I already posted this elsewhere but forgot to post it here (talk about CRS!)
My husband and i went to Biloxi Mississippi for a dog show December 9-10, just a 1 day thing so that we could get aaway, see the casinos for the first time, etc.
In the show on Sunday, Riddick got his first point toward the 15 needed for his AKC championship!! He also got Best of Opposite Sex but that's not nearly as big a deal lol.
Needless to say we are very excited about it. Although I've been into dog shows for a while (mostly as a spectator), this is the first ever point a dog I've owned/handled has achieved, so I am soooooo proud. We won't be able to do any more shows until February (show season reallllly gears down around Christmas) but I'm very very excited about the upcoming spring. Riddick's breeder has also offered to handle him at major shows, which is also cool/awesome. I should be getting the show prints in a week or two, I'll post them when I recieve em :)
congratulations to both you and Riddick ! i love to watch the dog shows on tv. have only actually attended a couple of shows here. it was great to see all the beautiful dogs and their proud owners. give that baby a big kiss and a lot of hugs !
It was fun, though I have to say despite the fact we were at the show site for more than an hour, Riddick acted like a *total* doof in the show ring. And I left my treats in the hotel room, and the only place selling treats at the show site was out… Anyway so yeah, he was very .. um happy bouncy. Kept jumping around when I was trying to gait him around the ring for the judge. Luckily he stood still for the physical examination, it was just when we were on the move that he dorked out.
We were the only dog in Am Bred, there was a 9-12 mo pup, two 12-18 month dogs and Riddick so it was a very small entry, even for Labs. I guess most people werent' sure of the accomdations in Biloxi since it was still damaged from Katrina.
One of the 12-18 month olds was a huge dark yellow dog, and man was he a handful. He was very very pretty but he was on the verge of being out of control. The handler had been walking around before the show and he was growling and snarling at every dog he saw. Hackles up, the whole 9 yards. Not the kind of temperament I'd ever want to see on a lab. Seriously it was more suited to an Akita than a lab :P That dog didn't win 12-18 months, the nice looking chocolate lab in the ring with him did.
I have to wonder if the judge took note of that yellow lab's behavior before he came into the ring, they're not supposed to judge the dogs outside the ring but it'd be hard not to IMHO, with the ruckus he was raising. It probably didn't help that they were judging staffordshire bull terriers, american staffordshire terriers and bull terriers in the same ring before Labs went in. So there were quite a few 'confrontational' dogs around.
Anyway so we get in the ring for Winner's Dog and we’re first, there’s a chocolate lab behind us (the one that won 12-18 months) and the yellow pup behind him… Riddick and the chocolate lab glance at each other for like 0.0005 seconds and immediately decide they hate each other. First time this has *EVER* happened with him. Riddick was growling, trying to look back at the chocolate lab as I’m trying to take him around the ring, and I didn’t have a treat to get his attention, I was doing my best. This after Riddick has basically ignored every single dog outside the ring, including the overly twitchy big yellow lab.
The judge stopped me, said that the dogs were facing off and that Riddick’s hackles were so raised she couldn’t see his top line. So she let me lead Riddick away from the chocolate lab and we calmed him down, and then took him around again (he did beautifully once he was calm). I happened to be looking Riddick when she said WD (and my hearing is bad anyway :P) so I didn’t even realize at first she meant us until I looked up and the other 2 people were just looking at me like.. “Hey.. get up here, moron, you won!…”
Husband videotaped the whole thing on our new camcorder for our entertainment lol. I'm afraid to watch it lol.
BTW is it seriously part of the breed standard for a bull terrier's head to be in teh shape of a football, because thats what it reminded me of. Does that weird head shape end up causing health problems?
Congrats!!! As a father who has a daughter in Jr. Showmanship there are so many stories one can tell. It sounds as if you have had quite the experience. I was talking with our breeder about 2 upcoming dog shows in our area where daughter and dad are going to be in. It sounds as if the judges are judged as much by breeders as breeds being judged by judges. As with any other competition judged alot of it is subjective. Congrats again and keep up the good work!!!
How old was your daughter when she got into Jr. Handling? Caitlin's 5, and I realllly hope she will be interested in showing Riddick in Juniors when she gets to be 9. Right now I'd let her do more but she is very petite (she only weighs like 32 lbs) so she has a hard time controlling Riddick without being dragged around, you know? He wants to please her, but if he turns the wrong way, she tends to be pulled over.
Anyway I really think it'd be a great hobby for her if she's interested. Out of curiosity, I cant' remmber... do they allow baiting in the Jrs ring?
Our camcorder doesn't have an SD card, I'd need to copy the minidv over to a dvd, and then get some screen caps. Which I'm tempted to do anyway. I may set my husband onto that project when he gets home. WHat I do, is, I start in trying to do it, and then I look so inept and confused he gets impatient with me fumbling around and takes over while I sit down and watch. Which is what I wanted to do all along. ;)
Yes, an AKC show. That's pretty much all that's available here in the south. 2x a year they have UKC shows in the vicinity, that's not really a lot compared to the multiple shows the AKC will do in teh same period.
Minniyar, my daughter is 13, she's been in and out of shows for the past 2 years. We are getting ready for a show in WI and IL this upcoming January. She co-owns a female setter w/our breeder. She has some ribbons and points but still working on her CH. I'm going to start showing my male at the same shows w/her. A bonding type of thing. Local 4-H clubs, at least here in WI usually have some type of obedience/agility/showmanship classes for dogs.
I would highly recommend that you offer your child the oppurtunity to show. Don't push her but let her know what it is all about and go from there.
Yes baiting is allowed at least the shows I've been to. My daughters dog, Rhoda is about a 70# setter so I understnd the problem w/child and dog size. But at least w/Jr showmanship, its more about the handler then the dog and the breed confirmation. By the time your child is old enough your dog will be more mature and use to working with it's Jr. handler.
***Edited By: irishacres on 12/11/2006 7:04:25 PM*** Reason: add
yeah we're trying to teach Caitlin how to walk Riddick now, how to hold the leash, that kind of thing. He's been in obedience training and in general does very well. And he adores Caitlin, they'r elike best buddies, so I think that when she is ready he will make a great Jr. handling dog for her.
Sounds if you got everything under control. I look forward to your posts about the shows and your child. I'm kind of nervous going to show my guy in the upcoming month. He loves gaiting, but hates stacking and grooming. He would rather go fishing or run through the woods. Whereas Rhoda just eats that stuff up.
Just to toss in, since we are talking about Jrs... that's how I got my start with dog, I can't tell you how important this was for me, and how much I learned. I am going to apply to be a Juniors judge in the next few years, hopefully :)