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.”
Pat has been involved in the dog world since 1959. Her career has progressed from owner-handler to breeder, professional handler, educator and AKC judge for the working, herding and non-sporting groups, 22 Terrier Breeds, Junior handling and Best in Show. She has authored many articles that have appeared in a variety of publications such as the Doberman Review, Dog News, NAIA News and the AKC Gazette.
Pat has also been active in club work over the years, holding numerous offices, including show chair for all breed and specialty clubs to myriad committees. She was active in the Yakima Valley KC (Washington State), the Mt. Hood Doberman Pinscher Club (Oregon) and the Doberman Pischer Club of America an the Oregon Judges Group.
Publisher: Dog Folk Enterprises