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Old 10-22-2013, 05:50 PM
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Hey y'all. So, I'm going a little bit out of my comfort zone and agreed to handle an ACD in an upcoming conformation show. I'm not the least bit coordinated or graceful with MY gait. I've been watching millions of "tips and tricks" videos today, but was wondering if anyone had some go-to videos or literature to help me out.

I'd like to stay away from making a complete ass of myself, if at all possible.
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Are there any classes near you?

I looked at Youtube quite a bit, but honestly going to handling classes was what helped the most. There is a handler who teaches and "Intro to Dog Shows" handling class here and it was invaluable. I still have lots to learn, but taking those classes helped me immensely.

Other than that, I can't really help. Sorry! Good luck though!
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Are there any classes near you?

I looked at Youtube quite a bit, but honestly going to handling classes was what helped the most. There is a handler who teaches and "Intro to Dog Shows" handling to class here and it was invaluable. I still have lots to learn, but taking those classes helped me immensely.

Other than that, I can't really help. Sorry! Good luck though!
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I found handling class really helpful. Kili is my first showable dog. My breeder chose her for me for agility but suggested I could try my hand at showing her since she was also "show quality". It's really not my thing but I had fun. I was also lucky that all the judges I had at my first show were really patient and super nice. I've had to show under some less understanding judges too. Just not nearly as fun. But I'm all about fun. I got my dog for sports and companionship. I don't really care that she hasn't gotten any points. Might e different depending on if there are expectations on this dog you're showing?
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I found handling class really helpful. Kili is my first showable dog. My breeder chose her for me for agility but suggested I could try my hand at showing her since she was also "show quality". It's really not my thing but I had fun. I was also lucky that all the judges I had at my first show were really patient and super nice. I've had to show under some less understanding judges too. Just not nearly as fun. But I'm all about fun. I got my dog for sports and companionship. I don't really care that she hasn't gotten any points. Might e different depending on if there are expectations on this dog you're showing?
The breeder would obviously like to see points on this dog, but she isn't going to be devastated if I mess up. She's been super good with working with me thus far. She's got cancer and is currently going through chemo which is what is stopping her from handling herself. She knows I'm interested in getting more involved in the breed and I'm also handling another one of her dogs in herding, so she asked if I wanted to give this a shot.
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Hey y'all. So, I'm going a little bit out of my comfort zone and agreed to handle an ACD in an upcoming conformation show. I'm not the least bit coordinated or graceful with MY gait. I've been watching millions of "tips and tricks" videos today, but was wondering if anyone had some go-to videos or literature to help me out.

I'd like to stay away from making a complete ass of myself, if at all possible.
I used to do obedience and agility and I tripped numerous times and even fell a couple of times (slippery grass!!!) and I still for reserve haha (had a good dog who wasn't phased by my blunders).

I say just to our there, they to relax and have fun. I found that the more nervous I was the clumsier I was lol.
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