The Cavalier Chronicle
So You Think You Can Judge
So you think you can judge???
The subject of this A – Z judging etiquette is how to conduct yourself in and out of the ring. You will find many textbooks on the subject of showing, breeding and working with dogs but surprisingly very few have been devoted to judging. So assuming you are all well versed on the Breed Standard we will leave that aside and concentrate on the other elements that make a good judge.
A is for attitude. A 2-way thing. While you are examining the dogs, the exhibitors and ringsiders are watching you! (If you feel you are unduly nervous, indecisive or easily flustered then perhaps judging is not for you.) You need to be calm and detached with the ability to forget the outside pressures that you may encounter from time to time. Impartiality is very important.
B Be completely selfish and please yourself. You are there to judge the dogs and for no other reason. That must be kept uppermost in your mind and you should not allow any other considerations sway you. It is just as wrong to penalize your friend's dog to show how impartial you are as it is to give that friend preferential treatment. This also applies to your worst enemy! A judge has to be able to live with his decisions and the only way to achieve this is to place the dogs in order of merit as he sees it. That way you gain the respect of your fellow exhibitors and other judges.
C is for cigarettes. Do not smoke in the ring or at least not during a class. Do not be tempted; leave them in the car. The smoke gets in the dogs' eyes and the ash does nothing for the whole colors!
D Definite decisions. Indicate quite clearly who the winners are and how they are placed. Do not wave vaguely in the direction of a couple of exhibitors. I find the best way of declaring Winners dog or Best of Breed is to simply shake hands. That leaves no room for doubt.
E An "eye" for a dog. The ability that every good judge has to recognise at a glance whether a dog is right or wrong, good, bad or indifferent. Knowledge, decisiveness, integrity and all the other aspects are incomplete without this vital possession. It is acquired by long and painstaking study of anatomy, breed standards, high and poor quality dogs, breed books, photographs etc. It should become instinctive to weigh up the merits of a dog almost on first sight. Learn to differentiate between a good dog poorly.
F. Follow up report. Always be professional in your approach to all aspects of your appointment and that includes the report. Caustic criticism is no more called for than extravagant praise that is not due. It should explain why the animal won or lost and mention any outstanding features or failings if there are any.
presented and a poor dog that is perfectly presented. Learn to look through the markings at the dog beneath.
G. Give everyone a fair go. The dog last to be seen has just as much right as the first. They have paid the same money so are entitled to the same attention. Judge at a steady pace and do not rush through your entry like a dose of salts
H. Honesty is of prime importance. Exhibitors soon suss out whether a judge knows what he is doing or not. If the exhibitors find the judge is rough handed, rude, favors his friends or chases future
appointments by favoring those in a position to return them he cannot expect to be asked again in a hurry. If the exhibitors desert the judge, then the appointments will dry up.
I Impressions. First ones are very important. I prefer to send the whole class around initially Look for length of stride, levelness of topline, balance, head and tail carriage, drive from hocks. Clever handlers can enhance good points and conceal bad ones when standing but it is much more difficult to do on the move. Then each dog can be examined on the table and moved individually. Often the first impressions gained on the go around prove to be the right ones on closer examination.
J Judges should never consult a catalog before or during judging. It really goes without saying but I am sure it has happened. Just as bad is seeing the Breed Standard lying open on the judges' table. It does not inspire confidence in the judge's ability. However, it has crossed my mind more than once that it might have helped in some cases!
K Know your place. Avoid trying to diagnose a dog's medical problems when assessing it. If you suspect for example hip dyspepsia, you cannot give a diagnosis. That is not your place and should be left to the veterinary experts. All that you can safely say is that the dog is lame and that alone should be sufficient to exclude it
from an award.
L L is for Lunch. Take your lunch with reasonable speed bearing in mind that exhibitors may have a long journey home. Avoid the temptation of garlic or onions and stick to soft drinks.
M Make sure you are familiar with procedures. How many prizes are to be awarded in each class, decide how you will move the dogs, what critiques, if any are needed, is the table positioned to your satisfaction, where you will place the winning dogs. Discuss with your steward
any points that you want to make or need clarifying. He is there to help you but you are ultimately responsible.
N Never be afraid to award all the main prizes to one or two exhibitors. If they have the best dogs. Distributing awards to give everyone some part of the spoils is an obvious popularity-seeking ploy that has the exact opposite effect of showing the judge up for what he is - a charlatan. The only thing that counts is getting the best
dogs out in front of the others.
