Table dogs

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A 1 or 2 day course with approximately 4 hours each day /class.

Day 1

Like all elements of training, training the dog to show effectively on the table requires time. Gerard has developed a unique way to not only get excellent choreography but to actually develop the dog to want to show on the table.

Of course there are dogs that have very little problems in relation to being afraid or not relaxed on the table, but in order to get your dog to show to a very high standard where they will present themselves with a minimum amount of interference from the handler, will be achieved by Gerard’s way – “The O’Shea Way”.

On the table course Gerard starts off with about half an hour’s theory explaining what the participants are about to do and why so many dogs have problems when it comes to this issue.

The basic introduction to showing your dog on the table requires four foundation steps. These four steps are explained, demonstrated and then trained for every dog in the class, and this is more or less day one.

Apart from the training which will be achieved by each dog and handler, Gerard gives you a unique system as to how you will develop these methods while training at home.


Day 2

Taking the skills you and your dog has developed on the first day, Gerard then takes all the dogs over to the most traditional way to show on a normal dog show. Because your dog shows well on the table does not guarantee that the dog will accept the standard examination by the judge. Many dogs totally lose their position and attitude during this moment. In most cases is the relationship and interaction from the handler that causes many of the problems.

With Gerard‘s keen eye combined with the steps learnt in class 1, Gerard will show you how your behavior and handling will greatly help your dog to succeed during the judging examination.

As many judges will not only examine your dog physically but will also judge the dogs behavior, during this moment on the table it a very important moment for the show table dog.

Let us not forget that it is not so unusually that the judge will give his individual critic of your dog while still on the table so the importance of correct introduction and proper training cannot be over emphasized.


Take note: only positive methods are used.