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Best competitions or trials to try???

We have two/1 year old pups. They love going, have been in training since they were 4 months old...nothing serious...just socializing, basic obedience, tricks and tracking food. They moved to more serious training every Saturday since they turned 5 months old. The trainer teaches protection, tracking, real world agility, obedience and bite work. We love the guy. We are considering shows....and wanted to know the best show to start with! Is there a good setting competition? Do all require us to have all of their paperwork? We can get it together we just have not actually registered them yet....we were in no hurry since we never considered shows. Seeing how much they love to work, and train we are now considering it!
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My AKC experience is old (over 10 years old) but you had to have paper work to do obedience trials. You might want to look for fun matches near you as a place to start.

For Schutzhund DVG does not require that the dog be registered or purebrerd but you have to have your scorebook to enter a trial. You are required to belong to a club to enter a trial. You are required to have a BH to do anything else and the dog must be 15 months old to try for a BH. Don't know what the requirements are for other organizations.
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What do you mean by "shows?"

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I personally love agility. XD

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My AKC experience is old (over 10 years old) but you had to have paper work to do obedience trials. You might want to look for fun matches near you as a place to start.

For Schutzhund DVG does not require that the dog be registered or purebrerd but you have to have your scorebook to enter a trial. You are required to belong to a club to enter a trial. You are required to have a BH to do anything else and the dog must be 15 months old to try for a BH. Don't know what the requirements are for other organizations.
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What do you mean by "shows?"
Sorry....meant different types of competitions or work that is just fun for the dogs....groups that like to work their dogs...stuff like that...don't care for ring shows...and not sure our working line Czech\DDR shepherds could even participate in ring shows...



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Well working line dogs can do AKC...if you mean schutzhund the best start would be a club trial-I think
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I think your trainer that does all these things would be the best place to find information. What has he/she said?

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What is a ring show? You mean conformation?

For all AKC stuff you need to have your dog's registration. You generally have to be registered/signed up for the show like 3 weeks in advance. There is a show closing date. UKC stuff you can register day of, or earlier and generally get discounts.

The obedience, agility, rally, conformation trials have fairly strict rules that you should know before entering. The actual trial has a very organized order that you should know before you ever enter the ring. You should understand what you are and aren't allowed to do when it comes to your dog. For instance, in the AKC, if your dog leaves the ring without a leash on, you get NQ'd, which means you fail even if you did get a qualifying score. There are also very intricate rules on points and what's allowed which you should have some idea of. For instance, in the AKC, depending on what exercise you're on, you can give your dog "encouragement" and lose points, but if you give a second command, you fail.

In Schutzhund shows, the obedience portion is memorized, so you need to know that before you get in there since the judge will not give you any commands.

You should join a club, or take a class that is pointed towards whatever trial/show you're interested in. I'd be surprised if your trainer didn't know some of this stuff as a sign of a good trainer to me is someone that has titled/shown their own dogs in the area they claim to be an expert in.

What is "real world agility?"
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Well working line dogs can do AKC...if you mean schutzhund the best start would be a club trial-I think
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