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Lee Whittier

AKC Judge

Coach & Mentor

Owner Handler


Insider Knowledge

Motivational Coaching

Dedicated Community

Meet Lee Whittier

“You can be better than you ever thought you could be.” —Lee Whittier

Lee Whittier’s multidimensional experience in the dog show world sets Dog Show Mentor apart. She has the knowledge of a judge, the motivational skills of a coach and mentor, and the drive of an owner handler.

She can relate to the disappointment of coming home from a dog show empty-handed and the feeling of accomplishment when your Very Good Dog makes you proud.

Join Now to become a Dog Show Mentor member and, together, we can learn and celebrate your wins.

AKC Judge

As an American Kennel Club judge, Lee knows what judges want and what they see. For more than 20 years, she has traveled across the U.S. to dog shows small and large, including

Lee has developed mentoring relationships in every breed for which she is approved to judge as a way of tapping into the knowledge and expertise required to judge a breed well. As a former AKC executive field representative, she also has the perspective of how judging dogs outside the ring differs from judging them in the ring, hands-on.

Coach and Mentor

Lee’s professional background is in coaching and mentoring. She has helped individuals—and dog clubs—resolve the “unresolvable.” With Dog Show Mentor, she has dedicated herself to giving great advice to owner handlers and clarifying critical aspects of navigating the dog show world. Dog Show Mentor is right for motivated owner handlers of all levels of expertise who want to do some serious winning!

Owner Handler

Lee is a second-generation dog person. Her mother dabbled at breeding and showing Collies and Golden Retrievers. Lee took her mother’s hobby further as an adult, breeding Best in Show, Specialty-winning Rottweilers for over 25 years and showing many breeds in the Working, Sporting and Non-Sporting groups. She’s also an active member of local, regional and breed clubs. At the moment, she has four rambunctious Tibetan Terriers, including a new puppy!

Featured Articles & Interviews

Episode 49: What Was the Dog Show Judge Thinking?
Laura Reeves and Lee Whittier


Bouncing Back From a Loss – A Judges Perspective
By Lee Whittier


The Love Connection | Unspoken Magic Between Top Handlers and Their Dogs
By Lee Whittier



Dog Show Mentor

Lee Whittier launched Dog Show Mentor to give owner handlers authentic information about what judges are really looking for, how decisions are made and how you can use this information to win more in the ring.

As a 20-year AKC judge, she knows that exhibitors have misconceptions about the “black box” of judging. Dog Show Mentor helps owner handlers move past common assumptions, focus on practical strategies to take ownership of presentation, and take performance to the next level.

Insider Knowledge

No other program has the breadth or depth of detailed, accessible content as Dog Show Mentor. Lee’s 100+ MasterClasses and 50+ expert interviews provide insider knowledge on every aspect of preparing and showing your dog. And there’s more content being created all the time!

Personalized Plans & Motivational Coaching

Top athletes and business leaders have coaches to up their games. If you want to peak performance in the ring, you need a coach too! As a coach and mentor, Lee motivates members with personalized, disciplined, goal-oriented plans and strategies to build a track record of success and get better all the time. She builds confidence, leans into the power of mindset, and strengthens your mental game.

Dedicated Community

Dog Show Mentor members join for the incredible content, insider knowledge, and personalized attention. But they value the unexpected benefit of support and companionship in our community of owner handlers. Lee builds community bonds in MasterClasses and a private social media group to widen the circle of support.

Mission & Vision

I’m on a mission to equip owner handlers with the tools, the training, and the confidence to win more in the ring….

And when you win more in the ring, you win more in life!

– Lee

Core Values


High standards for owner handlers & their dogs


Privacy, safety & trust


Respect, kindness, support & grit


Honesty, fairness & good sportsmanship


Clear policies & expectations

Unleash Your Magic

Dog Show Mentor will show you how


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