O On the day. This means that judges should not look into the future and put up a dog that they think will be better later on than it is at the time. If a dog is overweight and out of condition and its movement is sluggish then it cannot expect to win on the day. It must wait until it is back in condition to compete in earnest. However, if a dog of superior quality were merely short of coat a little immature or a little thin then it would be a poor judge who puts it down to inferior specimens. When faced with two exhibits you are finding it hard to choose between ask yourself the question. "Which would I take home" This often provides the answer you are looking for.
P Patience is needed when dealing with novices and young stock. Gentle handling and a quiet word of advice are all that may be required to put them in the right direction. On the other hand, rough handling and a brusque attitude may well put some off for good.
Q Query the age of any exhibit but keep any other conversation to a minimum and never allow the exhibitor to tell you their dog's life story. It can be very boring to stay silent throughout the whole day. The key is to be friendly but not too familiar. I recall a well-known judge asking a young lady exhibitor “how old?” meaning the dog she was showing. She fluttered her eyes and replied “old enough!”.
R is for reputation. Yours! If you happen across a friend before judging, a quick greeting is quite in order. It is silly to pretend you are strangers. But avoid long conversations as your motives are bound to be misinterpreted. It is also unwise to travel to and from shows with your exhibitors or lunch or drink with them before completion of judging. Guard your reputation - it is at risk in these situations.
S Sensible attire. Be practical and dress comfortably. No billowing skirts, jingly jewelry (applies to men and women!) or anything that might worry the exhibits. Dark glasses should be removed when examining color points such as eyes or coats.
T Tiring. Judging can be exhausting. It calls for a considerable degree of know how, perception, integrity, diplomacy, a good memory, and resilience. The mental effort required when sorting out a huge entry is enormous. Judges not in good health should not take on large assignments.
U Under no circumstances, bad mouth a dog after judging. By all means be truthful in conversation but be constructive without being destructive. It is not necessary and it is not clever. People pay good money for your opinion and you should consider it a compliment. Neither is it good manners to be catty about your fellow judges, especially when sitting ringside. If their judging is not to your liking you have the option not to enter/ But to loudly decry a judge for all to hear is spiteful and you will lose the admiration of fellow judges and exhibitors.
V Values. Old fashioned or not always be polite and be punctual. Arrive in plenty time for your assignment and let the Secretary know as soon as you arrive. They have enough to worry about without the added stress of wondering whether a judge has arrived. Good manners cost so little and mean so much.
W Watch that skillful handling does not fool you. This can make a mediocre dog look special. Dogs must be judged on their merits not on the skill of their handlers. A good judge must be able to look beyond the handler and make sure there is not a better dog down the line. No handler has a god given right to win but some think they do!
X The X Factor. Learn to recognize it. It is the valued attributes such as quality, ring presence and style. A dog can be outstanding without these but the possession of at least one makes it a better specimen. It is what makes the hairs on your neck stand up when faced with something special. If the dog feels like an aristocrat, it will behave like one.
Y Your opinion. Be courteous and helpful. If an exhibitor asks for your opinion of his dog after the judging always give it. To the beginner - be constructive but temper your words so as not to offend. They are new to this and are still wet behind the ears. To the seasoned campaigner be straight and tell them how you see it. They probably know already. But never apologize or retract any of your placings. Never get into an argument about a dog’s good or bad points. You liked his dog but you liked the others more can be used as a stock answer when needed.
Z ZZZZZZZs. What you will be making after your possibly exhausting but hopefully enjoyable days judging. Knowing you did a good job and found the best dogs will make you sleep easy. Your sleepless nights should come before judging, not after.
If you feel you really know your breed, if you can be critical without being cutting, if you can weigh strengths against weaknesses, and finally can compare dog against dog with dispassionate decisiveness then you will probably make a good judge.
Norma Inglis (with adaptations from Tom Horner’s book “Take Them Round, Please")
2 August 2008
“In the long run the pessimist may be proved right, but the optimist has a better time on the trip.”
Daniel L. Reardon
We all need those little reminders from time to time. If you have a favorite reminder you would like to share please send it to Mark Fitchpatrick at Fitchpatrick@Earthlink.net
Recipe of the Month
Give these chicken jerky treats as an alternative to the store-bought raw hides. The jerky is tough and chewy, so it keeps my dog occupied for a while, and the chicken has a good amount of protein, which is good for a dog’s muscle structure.
- 2 to 4 chicken breasts
- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Remove any excess fat from the chicken. Turn the chicken breast on its side and use a paring knife to slice the chicken breast into 1/8 inch thick strips.
