Showing is a sport that has a real human element. If I asked a judge how to do something, I would do it how he wanted it done. I would not argue with him, he is ticking off the scorecard.
I have not really ran into a problem like this though. Well, there was the lady that knocked the vast majority off because of the one step, two step three steps back. I think she did not count right. I mean, I showed two dogs, and did two steps back twice with BOTH dogs??? But anyway, she was knocking off points on a goodly percentage of us, so....
It is funny, a judge that I showed under, was entered in a class I was in (he was in B, I was in A, but the walk-throughs were at the same time). He said to me that since I had a long dog, I should ask the judge to widen the serpentine. I did not. (I was used to pretty tight serpentines in our training class).
My girl took the class and he came up to me and said, he still would have asked her to widen it. I told him that I was pretty used to them being tight, but was nice about it.
I mentioned it to my instructor, and she said she was surprised because someone asked him to move a sign to accomadate his dog, and he told him that if his Briard could do it, any dog should be able to.
So, there are judges and judges. I do not think he was steering me wrong, but I prefer to ask questions about how a judge would like for me to perform a sign, where, etc. And then just take the judge's word as gospel and do my best to perform it as they want. And I get pretty good scores (most of the time).
Judges are kind of like moderators, you cannot have the sport without them, but they have to decide who gets charged with penalty points and who does not. Some have different opinions of how things ought to be and sometimes it does not feel fair. But for the most part, it is a crazy job that is not well compensated for.
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