Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Jane's suggestion is good, Nosework is great for dogs that need space. If she cannot be approached and touched by strangers, conformation is out. The judges need to literally put their hands all over the dog to feel for the angles in the skeletal structure and judge the body mass other than the appearance based on their coat. They will also have to check the teeth/bite and if you are doing SV ring, the tattoo or microchip. My dog is not outgoing but is able to ignore the other dogs and people. He doesn't appreciate a male judge checking his testicles but he will tolerate it because I say so. Another part of it is your confidence with the dog. If you are worried about how she will react, that can play into how the dog will behave. If you are not confident about her ring training, I would not take her into the ring. You could try to find a "match", which is setup like a show but you don't get real wins/points, it's more for practice and for dogs still in training.