- Set the strips on a baking sheet. Bake for 2 hours.
- Check the chicken before removing from the oven. It should be dry and hard, not soft or chewy. Allow the chicken to cool completely before serving.
- Store the jerky in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks.
Home Remedies for Intestinal Parasites (Worms) in Dogs
It is not something that any dog owner wants to think about, but most dogs suffer from intestinal worms at some point.
The most important sign of an intestinal worm infestation is white, squiggly worms in your pet’s stool.
Other symptoms may include vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, dull coat, increase in appetite with no weight gain, anemia (low red blood cell count), scooting their bum on the carpet or grass, mild to severe coughing and scratching at the base of their tail.
The most common cause of worms in dogs is playing in infested ground or soil, drinking stagnant water, drinking the milk of an infected mother and from fleas or rodents.
The types of worms that dogs can suffer from include tapeworms, roundworms, hookworms, threadworms, and heartworms, to name a few. Most of these worms infest a dog’s intestinal tract, although they can also affect other organs.
Regardless of the type of worm, the best remedy is prevention. Hence, it is important to keep your dog from eating feces, including his own. Do not allow your pet to drink water from ponds, streams or lakes.
At the same time, there are many simple home remedies to treat your dog for worms.
Here are the top 10 home remedies for intestinal parasites (worms) in dogs.
1. Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin seeds contain a deworming compound called cucurbitacin, an amino acid that aids in expelling tapeworms and roundworms from your dog’s intestine.
Cucurbitacin paralyzes the worms, thus preventing them from holding on to the intestinal walls during a bowel movement. Soon, the worms will get expelled from the digestive tract. Moreover, these tiny seeds offer other health benefits for dogs.
You need to grind the pumpkin seeds, mix the powder into your dog's regular food and feed your dog twice daily. Use ¼ teaspoon of the ground pumpkin seeds for every 10 pounds that your dog weighs.
Use this remedy until you stop noticing any worms in your dog’s stool.
2. Food-Grade Diatomaceous Earth
Food-grade diatomaceous earth (DE) can also help eliminate worms, such as roundworms, whipworms, and hookworms. However, it is not effective against tapeworms.
DE is deadly to many insects, yet completely harmless to animals. The microscopically sharp edges of DE pierce the parasites’ protective coating, which causes dehydration and death.
You can use DE internally as well as externally to control a worm infestation.
- For dogs over 55 pounds, add 1 tablespoon of food-grade DE to dog food and give it once daily.
- For puppies and smaller dogs, keep the dosage to 1 teaspoon per day.
Follow this remedy for at least 1 month to destroy adult worms as well as eggs, hatchlings and smaller worms throughout the lungs and stomach.
To control fleas, which can cause worms, simply rub the DE powder into your dog’s coat. Wait 10 minutes, then bathe your dog. Use it 2 or 3 times a week.
Note: Use only food-grade DE, as pool-grade DE can be potentially toxic for the dog.
Cloves contain potent antibacterial and anti parasitic properties that help in destroying different types of intestinal worms.
Also, cloves aid in increasing the white blood cell count, which boosts your dog's immune system.
- For small dogs, give ¼ of a whole dry clove, crushed and mixed into food once daily for 1 week.
- For medium-sized dogs, give ½ of a whole dry clove, crushed and mixed into food once daily for 1 week.
- For large dogs, give 1 whole dry clove, crushed and mixed into food once daily for 1 week.
Follow this remedy once again for a second week, after a break of 1 week as a precautionary measure.
Note: Do not give cloves in any form to pregnant dogs as cloves are a uterine stimulant.
The effective enzyme papain found in papayas can help get your dog rid of intestinal parasites.
Papaya seeds have anthelmintic and anti-amoebic properties, which mean the seeds can kill intestinal worms and other parasitic organisms in your dog’s digestive system.
- Give your dog 2 tablespoons of papaya seeds in powdered form per 20 pounds of dog weight. The remedy should be followed for 7 consecutive days.
- You can even feed your dog ripe papaya in bite-size chunks. Most dogs really love the taste of papaya
Turmeric has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce inflammation and the damage to the intestine caused by a worm infestation. This herb also heals the areas of the intestines that were infested with worms.
It also helps the liver get rid of the toxins left behind in the body by the intestinal worms.
Also, the slightly bitter taste of turmeric paste or powder is liked by a majority of dogs.
You simply need to add turmeric to your dog’s regular food for 10 to 15 days. Use roughly 1/8 to ¼ teaspoon of turmeric per 10 pounds of your dog’s body weight. Start low with the dosage and increase it gradually.
