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As previously mentioned, many classes are run by volunteers of a club or people who show their dogs, but generally not by professional trainers or behavior consultants. If a dog is stable and the owner is knowledgeable and experienced with dog shows they may only need run through type classes. However, if a dog is having issues, particularly issues like being fearful or reactive with other dogs a behavior consultant experienced in dealing with these issues will be needed.

In my experience as a dog trainer and behavior consultant specializing in show dogs, most people teaching classes do not know how to address and deal with real behavior issues. I have worked with clients whose efforts and whose dogs were set back due to the advice of someone teaching a class who does not understand how to deal with behavior issues.


Vicki Ronchette is the founder of Show Dog Prep School and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer. Vicki has been working with dogs professionally for over 30 years as a professional dog trainer and behavior consultant, groomer and veterinary assistant. She is the author of Positive Training for Show Dogs, From Shy to Showy and Ready? Set. SHOW! Vicki presents workshops and seminars all over the country on how training show dogs.