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01-01-2014 06:28 PM
Billn1959 I showed my boy Howie at a UKC event when he was 7 months. I had the same concerns you did because he can get very hyper around new dogs and people. The judges were very understanding and encouraged me to keep working with him. He actually behaved well once he got over the initial excitement. I also took him on a long walk before the show.
12-10-2013 12:28 AM
martemchik
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I would wait until your pup is a little more mentally mature before showing. Some training clubs have a class for conformation showing, which is worth your while if you're planning on going into the ring.

I'm going to disagree with some of the others who say it isn't worth it to show in AKC. You will not win, of course, because working line dogs will always be beaten by show line dogs. But I love to see working dogs, of any breed, in the show ring. People complain about the extremes of the show dogs, but unless we show our working dogs, judges never really get to see what a "real" GSD looks like. If all they have to choose from are extreme show dogs, that's what they will reward, and it won't change unless we give them something else to choose from.

But this is a long-term goal, not about winning, but about getting your dog out there and being seen. If everyone with correct working dogs gets their dogs seen in the conformation ring, eventually things might change, and more moderate "working" structure will stand a fighting chance. So I do think it's worth it, if you can afford to do it. You just have to go in there with a good attitude, be gracious, and not expect to win.
The judges see working dogs all the time. Most of them are prominent members of our national breed club and probably their local one as well. Every judge I have ever spoken to (even AKC judges) have had no problem discussing how my boy looks and the fact that he's a working line. They know exactly what the differences are just as good if not better than the people on this forum. Sure...you run into one once in a while at an all breed show that doesn't have any clue what the GSD standard is, but when you're judging hundreds of breeds it gets difficult.

If you want to spend hundreds of dollars trying to make a point at your local/regional dog shows, go for it. But at the end of the day, its going to be a very expensive point that is just going to fall on deaf ears. I would try to put my boy in an AKC all breed show, but I'd get crushed not only by the dogs, but their handlers. AKC is a lot more than just the dog...you'll find that out if you join your local GSDCA affiliated club.
12-09-2013 03:28 PM
ristakrat
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Originally Posted by Freestep View Post
I would wait until your pup is a little more mentally mature before showing. Some training clubs have a class for conformation showing, which is worth your while if you're planning on going into the ring.

I'm going to disagree with some of the others who say it isn't worth it to show in AKC. You will not win, of course, because working line dogs will always be beaten by show line dogs. But I love to see working dogs, of any breed, in the show ring. People complain about the extremes of the show dogs, but unless we show our working dogs, judges never really get to see what a "real" GSD looks like. If all they have to choose from are extreme show dogs, that's what they will reward, and it won't change unless we give them something else to choose from.

But this is a long-term goal, not about winning, but about getting your dog out there and being seen. If everyone with correct working dogs gets their dogs seen in the conformation ring, eventually things might change, and more moderate "working" structure will stand a fighting chance. So I do think it's worth it, if you can afford to do it. You just have to go in there with a good attitude, be gracious, and not expect to win.
Waiting for my puppy to mature and consistently training her for showing will help us put our best foot (and paw) forward which being the only show line dog in a ring is imperative I'm sure.
I really believe in working dogs. Training and showing is just another place versatility shines. She is good at so many things!
How can judges see a working line GSD if no one shows one. I'll start looking for for others who might want to train and join a show for fun.
A show with a working line dogs of every color sounds like a nice dream to me <3
12-09-2013 01:02 PM
Liesje Definitely take a class. Regardless of venue, you will need to know the basic procedures and proper etiquette.
12-09-2013 11:16 AM
Freestep I would wait until your pup is a little more mentally mature before showing. Some training clubs have a class for conformation showing, which is worth your while if you're planning on going into the ring.

I'm going to disagree with some of the others who say it isn't worth it to show in AKC. You will not win, of course, because working line dogs will always be beaten by show line dogs. But I love to see working dogs, of any breed, in the show ring. People complain about the extremes of the show dogs, but unless we show our working dogs, judges never really get to see what a "real" GSD looks like. If all they have to choose from are extreme show dogs, that's what they will reward, and it won't change unless we give them something else to choose from.

But this is a long-term goal, not about winning, but about getting your dog out there and being seen. If everyone with correct working dogs gets their dogs seen in the conformation ring, eventually things might change, and more moderate "working" structure will stand a fighting chance. So I do think it's worth it, if you can afford to do it. You just have to go in there with a good attitude, be gracious, and not expect to win.
12-09-2013 10:43 AM
martemchik If you are going to do AKC, you're just going to be donating money to the club hosting the show. I've heard of people showing their working dogs in AKC that were the only GSD there and they were still handed a 2nd place ribbon to make sure they didn't go into the group. You'll get really discouraged in AKC, its just not worth it.
12-09-2013 10:07 AM
marbury Start slowly shaping her behavior. Encourage her to stand for petting without jumping up. Ask strangers who pet her if they'd be willing to help do some training with her; you'd be surprised at how many people are 'honored' to help train your dog! Ask them to 'go over' your dog as a judge might. Don't discipline your pup if she gets wiggly or bouncy but have her settle before the exam continues. You want to build a habit of standing politely for exam. Most passerby on the street don't pet the hind end of an unknown dog or go over their legs, tail, or underbelly. That's the part that can spook dogs new to judging. If you get a jump on it now and just make it totally normal for her to get pretty personal with her casual petters you'll have an easier time in the ring.
Get her used to gaiting at an optimal speed. Get YOU used to gaiting her at an optimal speed! And when you hop in a ring for the first time, forget about the judge. If you don't have the benefit of local ringcraft or handling classes consider your first entry a paid learning fee. Just concentrate on making it fun and engaging for your pup and the rest will follow with time and repetition. HAVE FUN!
12-08-2013 11:59 PM
qbchottu Try a SV or UKC show - agree with others - I wouldn't bother showing a working line in AKC
12-08-2013 11:56 PM
Xeph And I don't mean to be discouraging. AKC is just SO expensive, and to have no pay out from it...not worth it.

It would be one thing if a ton of working lines were entering together, but with only one? You're looking at $64 for one show weekend, just in entry fees.
12-08-2013 11:55 PM
Xeph I would show your puppy in UKC. She is just not going to do anything in AKC. She doesn't have the same kind of structure, as she is working lines, not American show lines.
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