In my quest for competing in just about every venue I can with my GSD Xena, I've been turning a lot of attention to SV-Conformation shows (though not yet Seiger shows). After scouring the web, articles, forum posts etc I think I've got a good idea about it. Once money builds again I'll be joining up with the USCA and registering Xena with them too.
Right now she does ring class weekly, and has been in a couple formal and informal shows and she works well with moving ahead. Sometimes she pulls left, but were working on it. Considering the amount of conditioning that will be needed (mostly for me), and the distance/infrequency of shows in my area, I dont think we'll actually be entering an SV-Show for a while yet so I've got time for us to prepare.
I do have some questions though, so if anyone can help me out that'd be fantastic!
The first question I have is about handling. I kind of dont want to hire a handler for a few reasons, and I dont mind bumbling through things while learning. It would honestly be far less stressful for me to handle, but I'm curious if it is actually allowed or not. Nothing I read gave a straight answer. Some articles said owners cant show and some said it's not recommended, and some talked about owners first time in SV shows actually showing, so I'm honestly not sure what the definite answer is.
Another question, how many times can a dog compete for a rating? And is there any distinct reason that a dog would be V in one show and SG in another? Is that even a possible outcome? I'm not entirely sure how the ratings really work. I know how the show itself works, but in AKC shows a dog could win the breed under one judge and lose it's class under another judge, but at the end you get points which lead to a Championship. If I were to enter Xena in a show and she gets an - optimistic - V rating, and at another SV-Show under a different judge she gets a G, which title would stick? And could I compete again to get a better title?
I'm sorry if this sounds like a glaringly novice question, but I couldnt find much information about this online. I havent yet looked into books about SV-Shows, but I will soon. Any volunteered information is also really helpful! Thanks!