choke chains always look huge when they're hanging on the wall. Lots of people use the martingale collars for smaller dogs though. I'd probably go with a light choke chain to the first class (thats what I did). I actually mail-ordered my first show lead and collar,they're far more expensive from vendors at dog shows. As long as you know the right size and right style.
Minniyar these chock chains were on the dogs not on the wall.
I was just wondering if it would be alright to show up with just a nylon collor and lead.
I don't want to look to much like a stupid amature.
I have shown dogs before, but it was a long time ago and they were all finished dogs.
So this will be my first attempt with a green dog.
Plus he is going to be 5 in December and not really the perfered color for his breed.
Will the judges pay a lot of attention to the callasus on his elbows?
I'm thinking of getting a pro to show him, but what to see if it is even worth it first. The intrustor for the class tomorrow night is an ex handler and is trying to get his judges licence. His son does the handling now.
He's who I talked to yeasterday. He seemed really nice, so I am hoping all goes well tomorrow.
Ok, let's see- first- what is the breed and color of your dog? I may can give you an idea on your chances, coming from a breed with many colors. Is the color a "legal" color? If, for instance, you are wanting to show a dog wherein the standard states "the color liver is to be severely penalized, then you are sunk if that is the color dog you have. However, if it is something like a tricolor Aussie where Blue merles are a popular color, then you still have a chance as tri is an accepted color.
Here is a thought on why the show chokes may look big- I show Shelties- yes, I can slide a smaller size choke over the dog's head, it will slide right over his ears - BUT - OH, DEAR, when I try to get it back off! It is stuck down in his fur! Woven into his fur, even! It won't come back over his ears! What a mess! I have, with too small a choke, had to take an extra 30 minutes to carefully work the collar out of the fur of the dog, because there was not enough slack to work with.
Also, you must remember that some breeds have a big head. That neck may be much smaller than the head, but that choke has to go back over the head to get it off; they don't have buckles or clasps.
On the elbows, well, do the other dogs look the same way? If they don't have the calluses, then you are screwed there. Anything that stands out that makes your dog look "different" will sink you in most cases.