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Old 12-30-2013, 06:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I just signed Jade and I up for our first trial! We will be doing beginner novice. Nervous does not even begin to describe how I feel, but everyone has to start somewhere right? I have a couple of newbie questions for y'all!

The show is Jan 18th and 19th and about 2 hours away from our house. About how long should I plan on being at the event each day? And how do I know when I need to be there?

The trial secretary to whom you sent your entries will send you a judging schedule that will give you the time your class starts and how many dogs are in your class.

Would you recommend getting a hotel in town or just making the drive both days?

That depends -- do you like to get up early? Does your dog like car rides? If the answer is no to either question I would get the hotel room.

Besides the basics (crate, leash, collar, ect) what should I plan on bringing with me, and is there anything that I should make sure to leave at home?

Take water and a chair. For beginner novice make sure you have a 6 foot leash. If you are taking a toy for a reward, make sure it doesn't squeak. That could bother the other novvice dogs.

Any tips/advice for this VERY nervous first timer?
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