Kodi had a terrible day. Whether it was all that went on yesterday, or the fact that the moment we walked into the ring, the ring behind us erupted with applause and cheering I'm not sure. But he was rooted to the spot, and I couldn't get him to move to the beginning of the first exercise. (At our level, you don't have a leash on the dog from the minute you walk in the ring gate) I finally had to pick him up and excuse ourselves, since he had turned to stone.
Just not his weekend, huh? Was the applause from an obedience ring? At every show I've been to, they have been super strict about what's allowed in the obedience areas. Signs posted everywhere that no dogs are allowed past a certain point and volume must be at a low level. Nonetheless, I'm sorry he had such a rough go of it this weekend. Do you plan on competing the next couple days?
Unfortunately, we have an 8:30 ring time. What were they THINKING putting a breed that requires a lot of grooming that early?!?!
I shared those sentiments at first, but after some looking around and asking questions, I've learned that Havs are one of the easiest breeds in terms of day-of grooming and are more of a maintenance breed. Most others need trimming, shaving, shaping, etc. My family has shown Beagles in the past, and even they require a lot more grooming on show day than Nino ever has (bath and blow dry on day 1, then a quick fluff up ringside). Most in the breed roll up to the show 30 minutes ahead, and very few take reserved grooming (might just be a Midwest thing though LOL) All of our ring times have been at the start of the show as well, so we had lots of 4:30 wake ups to get baths and driving in, but we were granted a reprieve this weekend: 10:20 and 12:20 after 20 dogs
Best of luck tomorrow, and I hope you get Panda's handler situation sorted. Can't be fun for either of you!