Let’s Make You A Winner: A Judge’s Perspective on Showing Dogs by Pat Hastings and Erin Ann Rouse is the recipient of the prestigious 2018 Dog Writers Association of America Maxwell Medallion for reference books. The book provides a commonsense approach on how to prepare for and present a dog in the Conformation show ring.
More than that, it provides a “whole-package” view of showing dogs – from raising show prospects, to honing your handling skills before stepping into the ring, to making the most of opportunities that come your way. Anyone who takes a dog into a show ring can benefit from this book, whether they are a novice owner-handler or a professional handler. All of us can do better. Do whatever it takes (within reason) to make your dog look its best and be as comfortable as possible. And try to live up to Randy Schepper’s wise advice: “Show your dog to its greatest advantage without taking advantage of others.”