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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-17-2012, 12:11 AM Thread Starter
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HELP with stacking job for both dogs please!

Zefra will be going for her SG () in a few months and I am entering Stark in a CKC show when the next one becomes available.

I would like some advice how to stack them both.

The photo's are VERY dark because my camera is broken and I had to use my sister's phone. Sorry!

I like Stark's stack but not sure if I am doing him justice or not... ?

And Zefra's stack needs work.. we have just started working on her "stand" command and her "wait" command is kinda iffy if the cats are around... LOL... so we did our best. Head is too high - I know, angle is off, I know..

To me, she looks too compact, like she needs to be stretched out a bit?

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Stark looks good, but I'd try and get his head (neck) up a little more. Leaning too far forward flattens his wither.

With is rear, it looks like he's toeing out with the forward foot. When you set that foot, grab him by the hock, and turn the foot inwards (towards his belly). It should then set straighter when released.

Both dogs also look a bit east/west in front. When setting the front, grab by the elbow When setting the left foot, grab the dog's head and turn it to the left while holding onto the left elbow. Rotate that foot inwards, towards the center line of the chest. Do the same for the right foot, turning the dog's head to the right as you set the foot.

The feet will want to rotate back some, but will largely stay in a forward facing position, which creates a better appearance of the front.

Try and get Stark to lean forward a bit, and get up on his toes. His pasterns won't look as soft.

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Jackie, come to Oregon and make Trent look good, please! I'll have to make another stacking video when I get the chance so you can tell me if I'm doing it right now. I've been looking back on the one I made previously and could definitely see all the points you made, especially regarding the effect leaning forward had on his withers. Wish I lived in PA, you'd probably inspire me enough to try throwing him in the AKC ring for fun

Elisabeth - Zefra does not have much rear so while she appears "compact", as you say, the stack itself is adequate. Her hock is perpendicular to the ground, which is how she should be positioned. It is more how she is built, rather than how you stacked her. She's still in that leggy stage. Xeph may have good advice for that, though, and I know when puppies are in that stage, photos don't tend to do their structure any favors!!

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Can't really comment, but I do like seeing that their back hock is perpendicular to the ground. It drives me insane when people over-stretch the dogs and the hock is going at an angle....

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