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    Has anyone put their dog in the ring..
    I am getting a new member of the family soon ( another French Mastiff)
    and would love to show her if she is suitable.
    I have read some info from Qld DOGS but all the content
    is just over whelming.
    I have no clue as to where to start, so I thought I would research now.
    Even if the new pup is not suitable I will however enter a dog at one stage.

    I think I will go to a show in Brisbane to see how things run.
    I feel a bit weird as there are a lot of critics out there.

    I could just see me in the ring with a hot pink suit on
    with matching nails & toe polish Bahhahahaaaaa..
    Serious i need to look the part and leave my trademark.. LMAO

    I always thought I would enter my boy but he would run off and attack
    other dogs and I would probably go skidding in my pink suit

    OMG I am seriously rolling over in laughter and talking to myself here on the net OMG
    I need friends hahahaaaa

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    I show.....And I do not wear any bright colours or shiny stuff....We have done quite well with Lukey, Groups and such and even with other newfs there he usually gets Best of Breed. Lukey got his Championship in his short stay with us and Katy was well on the way....That has stopped now, due to her injury. I prefer Rally Obedience and Obedience Trials.

    Showmanship makes a huge difference..When we first started we were lousy at it and flunked out major....With some help form show savvy people and teaching our dogs to stand and run, we have made the grade.

    I still have to really concentrate as where and when to be in the ring.....And in the beginning missed out several Groups, because i had no idea....A kind Steward made me realise my dog was supposed to be in the Group and we won that day LOL.

    I show for my Breeder, to promote her breed and because the dog is used for Breeding. It has been a good experience, but i can never be as show orientated as some...i still have fun and have met some nice people on the circuit :-)
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    Yeah I am going to look into this.
    I certainly wont be wearing any bright colours heheh
    I'll leave those at home..

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    I used to show with my wolfhound boy. He and I both hated it, lol.

    However, my tips would be:
    * Get along to some shows to see how they work. Identify which ring you are in, and watch how other exhibitors present their dogs
    * Set up a 'mock ring' at home (pigtail stakes and string) and practice your gaiting, turns (never ever turn with yourself between the judge and dog) and to practice stacking (not the falling down type!!)
    *Grab some other dogs to go in the ring at home, too, so your pup gets used to being in company. I once lost a challenge because my boy wanted to turn around and look at an unfamiliar (and probably in season) bitch behind us.
    * Grab someone knowledgeable to teach you the different instructions the judge might give, ie run around in a circle, go out and back etc
    *Get your pup used to bring handled- toes, ears, head, bum...
    *Put together a 'burglars box' (dunno, what my mentor called hers) with all the essentials you will need- combs, chalk, cool collars etc. Mastiffs drool, so you WILL need a drool rag
    *Buy a suit and sensible FLAT shoes. You want your suit to contrast nicely with your dog's colour so you don't 'melt' together... But the colour needs to highlight and make the dog's coat look nice.
    *Be early
    *Listen carefully
    *Be prepared for a long day

    Undoubtedly some more seasoned competitors will have more tips for you.

    Good Luck!

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    Hay newf were do you show your dogs ?
    If you are reading this then you're doing just fine as to
    I'm not going to tell ya I lost the ' , . ? ! " Keys to my head
    No grammar no problem I don't know how to fly it any way Bye

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    Albury, Wangaratta, Sydney, Melbourne and some of the larger rural shows
    Pets are forever

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    I show, what would you like to know.

    Yes suggest you go out and look at shows, however it's unlikely you will know how things run unless someone explains it to you. Perhaps your new dogs breeder will help you. Have you told them you want show quality?

    Lots of people knock the show ring, it's too this or it's too that, it's all about the "look" etc. Remember you are presenting a team, look the part, feel the part, first appearances will get you a second look.

    Some people spend an enormous amount of money on their show outfits, but you don't have to, it's a personal choice, good shoes are advisable though. And it doesn't need to be sparkly pink, it just needs to compliment your dog. I wear a black linen skirt $15.00, a couple of black singlet tops $10ea and an unlined linen jacket $60.00 bought from Susan Grey chain store, one in pink one in tangerine.

    I think many people would be envious of the training and behaviour of show dogs, some obedience people are going well to get their dogs past a stand for examination and some pet owners have difficulty getting their dogs examined by their vet. Piece of cake for the show person. That combined with their ability to mingle amongst other dogs, who doesn't want that? So their are plenty of bonus' to giving the show ring a go. Most importantly of course is seeing how your dogs stacks up against the competition, if there are dogs you'd like to use as stud over one of your bitches (you don't want to keep doing the same matings).

    I also suggest when you get your new pup that you get it out for socialisation around the show rings or your local obedience club etc, this will benefit both you and the pup when you start to show. Also getting them used to physical handling from strangers.

    Most importantly get a catalogue, know the breed that commences before yours and be ringside as they commence, tell the steward (not the judge) that you are new and advise them of your number. Do not leave unless you first check with the steward you are finished and if you placed first and beat the opposite sex in that age group stick around for group.

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    If you would like a complete run down on how shows operate pm me your email address I have a typed run down that I did for one of my puppy owners who is interstate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfsie View Post
    Albury, Wangaratta, Sydney, Melbourne and some of the larger rural shows
    Wow I live about7min from Vic dog HQ in carnboune maybe you can pop in some time maybe
    If you are reading this then you're doing just fine as to
    I'm not going to tell ya I lost the ' , . ? ! " Keys to my head
    No grammar no problem I don't know how to fly it any way Bye

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    And I have all the Mannals but be warned some of than are smoobie and and say no one can beat my champion
    Just don't let them get to you
    If you are reading this then you're doing just fine as to
    I'm not going to tell ya I lost the ' , . ? ! " Keys to my head
    No grammar no problem I don't know how to fly it any way Bye

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