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    Hi guys as you probably all know sasha has been entered in her first show in july. I am soooo excited!

    This is going to be not only my first time showing a dog but my first time at a dog show!

    I just want to know from the experience people out there what the judges look for and look down on with dogs... and helpful tips of anything else you could think of would be great, remember she is only 7 months so will be in the young group.

    thanks guys

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    Get yourself to a dog show (without your dog) asap, you will pick up lots of things just by watching a show in progress and talking to handlers.

    Become familiar with your judge- see them in action at a show if possible. Judging is such an individual thing, and while the breed standards are specific, the judges will still have their own preferences.

    In Melbourne, there are classes run by Vic Dog specifically to train handlers and dogs to go around the ring. NSW might run a similar program.

    It's only your first show so your goal for this one should be to have fun.
    Good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by doglifetraining View Post
    It's only your first show so your goal for this one should be to have fun.
    Good luck
    This is exactly what sashas breeder has told me, i am going to stay at her place for a week before the show so she can teach me and sasha to go around the ring and help me with the stance etc, and she is going to clip, scissor and "fix sasha up" for the show, just thought if there was anything i could do before i get to her place, would be good to do it now

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    I wouldn't have clue about shows, but I do wish you the best of luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    Learn from the mistakes of others?

    Horrendous Handling Blunders - Dogz Online Forums
    That link was so funny to read.

    It prompted me to think of the first time I went in to the ring (obedience) with my weimaraner. We entered the ring and began our routine. The judge asked me to 'left about turn', I did a right turn! Then, he asked me to 'sit your dog', my dog wouldnt sit! This was a dog who excelled at club obedience. The judge asked for a few more things, none of which my dog would do. Consequently, I was asked to leave the ring!!!!!!! I was mortified!

    So, I learned from that. My dog and I were just not ready at the time. I tried again after waiting/working for two years and we ended up placing at every other show we were in. We both just needed time to mature.

    You will have some of your own stories over time in the ring, learn to laugh at yourself and you will be fine.

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    Glad you enjoyed it DLT.

    Habitat - one needs to practice all the competition/training skills in as many different habitats as possible. Eg my dog will do a drop stay for me any time I ask at the beach - which is a pretty distracting environment.

    But yesterday at friends farm for the first time - alpacas were too much (fun).

    Fortunately she did what she always did and kept her distance. And they didn't run which took all of the fun out of it and enabled me and my friend to catch naughty hound.

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