Note: If your dog is pregnant, avoid giving turmeric as it may stimulate the uterus.
Another herb that can be used to get rid of intestinal parasites in dogs is wormwood. This herb can successfully expel roundworms, threadworms and tapeworms when the dosage is correct.
Its antiparasitic nature helps destroy intestinal parasites and it even improves digestion.
Add ¼ teaspoon of dried wormwood to the dog’s food for larger dogs. Cut the dosage in half for puppies and smaller dogs. Do not use this treatment for more than 3 consecutive days.
Note: Consult a holistic veterinarian before feeding this herb to your dog. Avoid overusing this herb, as it can damage your dog’s nervous system. This herb is not recommended for dogs with seizures, liver or kidney disease, or females who are pregnant or lactating.
Garlic is another herb that can help treat worm infestations in dogs. Raw garlic has sulfur-containing amino acids that are antiparasitic in nature. However, when it comes to garlic, it must be used in moderation.
Garlic helps detoxify the body and supports beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract while eliminating harmful bacteria. Due to its potent antimicrobial and antibiotic properties, it fights parasites and protozoan organisms as well.
Another benefit of garlic is that it will also prevent flea infestations in dogs.
You must give garlic based on your dog’s weight.
- 10 to 15 pounds: ½ clove
- 20 to 40 pounds: 1 clove
- 45 to 70 pounds: 2 cloves
- 75 to 90 pounds: 2.5 cloves
- 100 pounds +: 3 cloves
Just grate the required amount of garlic and mix it with some fennel before feeding it to your dog.
Note: Garlic should be given to dogs for no more than 1 week, otherwise it can be harmful.
During the deworming period, it is important to include carrots in your dog’s diet.
This orange vegetable helps with the expulsion of the parasites by scrubbing the weakened worms out of the digestive tract. It even soothes the inflamed intestinal walls.
Carrots are a safe source of nutrients and great support for the dog’s immune system, hence you must include carrots in your dog’s diet on a daily basis.
Give ½ to 2 tablespoons of finely grated carrots daily to your dog, depending upon its size.
Along with carrots, beetroots and turnips can also be given to worm-infested dogs.
9. Parsley Water
It is important to give your dog parsley water during deworming treatment to help keep his system working well. Parsley helps the body eliminate toxins left behind in the digestive system by the worms. It also reduces inflammation caused by parasites adhering to the intestinal wall.
Parsley also contains many nutrients that give a boost to your pet’s immune system.
- Put 1 bunch of fresh parsley in a pan of boiling water.
- Allow to simmer for 3 minutes.
- Remove it from the heat and set it aside to cool.
- Strain the water and store it in the refrigerator.
- Give your dog 1 tablespoon of parsley water for every 10 pounds of body weight, once a day for 10 days.
10. Black Walnut
Black walnut is an herb that helps eliminate intestinal worms from infested dogs.
Only the green hulls of black walnut should be used to get rid of intestinal worms in dogs.
- Give your dog black walnut tincture (regular strength, do not use extra strength) for no more than 2 weeks at a time. Use 1 drop for every 10 pounds of body weight.
- Alternatively, give ¼ of a 500 mg capsule for dogs 5 to 25 pounds and ½ capsule for dogs 25 pounds and up. Continue for 2 weeks.
Note: Black walnut can be potentially toxic if you administer the wrong dosage, hence be extra careful.
- Avoid giving whole milk and eggs to your dog when you’re treating him for worms.
- Frequently clean and sanitize areas where your dog spends most of his time, such as his bed or kennel.
- Do not allow your dog to socialize with other dogs or animals when suffering from a worm infestation.
- When you take your pet for a walk, make sure he does not eating anything from the ground.
- Make sure your animals always have plenty of clean drinking water.
- Do not allow your pets to drink from sources where other animals may have left feces, such as any stagnant water in ponds or near lakes.
- Try to keep your yard clean and free of rodents and fleas to prevent a worm infestation.
- Schedule regular checkups with your veterinarian. Get your dog’s stool checked from time to time to make sure he does not suffer from intestinal worms.
- If possible, prevent your pet from killing and eating rodents and other small animals.
- Do not allow your pet to roam around freely unsupervised. Keep it leashed to keep it from poking its face in the stools of other dogs.
- If needed, give drugs prescribed by your vet.
IMPORTANT - Living with our dogs sets us up for contracting many of the parasites our dogs can carry. It is wise to treat yourself with the remedies listed above at least every 6 months. Actually, I personally take Disputatious Earth on a daily basis. Parasites are very harmful little critters causing havoc in the human or canine body.
