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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-03-2014, 07:50 AM Thread Starter
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Breed Handling classes

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I want to take a shot at showing my WGSL puppy, Azalea. I have absolutely no experience and because of that have decided breed handling classes could be very beneficial. All of the classes in my area seem to be drop-in courses. What should I expect out of these classes? Could what is learned in the classes be applied to both AKC and UKC? Azalea is 14 weeks old-is that too early to start getting prepared to show her? Also, if you have any advice for a totally newbie that would be totally appreciated. Thanks
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-03-2014, 08:24 AM
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I loved taking handling classes..Decided to try it with my male quite a few years ago as a learning experience for both of us..

They will teach you to stack/gait your dog, how to stack for a judge exam, etc..And yes, everything you learn can be applied to just about anything, It's also good for the dog to get her accostomed to being handled by a stranger..(cking teeth, just running hands over her etc).

Good for distractions as well..Advice? Just go with it and have fun I learned ALOT

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A good idea would be to get yourself to a show to watch GSDs being shown. All breed handling class is a good place to start just to get your puppy out and learn the basics. Just so you know GSDs are a tough breed to get into if you are an owner handler, it's not easy but if you work at it you can do it. Just go and have fun with your puppy.
My self, I've got two crappy knees so I take my little guy to a Pro handler.

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Thanks for the replies guys! We start breed handling classes tomorrow! What kind of collar/lead should we bring to class? Also is UKC a little easier to break into than AKC? Azalea is WGSL so I think UKC would be our best, if only, chance.
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You can show in either show, if by "breaking in" you mean winning, then yes, UKC will be easier to win in. You'll probably never get an AKC championship with a WGSL. That being said, in the show world, a UKC championship isn't very highly valued because you rarely have competition (depending on where you live) and you can actually get a championship without ever beating a dog of the same breed.

If you're doing this just for fun...you'll enjoy UKC. People in AKC take it much more seriously because that's generally what you are talking about if you call a dog a "champion."
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Are dog shows generally open to the public? I see that the GSD club of central MA had a show near me on the 28th. Can I just show up to observe?
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Sure you can go to watch, if it's where I think it is there are all breed shows there all weekend. If you want to catch GSD's in the ring you'll have to check after the judging program is posted. (about a week before the shows)

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The one I am referring to is in Worcester at the DCU center, I'm going to check it out. What collar and lead should I show up with at class?
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Where would the judging program be posted?
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You will need a 6 ft. leather leash. The collar can be of many styles -- metal, nylon, or leather, slip (choke) or martingale. Just get a thin one.

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