I am one of those crazy people who loves dogs and wants to do everything possible with them. I have worked with Vets, rescued dogs, doggy day care, and now at the end of the month I am going to start showing dogs. My neighbor owns Borzoi dogs and is going to show me how to show them and what not. At the end of this month I get to go to a show and show one of their dogs. Anyone who has shown dogs before: What type of breed was it and do you have any tips you could share with me?
Hi and good for you. Growing up my parents use to raise and show Dobermans, and I use to show yorkies nothing big just locally. Now my daughter is in to Jr. showmanship and we are back in the ring with Standard poodles.. Really just relax and enjoy the moment. Be relaxed the dogs can tell if your nervous. Practice with the dog before hand if you can so he/she can get use to you and your smell. If this dog has been in the ring before he/she kinda knows the routine. Let the dog know you are in charge. Praise always helps be upbeat maybe not much help but I just get so excited just being in the ring....Alot of times unless you have a big time handler you will not win.. I know with these Poodles the people are cut throat but it does not bother me. To me my dog is always the winner Good Luck and Just have fun you can learn so much.
I used to show a silky terrier. It was really fun. Eventhough the dog wouldn't stand still when I tried to groom her, she was really fun to show. As soon as my spinone italiano grows up, I'll show him. I also have showed other spinoni too. I used to handle my doberman in juiniors, but we had to have her put down. I thouht it would be fun to show borzoi, but I wouldn't know. Are they fun to handle? EDIT: I forgot to mention that I sometimes showed one of my grandpa's chesapeakes.
Get some breath mints before the show. Wear something nice with pockets, so you can easily stash treats. With a large breed likea borzoi, you need to take extremely large strides when you run along side the dog. It feels funny but the more you extend yoru stride, the more the dog does, and it makes the dog look far far better.
Poodleprint, where do you show? I show Siberian Huskies, and Golden Retievers, and it is a lot of fun. Don't feel bad if you don't win at first, the people who have been showing a long time know a lot of tricks to get the judges attention and make their dog look better. My suggestion is that you take a handling class or two before you go to the show, that way you won't be so nervouse. Even if you have been to a lot of shows, it is a lot different actually being in the ring, and you tend to forget simple stuff. Just remember to have fun, and don't get stressed out over things you can't fix.
Haha, I just remembered watching a short clip of a lady falling when she was on a turn (running) with her Newf or someother large breed. So be careful with that. Even on the Eukanuba shows today, you can see quite a number of people slightly slipping when they are on a turn with their dog (mostly large breed). as you can tell im not a show expert but its good advice. =D
I've been involved in the breeding, raising and showing of purebred dogs since 1969, first with the Old English Sheepdog and lastly with the Chinese Shar-Pei. Even tho I have titled more than 65 champions to date (8 have been homebreds), it took me seven long, long years to finish my first. I was either extremely persistant in my younger years or downright dumb. Now, somewhat semi-retired from all that hard work, travel, time and expense, I breed just for myself and enter shows when I feel like it. I've had two top winning dogs with multiple Speciality wins, Group1s and too many Best of Breeds to remember. In the mid-90s, I took a bitch to an all-time record of 13 championship titles; a record not yet defeated even though she has been deceased now for five years. I've hired professionals and been one. Even traveled to Europe on several occassions to show. Sold puppies and champions all over the world; two are leaving in October for Bucharest. I think my national club is a joke and a vast majority of those in my breed are there strictly for the ego trip and money. All in all, it's been experience. Showing a dog SHOULD be fun but today's politics has turned it into a comedy of errors and it's the poor breeds who loose. Ellana aka LadyInBlack
We show in Pitts, New York, Va, ohio jsut a close circuit to our house would love someday to go big time but to many kids not enough money not enough time always wish I would have gotten into it earlier I grew up showing jr and handling Dobermans my parents use to raise and show them I love the ring it is exciting just to be standing in there.......A couple of my Yorkies I had a handler show to finish them off but that was about 15 years ago and now we are into standard Poodles.
