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Professional Dog Handling


Professional Dog Handling

In the sport of dogs, professional handlers provide numerous important skills. Educated and experienced in the sport of showing dogs, they do everything from helping to mentally and physically condition dogs for the stamina required for shows, to helping to present a dog to his/her best advantage and planning an exhibit schedule that is both manageable and challenging.

Kent Meyer is the third generation in his family to be involved in the sport of dogs. It started with his grandmother, Loraine, who bred multiple Best In Show Boxers. Next Kent’s parents Brian and Cindy Meyer, professionally handled multiple top winning dogs. Now they are AKC judges and have judged all over the world.

Kent’s personal history and background includes a wealth of experience and dedication to the passionate work of handling dogs. With his innate understanding of dogs, Kent is widely known as one of the top trainers in the Midwest.

Gwen Meyer’s background working with dogs dates back to when she was nine years old, and her mom made the “mistake” of taking Gwen to a dog show. That was it. Gwen volunteered at a local veterinary for three years and then acquired her first show dog, an Irish Setter, which she showed to his championship. She competed in junior showmanship where she met Kent, and for ten years she apprenticed under some of the top handlers, Ken and Virginia Murray, Kyle Robinson, Peggy Beisel-Mcllwaine, and Scott and Susan Kipp, to name a few. After Gwen obtained her bachelor’s degree in education, Kent and Gwen married and began showing together professionally.

Kent and Gwen work with all breeds, but they have shown top ten ranking dogs in Briards, Bouvier des Flandres, Bloodhound, French Bulldogs, Field Spaniels and Soft-Coated Wheaten Terriers. For a few photos of both current and past show dogs, click here.

Kent and Gwen realize that everything they did in their lives brought them to where they are today. The combination of Kent learning from his grandmother and working for his parents, who were all incredible dog people, together with Gwen’s entrepreneurial spirit, love of education, and numerous apprenticeships served under many skilled professionals, created a solid foundation behind Meyer’s.

Kent and Gwen are passionate about providing the best for each and every dog under their care. The safety and well-being of the dogs is of primary importance. Individualized needs are met for every show dog through customized diets, exercise programs, coat conditioning treatments, and impeccable trimming. In addition, Kent and Gwen give special attention to the mental and behavioral side of the equation. Experience has shown them that this area is key in the successful career of all show dogs.

For more information about Professional Dog Handling, contact Kent or Gwen via email at kent@meyerstailsupfarm.com or gwen@meyerstailsupfarm.com or call 815.547.5778.

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