Originally Posted by frostfell
borrow the dog you will be handling and practice practice practice. remember to gait the DOG towards the judge, not you. the mat is for the DOG, not for you. wear nonslip shoes. practice your walking/gliding. practice setting up. practice practice practice (with the dog you are handling). you know what you are supposed to do, you just need to train your body to do it from muscle memory. and the dog.
Thanks frost! I will remember that. I have trouble remembering the mats are for the dogs, so I need to stick that in my head.
Originally Posted by JennSLK
Has the dog been shown before? If not get the dog used to exams.
Yes. She has a few points already.
A couple of tricks/tips I have been taught I'm not sure how experienced you are in general so some of this you might know.
Get someone who knows the breed and whont try to screw you over to watch you gait. No dog is perfect but there are ways to hide this sometimes. Get them to watch and tell you what speed really shows off the good points about the dogs movement.
I'm working with the breeder (though this is an outside lined dog). She's helped out a ton so far, but my running/gliding has been a major struggle point for me.
Once you have done the down part if you need to stop for a second to settle the dog before you do the back part.
When the initially stack the dog for the judge to look at before the exam don't actually give it bait. If the judge is a teeth first judge then there will be nasty bits of bait in there when the mouth is open.
Watch your ring. Keep track of what breed is before you and make sure you have a idea of the class that's in the ring. For example if you are shaping a jr puppy dog you need to be there right away but if you have a open female you have longer to wait depending on entries.
If you have a big class or are winners and are waiting in the ring while the specials are being gone over dont over practice. Yes it's a good idea to do some but relax a bit too. A lot of dogs will get bored stacking over and over and over while waiting. Same goes for outside the ring waiting for your breed/class to be called.
Know how fast your dog moves. Always leave enough room in front of you so you aren't running up behind the dog in front.
If you are in front and told by the judge to go around together get yourself ready and turn to the person behind you and ask if they are ready.
All of the above is good to know! I hadn't even thought about that yet!
Don't loop the leash around your hand. Have if folded up inside your hand. I have found that sometimes the dog just wants to move out a bit more. Let them. If the leash is folded inside your hand you can let it out a little easier.
If you aren't sure of a ring time ask the show secretary or ring steward. Preferably the secretary. Just explain you are new and need help. Or ask a nice competitor.
If I think of anything else I will post it. I hope that all made sense I'm on my phone. Lol
Relax and have fun. If you screw up well there is next time. The dog will be able to tell if you are stressed
Thanks for the great points! Answers in bold.
Originally Posted by Gypsydals
Which show are you going to??? And how far are you from Grand Rapids? Like others have said, get the dog and practice. If you can't make it to a class, practice with the dog infront of the owner. If she breeds and shows them she should beable to help you.
I'll be showing at the West Michigan Harvest Cluster on Saturday and Sunday. It's about 45 minutes south of GR at the Kalamazoo Expo Center. NOW NO ONE SHOW UP TO STALK OR KILL ME! I know, I'm just that awesome. I've been working with the breeder/normal handler and as I said above, she's helped a lot but there's a few points that is just continued practice for me.
Will you be around for this show?!