Lady in black congradulations to you impressive record.. I could not agree with you more about the showing alot of politcs it use to get to me because some of the dogs that won were really something, something else. However now I know what I have I truly just love the excitement my kids love it and what a better way dogs and kids beatl alot of other things that they could get into...
When I started years ago showing my dog, the really good ones did win and the really not-so-goods didn't. Pretty simple and straightforward. When your dog titled, it meant something. But by today's standard, that's not always the case. Top names and MONEY promote inferior dogs. Clever grooming and drugs alter a dog's quality or lack thereof. And, in many cases, it's true.....show a dog enough times and it will finish. Kind of a slap in face of people who really do have great dogs that can't move forward because of all the garbage on the mats. But, it's all we have right now to 'judge' the quality of our individual animals. It's a far cry better than not showing at all because breeds NEED a way to measure which dogs are good enough for reproduction and which ones are not. Puppymills and BYBs don't show and yet they account for more than 70% of the puppies sold in the US. Fanciers, like myself, who test and certify (hips, elbows, knees, thyroid and eyes) are shunned by others when we should be getting a metal of honor for protecting our breeds from genetic illnesses and defects. However, for every ONE of us that does, there's 300 that do not, in my breed especially. The Shar-Pei is genetically related to the Chow Chow. That breed ranks #1 with OFA as having bad knees and elbows. The Shar-Pei ranks #3 for elbows and #9 (I think) for knees. Now, it would not take a brain surgeon to figure out that NO Shar-Pei should be used for breeding before it's been certified clear of those issues. But are they? NOPE! The standard answer from those breeders is: "If I don't think it's a problem in my line, why waste my money testing?" My reply is: "If you don't test, how do you really know for sure?" They don't because it isn't in their best interest to know. There are 11 Shar-Pei currently (as of 4/04) with all four OFAs (hips, elbows, knees and thyroid) and CERFd. I own/have owned or bred over half of those. My one studs has FIVE health certifications and THREE championship titles. He was in the top 25 of his respective breed from 6 months of age until I retired him last June (03). Even ranking #5 before his retirement. Owner-handled, I might add. No one comes to use him for breeding because they know I would require the same of their bitch before I would consider the breeding. No one wants to subject themselves to having to admit their bitch isn't sound or healthy. So they go to another stud with only one or two OFAs owned by a breeder than doesn't care about the genetic well being of the puppies their stud produces. See? This is what happens to breeds because of the ego and greed of their owners. LadyInBlack
Lady in Black, You seem to have had a wonderful dog show career and are now at the point where you can just enjoy it. What an accomplishment! 13 Titles on one dog. Congratulations! My wife and I began showing Toy Poodles 2 years ago. Nothing like showing in Bred By. We just sent our male with a handler after a show this last weekend. He has 4 points, but we have to keep showing against the #1 Toy Poodle/#1 Toy Group/#1 all-Breed dog in the US. This can get very frustrating fast. But at least we show up. Most shows, it's just us and the #1's handler with his group of toys. I enjoyed reading about what you said with the politics in AKC. Very true, especially in poodles (all sizes). My opinion on showing is as follows. When it stops being fun for you, stop. If it isn't fun for the dog, they shouldn't be showing. Big handler's win most of the time, but they probably started just like everyone else. Start with quality. If purchasing a show dog, get the best you can afford from a show kennel. It's not cheap to show dogs, but it doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. You don't have to buy a $100K motorhome. Go to local shows to learn. IABCA (International Shows) are very relaxed and a good place for you and your dog to "get the feel".
hi im 15 now, amd i have been showing german shepherds since i was 12, i love it, i also have 2 train them do pull me in the ring, coz the showing i do is they have 2 pull u and when the judge tells us 2 stand them up we do it and then we go round the huge ring a few tims then we have 2 run with them but the dogs r just sapost trott and NOT run , but its easy coz we trained them 2 do this. i only show my unlce and aunties german shepherds though which i prefer coz i love the dogs and they love me. just relax b4 u go in and dont think about all the people lookin at u.