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11-18-2012 01:05 PM
Stosh You're right, it's done on lead. I was talking about what I've seen in general as some of the most common mistakes. There's so much to think about!
11-18-2012 01:39 AM
spiritsmom Above all, have FUN and even if you NQ still give your dog a treat and try harder for the next time! I have been NQ'ing so much that I am shocked if I qualify! But Nyxie still gets that treat when we leave the ring.

And BREATHE! Loosen up and enjoy yourself. I've seen some exhibitors take it out on their dog when they don't get the score they wanted. Nyxie NQ'd twice this weekend and while it was embarrassing and I was upset over the mistakes she made that I didn't see coming, she's going to get her CD sometime and I will be so ecstatic when she does! Don't want to ruin the show experience for her so I still treated her like we had qualified and I added her mistakes to the list of things I need to proof her on.
11-17-2012 12:15 PM
Karla Yes, the BN is done on leash, except for the recall and sit/stay exercise.

A choke chain is allowed. I use one because I don't like the flat buckle collars messing up the neck fur.
11-17-2012 12:12 PM
gagsd For AKC, I just use a fursaver or a martingale.
Choke/slip collars are OK. Be aware that in AKC, a correction in the ring is really not acceptable. Leash must have a "j" loop hanging down from collar.
11-17-2012 11:41 AM
bethany.cole2013
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Originally Posted by Stosh View Post
Our AKC obedience training club puts on pretty large obedience, rally and agility trials and practice show 'n go days in the weeks previous to a trial. See if the club that's putting on the trial has some of them so you can give it a try beforehand. I've been a ring steward at many trials and the most common mistakes I see with first timers is that they take the lead off the dog before they enter or just as they enter the ring, rather than waiting for the judge to tell them to. Sounds like a little thing but it can mean a DQ if the judge is that picky. It's not inappropriate to let the judge know it's your first trial and they're usually very helpful. Try not to be nervous and remember that everyone wants to see you and your dog do well.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't Beginner Novice exercises done while on leash? Also on another note. Showing equipment. It states in the rules that you can't use a training collar such as a prong collar. But, would a choke chain collar be considered a training collar and be inappropriate to show in? If so, what do you guys use to show your dogs in?
11-17-2012 11:26 AM
Stosh Sorry for the typo- I meant NQ. Although it would be nice if they gave everyone a DQ cone as you exited the ring
11-17-2012 09:44 AM
Stosh Our AKC obedience training club puts on pretty large obedience, rally and agility trials and practice show 'n go days in the weeks previous to a trial. See if the club that's putting on the trial has some of them so you can give it a try beforehand. I've been a ring steward at many trials and the most common mistakes I see with first timers is that they take the lead off the dog before they enter or just as they enter the ring, rather than waiting for the judge to tell them to. Sounds like a little thing but it can mean a DQ if the judge is that picky. It's not inappropriate to let the judge know it's your first trial and they're usually very helpful. Try not to be nervous and remember that everyone wants to see you and your dog do well.
11-17-2012 03:54 AM
gmcwife1 Great thread, my 13 yr old is going to train our GSD for obedience
11-16-2012 04:37 PM
FlyAway If you can't get to a trial, check out some of the YouTube videos.

akc beginner novice obedience - YouTube

Especially Louie here who scored a nearly perfect 199.

11-16-2012 04:34 PM
bethany.cole2013
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I'm 45 min. north of Louisville, I wondered when you mentioned March if you were talking about the big cluster show in Louisville.
If those are your plans and your first show, you might want to think about showing on Thurs and Friday during that show it always seems less crowded on those days then on the weekend.
I train at a place off the Gene Snyder but it's east of Louisville so might add even more time to your drive.
Yes, that would be the show that I am talking about. And thanks. I have requested the necessary information and registration packet from the show secretary already. I will definitely keep those days in mind when I put in the information on the registration form. And yes, Gene Snyder would only add more to the driving time. I'm still on the search for good training clubs that would be somewhat close to me, so if anyone knows of any that may be closer to Hodgenville, KY please let me know.
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