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Northern California Dog Shows & Junior Handling???

Hi Everyone!
First, let me say that our sweet Daisy has come almost completely out of her shell!! The advice from everyone here was so very helpful...can't thank you all enough!!

So this is my current question:
How do I find Dog Shows to go to (as a spectator) and are there any in Northern California coming up soon?

Also, as a side question...
We are a homeschooling family and we have 4 kiddos. Our oldest daughters are 15 and 11 and I was curious about junior handling for Dog Shows. Is this something that is tough to get into? I was thinking that this might be an awesome experience for our girls if it were an option. Is it an expensive endeavor? How do you get involved?

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Hi Everyone!
First, let me say that our sweet Daisy has come almost completely out of her shell!! The advice from everyone here was so very helpful...can't thank you all enough!!

So this is my current question:
How do I find Dog Shows to go to (as a spectator) and are there any in Northern California coming up soon?

Also, as a side question...
We are a homeschooling family and we have 4 kiddos. Our oldest daughters are 15 and 11 and I was curious about junior handling for Dog Shows. Is this something that is tough to get into? I was thinking that this might be an awesome experience for our girls if it were an option. Is it an expensive endeavor? How do you get involved?

Do Tell!!! ~Pamela
Hi Pamela,
You can get dog show information for Northern California and the rest of the country for that matter by visiting www.infodog.com. There is show next weekend in Santa Clara beginning on Friday and ending on Monday.

I would look for conformation classes in your area to start as the girls need to learn what to do and how to do it before getting into the ring. Many kennel clubs offer classes as do private individuals.
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Kathy's is the exact advice I was going to give. Once you find a show at www.infodog.com you can go to that superintendant's site before the show to get a judging time schedule for the breeds, Jr show and obedience.

Good luck and enjoy........

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Pamela, I think you've told me before, but I have forgotten - where do you live? My daughter is now an adult, but I used to know several people that taught Junior Showmanship around the bay area. Most of them have moved or quit teaching, but I bet we can find something again if you are here.

Junior Showmanship is a lot of fun, but it is definitely competitive. Before your kids get involved, keep in mind that they will lose a lot more often than they win. It is a great arena for teaching good sportsmanship!

I have a lot more to say on JS, but no time right now. Let's talk sometime.
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I showed in Juniors, and aged out this past march...It is really a great experiance, and you learn so much!! I will warn you though, its addicting!!!!

If you or you kids would like to talk more, just let me know!!

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Wow, Thanks everyone!! I am outside of Folsom, Kimberly. Let me know if you have any contacts locally. Obviously, I am just inquiring/researching at this point, but I think my girls would have lots of fun and learn tons of great lessons being involved.

Anyone know about the fees for lessons and for entering dog shows? Oh, and just to be clear, I do not necessarily think that Daisy would be able to win/progress in the show arena...justing looking for more of an interactive hobby/life experience for my girls and for Daisy too, and thought this might be a good match for that.

So tell me about the fees...Oh, and can she be spayed and still compete? ~Pamela

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You should PM Katie of Moptop havanese as her daughter shows in juniors in your area as well.

http://havaneseforum.com/showthread....hlight=juniors

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Pamela, the fees vary by show, but they can range from $18 - 30 per show. ($30 is really high and rare.)

The costs of lessons vary by trainer. My trainer was one of the best around and only charged $5 per week, but it was a group lesson. Unfortunately, he's on the east coast now.

For some training leads, it may be best to call the Sacramento Valley Dog Fanciers (I think that is the name of the all breed club, but Kathy or Elaine may correct me on that). The all breed dog clubs are usually a great resource for help in this area.

You wouldn't want to show Daisy unless she's already familiar with the show ring. It is best to show a finished champion in Junior Showmanship. You might want to head over to AKC.org and do some reading on Junior Showmanship.
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