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Jumabaar   

Hello again everyone…… I have placed Nya into her first conformation show in mid September competing in Minor Puppy class. It should be a good experience for her and me too. I am feeling very nervous though as I have never done anything like this before and I don’t know what to expect.

post-45288-0-51009400-1345366633_thumb.jpgDoes anyone have any advice for a novice about showing?

What sort of things should I be practicing in the next month before the show?

What sort of collar should I use, I read that I will need a skinny show lead, but I’m not sure how she will go on a slip collar as she still pulls quite a bit. (That is number one thing we have/will be practicing is walking as she is always in such a rush to get everywhere!)

Can you use treats in the ring to encourage good behaviour or is it praise only?

When they are looking at your dog do they reach in and touch them, and check their teeth or do you lift their gums for the teeth inspection? I know I’m going to look like the biggest dimwit. I really have no idea what I have gotten myself in for! ANY advice anyone has would be greatly appreciated…..

Yes you can use treats- ideally dont give your dog one JUST before the judge opens their mouth :D

Practice walking quickly so that Nya gaits/trots nicely beside you- ideally in straight lines but thats more difficult than it sounds. Try not to have a pulling war on the lead- if she storms ahead try waiting her out until she comes back to you, alternately a gentle 'pop' on the lead to remind her your back there works much better than a pull because she will lean into the lead to keep her balance.

Try getting Nya to stand reasonably still while people pat her- if you can manage 4 feet mostly on the ground then thats ok. You can kneel down and hold her a little under her belly while the judge is going over her.

Cheecking teeth- I generally begin by just rubbing my finger along their teeth then rewarding. As they become comfortable with that I gently lift up their gums- most judges will just want to see the teeth at the front, particularly at young ages. Generally the judge will lift up the gum so you can retain hold of the puppy who is probably by this stage going to be trying to smooch with the judge (or in Izzys case trying to roll on her back mid air for a belly rub!!)

Do you know anyone showing at the show? I suggest asking around to see if someone can tell you where and when to go in the ring and explain a little about whats going on in real life. We all started somewhere and the judge will be able to tell you exactly what to do- so dont stress. Go up to the steward and tell them that this is your first show- and dont be worried to go up the first 10 times you show and tell them its your first time :thumbsup:

I hope you have fun!! My advice is to check for eye goop just before you go in, have a wet towel for wiping up anything they decide to roll in the morning of the show and most of all let your pup be a pup. I regularly have competitions for the biggest 'boing' in the ring or the best ninja kiss on the judge!!!

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Ha Ha!! Ninja kiss! She is super lightning fast at those! post-45288-0-18992500-1345433612_thumb.jpg

Thank you so much Jumabaar, that was exactly the kind of advice I was after… I was hoping they were not expecting the young ones to be perfectly trained and allow for their puppy nature to come through. She is usual very excitable full stop but especially when she meets new people, so we are going to a few extra socialisation things during the coming weeks to practice calming down when she gets a pat and with other dogs around. She is still very wiggly but we are practicing. I figured I would take her for a big run in the morning and wear her out a little before I get her ready to go. She used to be really good at mouth checks but she has been a bit hesitant since she has been teething, she only has a few of her front baby teeth to go so in a months time with practice she should be back to her normal self. I haven’t met a single person who does showing as yet and the lady who I spoke to on the phone for this show is going to be in America so no go there. My breeder lives very far away. I thought I would just jump in the deep end and see how it goes, that way it can only get better. And may be, just may be a nice person might see how lost I am and offer some friendly advice. And this forum has been priceless! I’m still not sure about a collar… Is it standard to use the slip collars or chocker chain or just a thin collar these days. I know at obedience they encourage you not to use a chocker chain anymore but in all the photos I’ve seen of dogs on show they seem to be in either of the two…

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Jumabaar   

Ha Ha!! Ninja kiss! She is super lightning fast at those! post-45288-0-18992500-1345433612_thumb.jpg

Thank you so much Jumabaar, that was exactly the kind of advice I was after… I was hoping they were not expecting the young ones to be perfectly trained and allow for their puppy nature to come through. She is usual very excitable full stop but especially when she meets new people, so we are going to a few extra socialisation things during the coming weeks to practice calming down when she gets a pat and with other dogs around. She is still very wiggly but we are practicing. I figured I would take her for a big run in the morning and wear her out a little before I get her ready to go. She used to be really good at mouth checks but she has been a bit hesitant since she has been teething, she only has a few of her front baby teeth to go so in a months time with practice she should be back to her normal self. I haven’t met a single person who does showing as yet and the lady who I spoke to on the phone for this show is going to be in America so no go there. My breeder lives very far away. I thought I would just jump in the deep end and see how it goes, that way it can only get better. And may be, just may be a nice person might see how lost I am and offer some friendly advice. And this forum has been priceless! I’m still not sure about a collar… Is it standard to use the slip collars or chocker chain or just a thin collar these days. I know at obedience they encourage you not to use a chocker chain anymore but in all the photos I’ve seen of dogs on show they seem to be in either of the two…

I go against the grain a little with my pups- I use a very thin flat collar with a thin lead for their first few shows. I then put them on a thin martingale or put them straight on to a check chain depending on how well behaved they are. By this time the lead is really only to keep the dog with you- its not used much for corrections. My pups are very naughty (ok and my 7.5yr old bitch also decides to throw in a few spins or tricks in the ring when she gets bored) so long as they are not scared and are starting to understand that they need to settle down a little (so squiggling is still allowed) in minor class you will be fine.

