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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-12-2011, 08:35 PM Thread Starter
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Do you need a pro handler for the breed ring?

How many owners handle their own dogs in the ring and do well? Do you really NEED a pro handler?

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Do you really NEED a pro handler?
The honest answer is no, if you have the talent to exhibit a dog. I owner handle my dogs.

All of them. All the time. The only exception would be if my legs weren't working (and honestly, I'd rather pull the dog than have somebody else show it).

We have done ok for ourselves.

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Most of the people I know show their own dogs.

I don't, though. My knees are shot, and I absolutely cannot run around a ring, so my breeder/friend shows for me. Our specialty is next weekend, and she is going to run her fanny off in that huge ring!

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I have done both. I usually start my dogs, get a few points and experienceon them, then I hand them off to the handler who taught me many of the tricks and techneques that I use when showing. The dogs transition well and I feel that they can finish faster with the help of a good pro handler. A pro handler with years of experience will know more about the judges' preferences and therefore know which shows to go to and which ones to skip.

Since I am presently unable to run at all, I have to have a handler. I miss being able to do it for myself.

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I feel that they can finish faster with the help of a good pro handler.
That is most definitely true. It does take longer to finish a dog on your own (at least until you start being "seen"). I do feel, though, that with diligent study and even taking a chance on a judge (if for nothing else, learning what they will put up and what they won't) an owner handler can elevate themselves to the same level of expertise.

I keep a list of judges I've shown to, and write down what they like or don't like. I write down who I'll show to again with the dog I had, who I'd show to again, but would take a different style of dog to, and who I wouldn't show to ever again.

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We do our own. In the show and breed survey.

if we are doing more than 1 dog in a class, liek next weekend, and I am unable to go, we do get help for just the show ring. Gabor will still jump in and do the run off leash.

Since there are not a lot of shows and breed surveys, we have take multiple dogs, depending on needs and ages.


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Sue, when Gabor handles the dogs do you double handle?

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Lisa,

Not really. When he did Enzo at OG Indy, no double handling required. Other dogs, depends. I will not be in IL next weekend, so catching up with people to possibly call once or twice, if needed.

I will be doing the girls later this year and next...... :-)


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Sue...we'll be there to assist (if needed).....I just hope the weather is decent.
Let Gabor know, that he is more than welcome to come eat & drink with us!...we always like to share!

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Wanted to be sure :-)

Robin and Carlos are helping us out so Gabor can bring both dogs. That is helping so much and allowing Gabor to get koers on both males (both need show ratings).


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