LEADERS HAVE A MINDSET THAT INVOLVES PREPARATION AND A PRESENTATION PLAN SHOWING FOR THE LONG-TERM T here are two kinds of people in this world. There are leaders and there are followers. Which are you? If you’ve been in the world of dogs for a while, BY LEE WHITTIER All photos are courtesy of Lee Whittier.
you know that the exhibitors who are most suc- cessful in the sport are leaders who are forecasting into the future. They have a mindset that involves preparation and a long-term performance plan. Leaders take action. Successful exhibitors understand that prepara- tion is key. Preparation is a vital process that runs on a continuum, from the planning of litters to planning a show schedule. Preparation is establish- ing a solid foundation, which involves far more than pulling the dog off the couch the day before the show to give it a bath.
PREPARATION INCLUDES STEPS FOR BOTH YOU AND YOUR DOG. COMMAND A LEADERSHIP ROLE WITH EVERY ACTION STEP THAT YOU PLAN AND EXECUTE. YOUR DOG NEEDS TO BE SOCIALIZED WITH PEOPLE OUTSIDE ITS HOME HOUSEHOLD, AS WELL AS WITH DOGS THAT ARE OF BOTH THE SAME AND DIFFERENT BREEDS.
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