthusiasts through innovative video-based grooming and handling lessons. LEDSA has won the award for Best On-line Education each year since it’s inception. I look forward to working with enthusiastic students as they perfect their skills on the way to the winner's circle.

Sit back, as I bring a lifetime of grooming and handling lessons to video, here at Leadingedge Dog Show Academy.


Course Curriculum


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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
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What if I am unhappy with the course?
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