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01-31-2013 08:26 AM
Art by Stef* Years ago, I tried the dog show bit. I had a doberman that did quite well in puppy matches and non point specialty shows. When it came time for his first real AKC point show, I was so excited. We got there, and the person mentoring me opened the show book and said, "We might as well pack it up." I said, "Why? I want to see these dobermans. They must be really something." She said, "Oh, I don't know what they LOOK like, but I can tell you right now, this dog will be number one, this one will place...etc." She was right on the money by just looking at kennel, judge, and handler names. There were over 41 dobermans entered.
This was in PA area back in the 80s.

Needless to say, I then entered my dog in obedience, which seemed a fairer game. Then bagged the whole show scene all together. The money and time going towards the shows was put towards weekend camping trips with my dog. The mental photos I have of him standing in a morning dew covered meadow in the poconos mountains, and his happy-dappy dobie face there are far more enriching than any show photo. And was less stress on the both of us.

I have had 3 grooming shops, vet tech, painted trophies for various animal shows, and been a vendor for many. I groomed many a pet for show. It takes a big chunk of time and money and can be an obsession that makes aquarium enthusiam look like a drop in It's kinda like adopting a new life style. Get your feet wet slowly.

01-31-2013 05:31 AM
Kathyy I have mutts so no conformation shows for me! Take a handling class and see how it goes. Training is good for bonding no matter what sort.

If that sort of showing doesn't appeal to both of you then you may get some feedback from others in the class. Lots to do with dogs these days. I started in obedience and moved to agility. There is flyball, disc, diving, tracking, herding, hunt, rally, skijoring, carting, sledding, weight pull, schutzhund and other protection sports and I don't know all the rest. Any dog can have fun in any of these but suspect some are more suited to given breeds or dog than others. Heavily built breeds aren't good jumpers, tiny dogs aren't going to be good at pulling you on skis and so on.
01-31-2013 12:57 AM
notropis 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?
01-31-2013 12:54 AM
Nubster Sometimes I'll watch them on have thought about trying to get into something like Schutzhund but never had the desire to show a dog.
01-30-2013 07:18 PM
rbarn Rent the movie Best in Show .........
01-30-2013 07:14 PM
wkndracer Lots of time, lots of money, lots of tolerance when it comes to dealing with group politics. AKC Comformation champion Doberman owner here and won't bother to do it again.

Many call show dog's a poor mans race horse. (hole to throw money in)
01-30-2013 07:02 PM
Anyone done dog shows for a hobby?

So I am not sure what the pros and cons are for doing dog shows. I was wondering if anyone ever tried and can help me decide further.

I have the dog, his brother is Best in Show in Italy, along with his father.
I met a show handler and breeder. Very nice and willing to help as long as I am ready to do it.

I just don't know what is all involved.

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