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The Benefits of Breed-Handling Classes
I strongly believe that if you’re serious about exhibiting dogs you never outgrow your need for breed-handling classes. When you begin in conformation, you attend classes to learn the techniques necessary to show your dog. As you gain experience, handling classes are where you train your up-and-coming puppies.
The place to decide whether you and your dog are ready for competition is at handling class, not in the show ring. Work out the kinks in class, and your time in the ring will be more fruitful.
Choose a class
It’s important to choose your handling class wisely. If you’re lucky, you will have several choices within driving distance from your home. Before you attend a class, visit it without your dog to assess the building where the classes will be held.
Most classes are held in buildings with high ceilings, which can make classes noisy. That’s fine, though, because dog shows are noisy affairs. You do want to avoid loud overhead heaters or air conditioners, as well as other sudden noises that may scare a puppy.
Make sure the building is large enough for the classes being held, and for dogs and handlers waiting for their class to begin. Look for mirrors on the walls. There should be at least two, so you can see how you and your dog would look from a judge’s point of view.
Check on the size of the classes, too. Breed-handling classes that allow more than 15 dogs at a time are useless because you and your dog will not have enough ring time.
Author: By Anne H. Bowes
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