Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Moore, Oklahoma
You’ll be fine! Don’t concentrate on him behaving like a seasoned show dog, and more on making it a fun experience for both of you. He’s a puppy, so a certain amount of shenanigans is accepted. In her first show, Scarlet nipped at her handler’s leg the entire first pass around the ring, lol. Her second show, she bounced. She still bounces when she comes to a stop, but it’s kind of cute, so whatever. It’s way better to have a dog with a wild “look at me” attitude, than one that acts like you beat him out on the parking lot.
My breeder told me that she thought they had overtrained their first show dog. He didn’t find any of it fun at all. He was a nice dog, and was a champion, but not a fan. On the other hand, if I say “dog show” at my house, I have to peel them off the front door they get so excited. Weirdos, lol.
~ Diane ~
CARLY ......... Ch. Lauremi's No Reservations (AKC GCh pointed, HIC)
SCARLET ..... Lauremi's Almost Wasn't (AKC pointed)
and absent friends... SAGE ~ Lauremi's Whim Z v Jakmar ~ AKC major ptd, HIC ~ 2010-2015