My daughter showed in juniors when she was younger. Do you have a local GSD club near you? Maybe someone from the club can mentor your son and help him learn the proper way to handle and present a GSD. The AKC junior ring is pretty competitive, you'll want to make sure your son has good instruction and is comfortable presenting the dog before he goes in the ring. The junior is "supposed" to do all the training on the dog that they are presenting, however, when my daughter was showing, we ran into a lot of kids using retired champions as their junior dog, the dog was 100% ring trained already for the kid!! I am not aware of any actual AKC junior handling classes, maybe things have changed since my daughter showed. You may look up a local all breed club as well, they may offer conformation classes, but your best bet would be a shepherd specialty club. German Shepherds show like no other breed, so the handling is a bit different then say a toy or working breed. Good luck to your son, we need some new handlers in this breed!!
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