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    Default Whats It Like to Show??

    I was wondering, what is it like do show? what do you do to prepare and once you get in the ring? who shows on here??

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    I show!

    It is stressful and fun. We don't take it too serious really...we want Ruby to enjoy herself. It is very competitive and can be somewhat bitchy!

    I don't do much stacking training with my girl, because she is a not a natural show pony. She tends to shut down if you push her, so we are just doing fun things to get her to run. We attend show training when it is on.

    We definitely teach "show teeth" from the second our puppies enter our house. They MUST show teeth to us and anybody else without fighting them...this is something we practice EVERY day with our pups. Also...teaching them that people can touch them without them getting an attitude including teaching male dogs that they must tolerate when someone is touching their ball bag!

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    it is very bitchy, i would never show again

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    i didn't think the males would mind too much . . .
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    I show - I love it! It is nerve racking and fun. I have shown a lot of different dogs in my time (been doing it on and off since I was thirteen) and now show my parents dogs, although in five years I will be getting a german wire haired pointer so will get back in the ring 'properly'. Pretty much all the dogs I have shown are wash and wear so not much prep required.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poppyx View Post
    i didn't think the males would mind too much . . .
    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!

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    I thought you need a pure bred dog to show.

    Agility and obedience comps - are different but I've met some competitors before their turn and they're worse (nerves and grumpiness) than I am before playing a hockey GF. Although I don't blame them. I'm not the most charming person before a hockey game even when we're not keeping score. And if things don't go well, some of them get really upset.

    I prefer competitions and assessments based on getting things right, not on somebody's subjective opinion. So I'm always going to prefer agility type comps to obedience or dog showing.

    Olympic ice skating got a little bit fairer when they started ditching the top and bottom scores. It would be even more fair if they had a few extra judges and the computer randomly ditched a couple of scores from the middle too. Then you couldn't have the Russians making deals with the French to fiddle scores. But it happens almost subconsiously - ie theres a limited supply of good judges, and they see a limited number of top skaters. Any new skaters suffer by comparison ie it's harder to recognise when they've done something well.

    The same would apply to dogs. The judges would know the top level dogs and breeders and there would be a slight bias (or a big one) towards those and that would mean newbies would suffer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    I thought you need a pure bred dog to show.
    you do

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    I show!

    It is stressful and fun. We don't take it too serious really...we want Ruby to enjoy herself. It is very competitive and can be somewhat bitchy!

    I don't do much stacking training with my girl, because she is a not a natural show pony. She tends to shut down if you push her, so we are just doing fun things to get her to run. We attend show training when it is on.

    We definitely teach "show teeth" from the second our puppies enter our house. They MUST show teeth to us and anybody else without fighting them...this is something we practice EVERY day with our pups. Also...teaching them that people can touch them without them getting an attitude including teaching male dogs that they must tolerate when someone is touching their ball bag!
    what do you do when you enter the ring? and how often do you show?

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    at first you "Parade" around with the other entrants in your group. One by one...you will present your dog in stacking position for the judge. Staffy must be presented in a 45 degree angle to the judge. Judge comes over...often asks how old the dog/bitch is...will check teeth and run their hands over the dogs body...if it is a male, they check the testicles. They ask you to run your dog....first you run up and down straight from where judge is standing....judge will expect your dog to free stack at the end of this exercise. Judge says...go around and your move in a circle (or triangle) with your dog on your left side...and end the presentation. You wait until the judge has seen all the group entrants and you then go in and line up to be told who is the winner. Does that make any sense?

    I have shown Ruby 4 times now...she won Best baby Puppy of Breed in her first entered show. We have about 7 or so shows coming up

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