DO THESE GENES MAKE MY BUTT LOOK FAT?

2009 (TX) A seminar devoted to the driving force of our dogs - the rear quarters as well as the attachments to them, including the tail and "those damn dewclaws." Elements of rear quarters construction, correct and faulty and Briard-specific traits described in the standard - our j-crook tail and required double dewclaws, will be discussed in depth. Differences of tail shape, tail carriage and attachment will be examined, as well as history and variance in the Briard's dewclaws. A PowerPoint presentation and live examples will be used. This presentation is for Briarders of all levels of experience.

BRIARD COLOR GENETICS

2001 (OH); 2007 (OH) This seminar, presented by Barbe Lynch, is an introduction to the colors that Briards as a breed have genetically; how breeders produce different colors knowingly and unknowingly; and how to increase the knowledge used to select for color. The program is aimed at current breeders, potential stud dog owners and those interested in Briard colors.

BREED EDUCATION SEMINAR FOR ALL BRIARDERS

1993 (CA); 1999 (MO); 2003 (MD); 2005 (WA); 2007 (OH); 2009 (TX). Also offered yearly Harrisburg (PA); MOBC 2009 (OH). Open to all. This seminar uses the BCA Power Point and materials to examine the breed standard in depth. The program includes live examples displaying various breed characteristics, and hands-on examination of dogs. A required component for those pursuing the BCA Presenter -Tutor program. Ringside tutoring will be available for those who fulfill P-T requirements.

HEADSTRONG

2008 (KY) If you would like to take the right "heading" in your journey to know about the Briard, join us for an in-depth look at a major part of our standard, the Briard head! From viewing artist renderings, photos, and sculpture, to learning how to measure, to a special hand-on examination of real Briards' heads, you won't want to miss this special BEC seminar. After this event, you will know the difference in Briards' heads and you will feel confident with your knowledge about one of the most beautiful heads in all of the canine world.

MOVEMENT 201: MOVEMENT AND MUSCLES AND BONES, OH MY!

2007 (OH) Building on Movement 101, this presentation will examine through the relationship of movement to structure. Attendees will enhance their observation skills while learning to recognize correct movement as described in the Briard standard, and understand how irregularities of gait may occur based on skeletal structure. Attendee must have previously attended a BEC Movement Seminar or be an experienced breeder/exhibitor with good knowledge of anatomy and structure.

PRESENTER/TUTOR SEMINAR

2007 (OH) Anyone interested in becoming a Presenter -Tutor is encouraged to contact the BEC Chair, Meg Weitz (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to schedule a group meeting or tutorial at the National. Applications for P-T can be filled out and filed with the BEC for review, prior to the candidate taking the required tests on Anatomy and the Breed Standard and history. Tests may be taken at the National or with a BEC/P-T proctor any time after the application is approved. For more details please see http://briardclubofamerica.org/Education/Presenter

MOVEMENT 101: BACK TO BASICS

2006 (IL); MOBC 2007 (OH) Review of the anatomy and structure necessary for correct movement. For all who would like to gain a better understanding of basic canine and Briard specific terminology and its relationship to correct movement. This seminar includes video of the basic gaits and movement of the dog.