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Hi Our new puppy is taking too long to grow hehehehe He is only 1 week old so it will be a while before we have him inour arms. So for now we are content to browse all things doggy
On the akc site my daughter found the junior handlers section. Does anyone on here have their children compete with their dogs. I am not exactly handler material so it never crossed my mind to look into showing but my daughter is now super interested in the whole showing thing. She has been reading (woohoo!) everything she can find on subject but just wondering if any of you have any advice or info for us ? TIA
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I think Katie's daughter has done some showing. I hope she will chime in here. That would be a wonderful thing for your daughter to do!

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Hello-
Yes my daughter did Jr Handling for a while- she loved it. She made lots of fun and gained a ton of confidence (and learned how to be a gracious looser!).
My advice would be to NOT have her do it with a puppy. In Jr Handling they are judging the Jr, so having a 'wanna have fun' crazy puppy isn't the best way for your daughter to show off her handling skills! See if she can find a local breeder that has an older, calmer dog for her to use. You will have to get your daughters name put on the dogs AKC papers for her to be able to show it.
And make sure your daughter is ok with loosing. Because she will do alot of it! Trust me they loose more than they win- it can be highly competitive. My daughter was able to take a few Jr Handling classes put on by some top handlers at the dog shows. She loved those!!
Also remember that if you are interested in doing the conformation ring with your dog, that your daughter can do that with the puppy once it's 6 months old. There is no age limit for the handler in the conformation ring! See if you can find a local conformation class for your daughter to take.
Please let me know if you have any other questions- I would be happy to help!


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Hi Our new puppy is taking too long to grow hehehehe He is only 1 week old so it will be a while before we have him inour arms. So for now we are content to browse all things doggy
On the akc site my daughter found the junior handlers section. Does anyone on here have their children compete with their dogs. I am not exactly handler material so it never crossed my mind to look into showing but my daughter is now super interested in the whole showing thing. She has been reading (woohoo!) everything she can find on subject but just wondering if any of you have any advice or info for us ? TIA
Another thing to make sure of is that your contract for your puppy allows for not neutering the pup. You can't show dogs that have been neutered.


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Another thing to make sure of is that your contract for your puppy allows for not neutering the pup. You can't show dogs that have been neutered.
Actually, you can show altered dogs in Juniors. Clover made a few appearances back in the day Also, as long as the dog is owned by an immediate family member, the junior's name doesn't have to be on the dog.

Juniors can be extremely competitive, and like any sport, there are lots of fun kids there to have fun and some kids (and parents) who are crazy competitive and no fun.

Kids DO start out in a Novice class, broken out by age, so at first they compete against other kids who haven't won 3 classes with competition. After their wins, they move into the Open class, which ranges from the seasoned kids to those who have also just moved up.

It can be frustrating with a puppy when yours is spinning and other people have older, trained dogs. But it also makes you one heck of a handler!!

I did Juniors for many years - it was my start in dogs. I showed several and of different breeds; I was Nationally ranked at the end, but it was fun 98% of the time (LOL). I made some awesome friends I'm still friends with, and we still meet up at dog shows with our new dogs, go out to dinner after, have a great time.

If she really wants to do this, I would recommend talking to the breeder to help her learn how to handle and also how to groom for a show ring. Maybe the breeder could hook you up with someone closer, if needed. It will be a lot of work, but as mentioned, there are great lessons about winning and losing, hard work paying off (and sometimes, that %$#@ happens!), phenomenal bonding with your dog, and a fun way to spend some weekends.

AKC has a whole section of their page on Juniors for you to check out - http://www.akc.org/kids_juniors/inde...a=kids_juniors. Feel free to private message me with any other questions.

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I think JR. Handling is wonderful. Since I started showing about 1 1/2 years ago I have met a couple os Jr handlers. In that short time I have seen them grow in poise maturity and confidence. I showed with a Jr. handler this past weekend in Suffern NY, she got BOB!

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I spoke to breeder and she said she will help us chose a pup that has potential in ring once she evaluates them as they grow. I figure by the time he goes through puppy kindergarten we will see if his temperment is fitted to showing as well as if my daughter has not lot lost interest. LOL She is only 9 so this may be something they can both take on slowly and mature together. I didn't think of the neutering part hmmm.

Hvjoy: Where in suffern was the show? I have not found any shows near us but Suffern is not that far. Is there any upcoming shows or a breeders club in Rockland...
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Cool that the juniors can show neutered dogs!


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