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Meet Lee Whittier


How I Started in Dogs

I am a second generation dog person. My mother dabbled at breeding and showing Collies and Golden Retrievers. My childhood pet was a black Miniature Poodle. As an adult, I bred Best in Show, Specialty winning Rottweilers for over 25 years. I have owner handled dogs of numerous breeds in the Working, Sporting and Non-Sporting groups.


Why I Developed Dog Show Mentor

If you don't know what advice to leave and what to take, you're in the right place!  I'm dedicating my life to giving great advice to the people who really want to hear it and clarifying critical aspects of navigating the dog show world. Here's the Dog Show Mentor program. Whether you're brand new to the sport or have been showing for years, if you are motivated to do some SERIOUS winning, this group is for YOU!


Why I Care

 I started Dog Show Mentor because I often heard exhibitors "creating fake news" about what a judge was thinking or why a judge pointed to a dog. They were usually wrong. It’s human nature that when people don't know something, their minds create a story based on assumptions. I created a program that will give you authentic information about what judges are really looking for, how decisions are made and how you can use that information to win more in the ring.

Those of us who show dogs all have one thing in common: we all showed a dog for the first time! In honor of each of our humble beginnings in the ring, I decided to create this mentoring, members-only community for all levels of expertise.


 My Judging Career Since 2000

Approved to judge four groups:

  • Working
  • Terrier
  • Toy
  • Non-Sporting


  • Six Sporting breeds (new in 2020)
  • Eleven Hound breeds (5 new in 2020)
  • Bouviers des Flandres - Herding group
  • Miscellaneous classes
  • Junior Showmanship
  • Best in Show

I have developed mentoring relationships in every breed for which I am approved, as a way of tapping into the knowledge and expertise that is required to judge a breed well. As a former American Kennel Club Executive Field Representative, I have the additional perspective of how judging dogs outside the ring differs from judging them in the ring, hands-on.


My Affiliations 


Current Club Affiliations

Previous Club Affiliation
Woodstock Dog Club
  • AKC Good Sportsmanship Award recipient
  • Show Chair for 14 years
  • Assistant Show Chair
  • President
  • Vice President
  • Member of the Board of Directors
  • Constitution and By-Laws Revision Committee
  • Catalog Advertising Chair


  • Marylhurst University B.A. Communications
  • Woodbury College Post Graduate Certificate Mediation/Conflict Resolution


My professional background is in coaching and mentoring individuals primarily in lifestyle awareness and conflict resolution. I have assisted individuals and dog clubs in resolving the un-resolvable.


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