Breed Handling Drop Ins with Danielle Furness
Danielle Furness has been involved in dog shows for over 25 years. Starting in AKC Junior Showmanship and the 4-H dog programs, then continuing on as an owner, handler, and breeder of Smooth Fox Terriers. She continues to finish many of her dogs to their AKC Championships herself and continues to develop her breeding program further while raising a family. She has traveled throughout the USA and internationally, showing and learning about the sport of dogs. She is a member of her regional and national breed clubs and active in breed promotion and education.
She believes to be an efficient handler in the ring you need to study and practice, but it should be fun! And a dog having fun always shows better! She credits so much of her knowledge to her many mentors over the years, and says you never stop learning, as there is always something new to learn! Danielle has volunteered for over 15 years teaching youth in the 4-H dog program on how to show and compete with their dogs. She says one of the most rewarding aspects in dogs is seeing others you have helped succeed.
Danielle says her goal is always to present a class that is welcoming to all, fun, detail-oriented, flexible (as people’s goals as different), and helpful on an individual level. Teaching drop-in classes, she understands that there are all levels of handlers and dogs, and has experience in teaching in that situation and works on balancing the overall class to benefit everyone. She enjoys teaching all levels of participants, because we can learn so much from each other.