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Old 03-24-2014, 04:07 PM
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Hello everyone I was just wondering if anyone knew of any good books on showing dogs, especially those for a novice? I want to get into the show ring in a few years but want to start learning as much as I can now.

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Old 03-25-2014, 07:50 AM
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There are plenty I haven't read, but here are some that I've liked.

Show Me is a good beginner's guide and walks you through all of the basics of understanding how shows work, and getting to your first show: http://www.amazon.com/Show-Me-Caroli...og+show+primer

Tricks of the Trade has a lot of good tips for a beginner: http://www.amazon.com/Tricks-Trade-B...ds=dog+showing

Show Dog follows a show dog over a year, so it's not a how-to book, but it does explain a lot of the basics and politics: http://www.amazon.com/Show-Dog-Charm...=dog+show+book

Born to Win: Breed to Succeed is a classic. It's not really a how-to book for beginners, but it covers a lot about what makes great show dogs. http://www.amazon.com/Succeed-Trotte...eed+to+succeed

This two are on my list to read:
New Secrets of Dog Show Handling: http://www.amazon.com/New-Secrets-Su...ds=dog+showing
The Winning Edge: http://www.amazon.com/Winning-Edge-S...ds=dog+showing
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Thought I would also mention this one:
http://www.amazon.com/Positive-Train...0&sr=8-1-fkmr1

The author has a Facebook group and is quite happy to answer questions people have too. I've only interacted with her once but she seems quite nice and helpful.
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Thank you so much for the recommendations. I'm going to see if I can a few copies to read. I want to show AmStaffs in the future and looks like these books will be a great start.
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By far the most helpful thing was taking handling classes. You could start handling classes with your current dog to get practice and experience before getting a dog to show.
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