The ring with all the clapping and cheering was the rally ring, which adjoins the obedience ring here. Just one more distraction to add to the wind, smells and slippery, hard footing. He was only entered yesterday and today. I don't like doing more than 2 days in a cluster with him... I think it's too much for him. Even if he WERE entered, I'd have thought long and hard about bringing him back tomorrow.
I agree that few Havanese people around here do a ton of grooming IN the show grooming area, but that doesn't mean that a lot of grooming doesn't get done... Either at home or in the RV (or hotel room) before going to the ring.
We'll see... It would be helpful to have someone else who could show her when I'm busy with Kodi. But if she needs me to show her, I'll just have to alternate between them and not show them on the same days.
Is cheering a common occurrence though, in either sport? You would think that, in one that requires such concentration from both dog and handler, there would be a bit more courtesy, even if rally is a bit more laid back than obedience.
I didn't elaborate enough; those who I've found myself spending time with usually dedicate about 2 hours to brush out and bath pre-arrival, and that's it until ringside. It can feel like a lot (especially at 4:30 am), but in comparison to a larger breed that requires the bath and brush along with scissoring/shaping the day of, it is not much (unless their is ironing, teasing, etc being done...that's a different issue). That all being said, we have one of the most grooming intensive breeds when it comes to maintenance grooming, so the little relief we get (or at least I do) is well deserved. I'm also the crazy person who wants a TT and a Beardie, so maybe I've just been desensitized to that kind of grooming :P
Totally understand that. Ring conflicts are difficult as is (my handling services were offered up by our breeder for Neezers AND Goldens this weekend due to conflicts within a breed), but adding in the fact that the obedience handling has to be done by you makes it all the more tricky. Do you have a friend who shows in another breed that Panda knows and feels comfortable with? Nino is ridiculously attached to me, but I know of 3 people I could confidently hand him off to if ever necessary. Just an idea that may make a happy medium. I don't know about you, but sending mine off to live with a handler, especially as a non-special, would break my heart (but I'm a big softy when it comes to my boys