DECATUR, AL (WAFF)- There are no "barking orders" here, only gentle reminders about how to conduct yourself on a leash or lead.
Good doggie manners are important in the show ring. Owner/handler Susan Hines will tell you practice makes perfect for her Havanese.
"We also have to keep them brushed, keep their coat in good shape, so that means a bath at least once a week. Keep their teeth clean. Keep their ears cleaned out. Lots more grooming and lots more practice," said Hines.
And what about those judges who put their hands all over the dogs while they evaluate them?
"We try to socialize them from birth, for that matter. The more we get them out, the better off it is for them and for us because then they are more apt to let folks come up," Hines explained.