News From The Board
2017 Slate Of Officers
At our April meeting, there were no nominations from the floor for any of the open officer positions. As such, the Secretary will cast one vote at the May regular meeting for the following slate as presented to the membership by the Nominating Committee:
President: Paula Ayers
Vice President: Linda Whitmire
Secretary: Sharon Utych
Treasurer: Carol Land
Director: Beverly Manley
Director: Brenda Martz
Director: Mark Fitchpatrick
Winter Specialty Show
We are also working on setting up our 2018 show. Plans are to have TWO concurrent specialties on
February 3 and 4, 2018 (Saturday and Sunday). Saturday will include Puppy & Veteran Sweepstakes and
Sunday will include Junior Showmanship.
Do You Have A New Title Holder?
Did you know if your cavalier has earned a new title, including AKC Canine Good Citizen and Therapy
Dog titles, you qualify for either a certificate or personalized rosette from the club? Awards are
presented at the December Holiday Luncheon. The club program details are on the club website under
“Member Achievement Recognition Program” (https://ckcscatlanta.org/member-achievementrecognition-
Spring Puppy Picnic
What a great day we had for our Annual Puppy Picnic! The weather was beautiful and we had great participation in our activities and health clinics. In all, we had 33 hearts and 34 sets of eyes tested by the doctors!
We had a great turnout for our junior showmanship training and competition. Six future handlers (Gracie Brookins, Cameron Brookins, Dixon Evans, Hollis, Macrae and Landrey Trace Hatcher) entered the ring and learned about how to handle your dog in the ring and competed for the best junior of the day. Club members Hollis and Carol Land’s granddaughter, Landrey Trace Hatcher, was awarded the best junior of the day and received a lovely rosette and gift. Kudos to judge Linda Whitmire as she provided guidance to many of our younger participants and made the competition fun!
We also held for the first time a Parade of Veterans and had four entries who each received a lovely medallion and a toy. These veterans also had their hearts checked and all were heart clear. Participating were AKC CH Tusus Kissed By An Angel “Andy” (Michele Henson), Zeke (Brenda Catanesi), Rockcliff Francisco (Jamie McAtee) and Monticello Unconditional Love (Alice Alford).
Congrats to several new AKC CGC and CGCA title holders! Zeke (Catanesi) and AKC GCH Brookhaven Believe It or Not “Ripley” both earned their CGC titles and Castlekeep Krishna Das “Bruno” (Fornwalt)
earned his AKC CGCA title. Congrats to them all! Thank you to club member Alice Alford for providing
During our fun contests, several cavaliers defended their titles from last year – Grissom (Matt Goldberg)
was the best kisser, Zeke the fastest cookie eater and Stevie (Sharon Utych) had the biggest eyes. Bruno
took the weave poll contest. Thanks to all who participated!
Our member’s match was judged by Linda Whitmire (Almeara US). Brookhaven I’m A Believer “Mickey”
(Ayers/Martz) took Best of Breed in the Match & Best Puppy in Match. Best of Opposite was Chantismire
Mary Anna (Land). Best Exhibit Only was AKC CH Brookhaven The Dream Lives On “Edgar” (Utych). Our
lovely rosettes were made by Linda Whitmire and each winner received a gift bag.
Bart Whitmire cooked up the hamburgers and hot dogs and everyone supplied some great side dishes!
Thank you to the Whitmire’s for hosting this event at their “Field of Dreams” again this year.
Sharon & Jim Utych are bragging on CH Brookhaven The Dream Lives On “Edgar” as he took Best of Breed Owner Handler and Owner Handler Group 3 on Saturday March 25 at the Raleigh KC 3 under Judge Nancy Liebes. As of this writing, Edgar is the number 3 cavalier in the 2017 AKC Owner Handler Series rankings.
Edgar also achieved his AKC Grand Championship at the Tuscaloosa KC show on Thursday April 6 under judge Filburn as he took Best of Breed and Best of Breed Owner Handler (Group 2). He also took Best of Breed and BOBOH Group 2 on Friday at the Birmingham KC show and Best of Breed and BOBOH Saturday at the Tuscaloosa KC show. On Sunday, Edgar was awarded Best of Opposite.
Sharon Utych & Linda Whitmire are bragging on new AKC CH Almeara Visionnaire CGC “Stevie” as he was awarded Select Dog on Saturday and Sunday April 8 & 9, at the Tuscaloosa and Birmingham KC shows