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post #1 of 44 (permalink) Old 06-16-2010, 08:11 AM Thread Starter
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First Show This Weekend

I have never showed before and neither has my puppy. We have taken show handling classes and I think I am ready. I am so nervous.

I have a handler on stand by to take the leash should I happen to pee my pants or something.

I have worked really hard because I always had unregistered dogs and I did the BYB! I really want to build a good name and be a reputable person in german shepherds.

I have a great mentor who has been a wealth of valuable information.

I have been practicing and I am taking the step to jumping into the show ring.

Does anyone have any last minute tips? How do I get my nerves under control so that my puppy does not worry?

Here is a picture of the instructor stacking her and showing me how it is done. She is seven months old and other than the darn cat scratching her nose and the hairing coming in white she is solid black.


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she's gorgeous!!

I dont have any last minute advice on the nerves,,I did the "ring thing" years ago, and I have to say, I was a nervous wreck in there also! Now, doing obed/agility, I was calm as a cucumber,,something about the conformation ring made me nerve up LOL..

Glad you have a handler on the side lines,,I used one the majority of the time, and it was definately a relief)

Good luck and let us know how she does!

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she's gorgeous!!

I dont have any last minute advice on the nerves,,I did the "ring thing" years ago, and I have to say, I was a nervous wreck in there also! Now, doing obed/agility, I was calm as a cucumber,,something about the conformation ring made me nerve up LOL..

Glad you have a handler on the side lines,,I used one the majority of the time, and it was definately a relief)

Good luck and let us know how she does!
Thank you! I will for sure let you know and post pictures and details. I want to brag now about doing things properly and getting away from the BYB!


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Oh my.... GOOD LUCK!!!!

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Good luck, no matter what try to have some fun and enjoy your dog. Can't help with the nerves thing, the only way to get better is by doing more and more trials!




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Your dog will be able to smell how nervous you are thru your breath. Take some peppermints with you to suck on before you go in. It will also give you nice minty breath for the judge.
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Your dog will be able to smell how nervous you are thru your breath. Take some peppermints with you to suck on before you go in. It will also give you nice minty breath for the judge.
I will do that. Thank you!

She is such a good puppy and we are doing great in classes. So I guess the next logical step is the show. So Saturday and Sunday....we jump in.
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How Gorgeous! And good luck this weekend!

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Relax, have fun, keep your eyes ahead of you or on the judge, be courteous to the others in the ring (if I'm first in line I always make sure to check the person to my left and ask if she's ready before we gait).
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Relax, have fun, keep your eyes ahead of you or on the judge, be courteous to the others in the ring (if I'm first in line I always make sure to check the person to my left and ask if she's ready before we gait).

Thank you. Useful tips that I probably would have forgotten. I am not sure who we are against or how many yet! Will find out more Saturday when I get my catelogue.
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