Pam and Red went back to his handling class today. I'm anxious to hear what the others think about his weekend. It's a beginning handling class, but the only one Pam could find in the daytime, and it's a little over an hour away. She had taken Red to the first two classes.
After they started the first class, and did a once around, the teacher saw that Pam knew what she was doing, and she asked Pam why she was there. Pam told her that she had never had a leash on him yet, and thought that he needed to learn the show routine with some other dogs in the ring.
Pam said it was a little funny when the teacher asked everyone what their showing experience was, and the other answers were mostly none. Pam told them what her experience was. I'm sure the others will enjoy hearing about Red's weekend.
She carried the big ribbons with her today to the class. I asked her when she came back from the show if she was going to bother to take Red back to the handling class, and she said she still had a couple of things to work on with him.
That's interesting! Around here, the handling classes are all almost all competent owner/breeder/handlers looking to get their young dogs out and getting ring experience with other dogs. I've been the only "novice" in the classes every time I've gone. But none of them are scheduled classes, either. They are all "drop-ins" where the mix of dogs changes from week to week. It's ben hard for me with Both Pixel and Panda, because, as the smallest dogs in the class, we're always lined up at the end. When we're gating, it doesn't take long for the young, studly Afghan Hound to be lapping my little girls and coming right up on their tails.
Well, Pixel is cut down and spayed now, so she's not going back in the conformation ring, but I've decided that it will be a LONG time before Panda and I need to worry about going in the ring for BIS, and until then, we won't HAVE to worry about big dogs in the ring. So we've got my obedience trainer (who has owner handled ALL her many, many Schipperkes to their championships) to give me, Elinor and Elizabeth "Havanese Handling lessons". Between us, we've got enough dogs that we can change them in and out to have different dogs, and give them an experience much more like a Havanese show ring. Then _I_ don't get nervous about what might happen, and can concentrate more on learning to handle the dog.