never done it but hung out with some AKC folks for awhile when I was curious about Rally...btw, I thought about entering for rally & there was no way I would have been able to figure out the entry form on my own.
Individuals were very nice, but group politics seemed to rule. Membership in the local AKC chapter required sponsorship and multiple hoops.
Show folks travel a lot! Like every weekend.
Maybe you could attend a show sponsored by a local chapter?
I'm assuming you've already attended obedience/behavior classes or know something about behavior training. You could also try a Conformation training class.
If you love dogs and love spending time with them and working on the bond and have a lot of free time, I thinkit could be very rewarding. If you already have a very full schedule and a somewhat limited budget, possibly more stress than what you really want to deal with.
Is that your dog in your avatar?
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