WSS Hands-On Handling

By Adrienne Bancker

With assistance from Meghen Bassel and Diane Dittrich

And semi-cooperation from Ch. Benton Ivy League, Ch Rwyn Heavens Telstar, CDX,

and Briarbanc Technicolor (plus some old photos)


  • Webmaster Note:

    • Originally published in "The Starter Barks", Volume 42, Issue 3, September 2005.

Merriam-Webster On-line Thesaurus:
Entry Word: HANDLE

Function: verb

1 to deal with (something) usually skillfully or efficiently <as host of a live TV talk show, she must handle any situation that comes up>

Synonyms contend (with), cope (with), grapple (with), manage, maneuver, manipulate, negotiate, swing, treat

Related Words bring off, carry out, pull, swing; command, direct, guide, steer; control, regulate, run

Phrases have a grip on

Near Antonyms botch, bungle, goof (up), louse up, mess (up)

Antonyms fumble, muddle (through)

2 to behave toward in a stated way <handles all requests the same, whether they come from long-time customers or new ones> -- see TREAT 1

3 to control the mechanical operation of <in shop we learned how to handle basic woodworking power tools> -- see OPERATE 1

4 to look after and make decisions about <Mom takes care of the flower beds, and Dad handles all the lawn care> -- see CONDUCT 1

Yup, that about covers it!

How many times have you been in the ring and you have had to: deal with; get a grip on; grapple; control; make decisions about; muddle through; maneuver; fumble; and, yes, even bungle your two minutes allowed for highlighting your dog's conformation and movement to the judge?

Have you ever come out of the ring dejected over your loss because you knew you had the better dog? Have you ever stopped to look at another dog and thought, "How the heck did they win? Have you ever thought that the *Professionals* win because it's all political anyway?

One word:  Handling.


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