This time a year I always get excited. The Westminster Kennel Club dog show is just around the corner! For almost as long as I can remember, I have firmly planted myself in front of the TV for two nights. I would watch the show in its entirety. Why?
Because, the Westminster Kennel Club dog show is the “Superbowl” of the dog world. It is the best way to stay up to date with the latest trends and styles. I would throw a Westminster party. I loved inviting my entire grooming team over to be glued to the TV for two nights as the show aired. For days after the show, we would talk about the newest breeds that had been accepted by the AKC. The unique haircuts we saw. The latest style trends on established breeds.
The show was important for me. I was actively competing in the pet grooming contest arena. In the old days, we would record the show. I can’t tell you how many times I would review those tapes before I stepped into the contest arena. By watching some the most spectacular dogs in the country compete at this level, I was able to get a clear image etched in my mind before I stepped into the ring at a grooming competition. Visualization is a key to success.
Secondly, I used the Westminster Dog Show as a way to help keep my grooming staff up-to-date with the latest styling trends. Once I opened The Paragon School of Pet Grooming, we continued to use the show as a key learning tool for students. The annual dog show was instrumental for students learning breed identification and trim styles. Today you can order a high quality DVD of the entire Westminster Dog Show — commercial free.
Tune in this year and enjoy the 2014 show. The Westminster Dog Show airs Monday, February 10 LIVE ON CNBC from 8-11 p.m. and Tuesday, February 11 is LIVE ON USA from 8-11 p.m. For streaming videos of each individual breed class, visit: http://www.westminsterkennelclub.com. All Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding breeds will be judged on Monday, February 10 with their corresponding groups being televised LIVE on CNBC from 8-11pm. All Sporting, Working and Terrier breeds will be judged on Tuesday, February 11 with their corresponding groups being televised LIVE on USE from 8-11pm.