Just keep the mouth checks very short and fun. Try it before meal time- just running your finger under the lip and then feeding. Most judges understand that mouths are sore at this age so really only have a very short peep and will give the dog a pat after.

I jumped in the deep end. There were a few others with Kelpies who just shooed me into the ring at the appropriate time- and in all honesty it wasnt till about 3mths later that I worked out what happened!! Try and get there about half an hr before the show starts. Find the ring your in (or find the office who can point you to your ring) and as soon as the steward arrives tell them that you will need help and they will make sure you dont miss your call. The Cattle dog people are also really friendly so dont be afraid to ask one of them to hang around and help you out.

Not sure where you are in Vic but there is a Victorian Kelpie club which would be a good point of contact- they will also have a specialty show that is usually great fun. The NSW Kelpie Club has a show around Easter and in September if you end up with the 'show bug'.

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KTB; How did Ollie go with his meet and greet? Has he found his new home?

Thanks for asking! :) The meet and greet had to be postponed to this Saturday because of an illness in the applicant's family, so I have a little while longer to cuddle Ollie :) He's doing well though. See his blog here. He can now rollover and we have been doing some practice meets and greets with strangers and strange dogs. I think I made his petrescue profile too long so I have cut it right back and hope that we can get some good quality applications :) He's only been listed for 5 days though so it's still early days :) Also, I am going to find it super hard to say goodbye to him so I'm happy for him to stay with us as long as it takes to find him the perfect home.

Also, Ollie wants you to call him :)

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Ollie is just awesome! If I didn't already have four dogs I think I would be VERY tempted to snaffle him! I'm sure he will find a super duper home.

Squee hammer- any updates on your Noonbarra baby? I think we need piccies!

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Ollie is just awesome! If I didn't already have four dogs I think I would be VERY tempted to snaffle him! I'm sure he will find a super duper home.

Squee hammer- any updates on your Noonbarra baby? I think we need piccies!

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Elsie is going well. She's a little terror at the moment (growing crazily fast and in her first fear stage, so she's very bitey and full of beans. Trying to be a bit dominant too), but she's great. When I get a chance, I'll put a bunch of photos up! She's incredibly cute and everyone she meets tells her the same. The vet gave us the thumbs up (Dr. Bruce Symes) and I couldn't be happier with her.

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That's great! Can't wait to see more piccies of the little cutie pie!

My beast has decided that the backyard needs renovating :banghead: Apparently craters are all the rage this season!

I have been having trouble keeping weight on Reggie, especially over winter, so as well as raw, he is now being fed Royal Canin 4800. Which is 40% protein and 30% fat :eek: i find that a bit scary but his weight is definitely looking better, he is up to 21-22kg now......

The monster still eats more than the other three dogs combined! Wish I had a metabolism like that! :cry:

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koalathebear

Love the video of Ollie. I have my new kelpie but someone is sure to fall for OLLIE. The video really shows off a dog so much more than a photo. Wish I was technically skilled and could do videos. I have enough to think about to get photos on the web.

I watched the video with the treat gameboard. I wondered if my pup would be as good as OLLie in solving the puzzle. But I think she would probably just pick the whole game up and toss it round in the air until she either had the treats or made that board very sorry. She tends to get rather excited at things like frisbees that are lying flat on the ground. Like the shaping game we tried the other night. All mine if faced with a plastic platform (brick like thing) will usually try standing on it first. My pup did that once and then just decided it was much more fun just to try and flip it up so she could tear around with it on her head.

Ollie seems a lovely dog and you're obviously spent a while teaching him. Hope he finds a great home. Will keep checking.

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skip, thanks for your kind words. Ollie went on trial adoption yesterday! Ollie's new 'mum' has been great about sending me updates. You can see some photos of Ollie in his new home here. I miss him so much but I am so happy to see him doing well in his new home and if they keep him - I know that they will look after him forever.

In the interim, while we wait to see how Ollie goes, we are helping a fellow foster carer out with this Kelpie:

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His name is Nova and he has been dumped twice. You can read all about him at his blog post here. He is very, very smart and trainable and has picked up heaps in just one day. I am horrified that neither of his previous owners spent any time to train him at all.

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My pup Bonza was chosen today & will be going to his new family on Tuesday. I love him so much I don't know how I'm going to let him go. I hate this part sometimes.

http://public.fotki.com/wyldroselee/fosters/bonza/

Fabulous pics & vids koalathebear!

Thanks wyldrose. I'm sorry and happy about Bonza - I know how you feel. I am very happy for Ollie but miss him very, very much :cry:

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My pup Bonza was chosen today & will be going to his new family on Tuesday. I love him so much I don't know how I'm going to let him go. I hate this part sometimes.

http://public.fotki.com/wyldroselee/fosters/bonza/

Fabulous pics & vids koalathebear!

Thanks wyldrose. I'm sorry and happy about Bonza - I know how you feel. I am very happy for Ollie but miss him very, very much :cry:

We do it cos there's a whole pack of them out there waiting for the same chance ay. Someone told me today that I was awesome. I reckon you're awesome too. :)

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Gee. How did we drop to page 2?

I find black and tan Kelpies have a much more intense stare than the red and tans :) Even when they're playing with a silly little plush squeaky toy

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