My daughter is 4 years old and is already working on learning to walk Riddick (our 8 month old lab pup) and keep him under control. She can walk him pretty well actually on a loose lead.
I want her to be involved wiht Jr handling, which I know kids can't get started in until they're 9 years old. When did you or your kids get involved, and how exactly did you go about preparing for it? Ideally, I'll be able to get Riddick his Ch title and then she can just handle him as a Special when she gets older as prep for being eligible for Jr handling.
I first started in 4-H when I was only eight years old. Right now I am more interested in agility and obedience, because I believe it is more fun, and it takes more teamwork between you and the dog. But, I will be getting a border collie this winter to show in the breed and jrs ring.
Do you know that in UKC a child can show at age 4?
Although I think jr showmanship is great....I will warn you. It can be rough. There are still politcs....and it's not all fun. I see a lot of conceited jrs that only care about winning....I mean, for others that regularly compete in jrs...they could care less. (That's actually why I prefer agility more...its not ALL about winning).
I think what you are doing so far with her is great. But, I have another question. Is SHE intersted in it? Or do you WANT her to be? The thing I love to see the most with young juniors is that they are actually enjoying themselves and are not being forced into it. And usually if a child really likes it, they will put more effort into it. They will be lwillling to learn to groom,...etc and just to prepare for the show.
i showed in jr's when i was younger (waaay back when), and have coached my son to do jr's, he's 14, but has always handled in breed ring, and jr's is much different, he's ready now, we were waiting for his show dog to mature enough for the class (need a well trained seasoned dog to do well)