Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: The frozen tundra
Start going to classes where they offer conformation. They will teach you how to handle and how to stack your dog, the ring procedure, etc. Go to shows and watch the handlers. Go to a GSD club, or a training school with GSD experience, for classes because showing a GSD is different than showing other breeds- the stack is different, the dog gaits in front (rather than beside or behind the handler) and we have a temperament test (that other breeds do not have). After several classes you will see if you like it. Most important is to make sure your dog likes it, especially if it's a pup!!! You need a happy, look-at-me dog to win (along with good conformation and movement) if you plan to be successful. And wear good shoes :-) I'd also recommend you have someone look at him that's in the breed to evaluate to see if your pup is show quality- save yourself time and money that could be invested into activities where you can be successful (like agility I think you mentioned). Showing is a lot of fun! Having a mentor is something to look for too, so if your breeder is willing look to develop that relationship. Good luck! & Have fun.
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You are his life, his love, his leader.
He will be yours, faithful and true until the last beat of his heart.
You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion."