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    Or if it is a table dog you have to lift your dog onto the table and stack for the judge to go over. But other than that ..... what clea said! LOL!

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    I have a junior handler's handbook...would you like me to email it to you? If so...pm me your email address.

    Really...in my opinion...the "free stacking" is the hardest to teach your dog and Ruby doesn't have a clue, but I don't care. It is supposed to be fun and a sport!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    not really...some of them actually mind very much...having a stranger squeeze their ball bag to make sure 2 testicles have descended into the scrotum. They mind so much...some have tried attacking the judges doing it!
    wow, so i gather its very frowned upon then if the male doesn't take it . .
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    Yep Poppy, bad news. Dogs are judged on their temperaments as well as looks, and shyness or aggression is not to be tolerated. People need to train their dogs to know what is expected of them.

    I show too and love it. You can show as often or as little as you like, depending on how far you're willing to travel of course! There are shows on most weekends, and sometimes weekdays (Fridays or Mondays usually).

    You need to be a member of your State controlling body - Dogs NSW, ACTCA, Dogs Vic etc and either own or have access to a registered entire dog to show.

    You don't have to own the dog, like Judgethebreednotthedeed is doing - some people handle other people's show dogs. This is common if owners/breeders are too old, infirm, busy etc to do it themselves but still want their dogs out there.

    Yes there is bitchiness. But that is in lots of hobbies (some kid's sports parents are pretty scary too!). Some people take it way too seriously, but again, that's people for you! It is a hobby, and it is supposed to be fun. Otherwise there's no point!

    I love getting out and catching up with friends. To me showing is always like a picnic day out - with the bonus of having my dogs and all the other ones about!

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    I've been showing for 20 years now. Not long home from one now. Just managed to miss the rain. Swear to dog if I get Res Ch. once more I'm going to scream. Chasing two measly points for CH.

    I've shown in three different rings. Working, Gun Dog and now Hound.

    I had a break when I married into a ready made family but have gone back to it.

    My boy is very competitive and has been doing extremely well.

    I enjoy all aspects of the dog world, teaching, training, showing & breeding. When I had the Kelpie's they were titled in both the obedience and confirmation ring. But with a ready made family I have slacked off a bit.

    I attend two to three confirmation shows a month, have my own training business and volunteer at an obedience club approximately 8 - 10 lessons a year.
    Last edited by mouseandchicken; 02-14-2010 at 10:03 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mouseandchicken View Post
    I've been showing for 20 years now. Not long home from one now. Just managed to miss the rain. Swear to dog if I get Res Ch. once more I'm going to scream. Chasing two measly points for CH.
    I feel your pain MAC - I've been chasing 5 for some time now. Damn lanky teenager Saluki going all gangly and awkward! Res Ch... Grrrr...

    Yesterday wasn't too wet down here - enough to put some nice curl in the borzoi coats! Though I hear Erskine Park was awash last night...


    I love showing every weekend but housework etc catches up with me so I too try and do 2 or three weekends a month.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nattylou View Post
    You need to be a member of your State controlling body - Dogs NSW, ACTCA, Dogs Vic etc and either own or have access to a registered entire dog to show.
    On the last point you mentioned "entire". Some conformation shows offer the ANKC Neuter Classes and for these the dogs and bitches must be Neutered (NOT entire).

    Also there is a new ANKC conformation title "Neutered Champion" and the following news from this link address.
    TDW - President's Report

    From the President's Report DogsNT

    Welcome to 2010 and what an exciting year it should be. In my last report I told you of the ANKC National Conference in Melbourne. Due to the minutes not being ratified I could not divulge any information. This has now been done so I can tell some of the decisions that were made.

    For the last 3 or 4 years your Council has been pushing for Neutered dogs (and bitches) to be given more opportunities in the Conformation Ring. We have tried several different approaches, but could not gain the support to have them implemented. At the 2009 conference our latest proposal was met with overwhelming support. So I am pleased to announce that as of 1 July 2010 Neutered exhibits will have their own Conformation Championship Title available.

    This title will operate on the same 100 points system currently in place for the Australian Championship title. Points will only be allocated in "Breed", as Best Neuter in Group (or Show) is only a Class the same as Junior or NT Bred etc which do not accumulate any extra points. There will be NO Grand Champion Neuter title available.

    Trialling members have not been forgotten in this as the accepted proposal included allowing the Neutered Champion Title to be used as required "Conformation Title" for gaining the coveted Dual and Triple Championships.

    The race will be on, who will be our first to gain points towards this title and who will be our first "Neutered Champion"? I am so excited about this new title I will personally donate a trophy to the exhibit that is the first to gain this title in the Northern Territory to celebrate their achievement.

    If you would like more information on this new title please send me an email or give me a call and I will send you further details.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quincy View Post
    On the last point you mentioned "entire". Some conformation shows offer the ANKC Neuter Classes and for these the dogs and bitches must be Neutered (NOT entire).
    sure...but what's the point???

    most all-breeds have no neuter class...it is mostly specialty shows that hold neuter classes. I could show my desexed boy, but he was desexed for a reason...because he is not good enough for the show ring!

    I have shown in Utility (Rottweiler) and now Terrier (Staffy) rings. The concept is the same, but breeds are stacked different. Rottweiler are stacked side on for judge...Staffies at a 45 degree angle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    sure...but what's the point???
    Maybe consider this as a point.

    ANKC Membership Statistics showed 54,590 in 1995 and since then have declined where last year's figure was 33,855. Similarly in proportion ANKC Registrations have declined.

    A lot of shows do not have the optional neuter classes and I think that the main reason is that they simply would not get the entries to justify having the classes. To attract entries maybe neuter classes and titles could be actively promoted.

    Neuter classes and titles may enable more people to enter shows so that can get to know dogs better from a conformation point of view, and so that they can experience showing plus get to know lots of people in the show scene, and in time they may decide to obtain entire dogs to show and become future breeders.
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    I believe the decline is due to the costs involved in showing from all aspects. Raising a dog
    What if the dog doesn't turn out
    Entry fees
    Cost of fuel
    Keeping numbers of dogs at home
    The multitude of activities that children are now involved in (keep parents busy of a weekend)
    Poor or face judging
    Money money and more money

    Getting the best dog takes a long commitment. For instance, I am not going to sell you the best out of this current litter, I may sell you the second best, so when we compete against each other it is more likely that I will win. This in turn turns you off showing.

    You can jag it on occasion when the breeder has two that are so close or they misjudge and sell you the best one. But I have found if I want to get the best dog/bitch I need to work for quite some time on my own bloodlines to produce one myself. I have been very lucky with my boy, the father of this litter, that the breeder was after a particular thing (it was a dual sired litter), when she got what she wanted this boy was put up for a show home only.

    If I neuter it's because they are not good enough.

    I do believe I would be doing even better if I had not stepped away from the ring for a while or if I had remained in Kelpies, but a good dog/bitch will get you noticed and/or back in reasonably quickly. You have to also learn which judges to enter under or not.

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