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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-22-2008, 11:09 PM
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Dog Show - Meet and greet? Can I?

Ok, This may sound stupid to most. I have never been to a dog show before. Not something that really interested me...BUT a few breeders of whom I have yet to meet will be there with some of their dogs.

I have yet to see a Havanese in person. Have yet to meet a breeder in person. Just have this huge ache that the Havanese is our next dog, when we are ready. So down the long path before even owning one. I would like to see these guys in action and what a better way then a dog show right? the stupid question...are the breeders able to talk to me off 'show ring' mode about their dogs, do they allow 'visitors' to talk them, talk to the dogs, pet them, etc? OR will they be too busy all day prepping and grooming, etc.

I don't want to step on any toes or upset a handler/breeder that thinks I am wasting their time or getting in their way.

Would this be a good experience for me to try to attend?

Our Wisconsin Kennel Club is having there dog show March 1&2 (next weekend). I would like to attend if my hubby wouldn't mind going along. Plus our 2 children (whom are 5 and almost 2).

I checked the kennels show website and it doesn't state any times for the show ring so I guess we just go and hope that we see a Havanese?

I have no idea, but I am kinda scared and freaked out about all the professionalism and structure. Will my mostly well-behaved kids be a problem. If not tired or hungry, they are usually quite good at most outings.

Any thoughts? Or should I just wait to take the family to a breeders house for a 1 on 1 visit?

Thanks you guys. I have my heart deeply set on one of these guys. Just waiting on timing, things around here to be done, etc. But it would be nice to meet one!
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-23-2008, 12:33 AM
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I will definitely be at the show with two of my havanese, and Sandy will be there also with Oh-livia. Definitely come out to the show, we would love to talk with you! We are in Ring 4 both days, Saturday at 11:30 and Sunday at 12:45.

Hope to see you at the show!!
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Right before the Hav's go into the ring, I would sort of keep some distance, and definitly not pet or want to hold any of the Hav's...ppl have been brushing like mad to get the coat ready.... I've seen how often ppl walk by, the breeder is on her knees getting something from the kennel, and the dog is on top of the kennel, ready brushed and passers-by pet the hav on top of their heads and walk on...the breeder/handler gets up again and sees the dog all messed up again....

When the dogs have walked their round, you often may hold or pet a Hav and all the tension is gone, so breeders/handlers are much more open for conversation...
of course this is all very different from person to person....
You could simply go up to ppl, and ask them politely if they have time for you etc...most Handlers/breeders will answer you honestly, sometime tell you to come back later, after the can be quite nerve-wrecking before a show
You could ask here who is going and who wouldn't mind you contacting them
A show is a good place to observe breeders/handlers, interact and get to know them...
I had observed some breeders while interacting with their havs....and that can be very different from person to person, (think of : maniac brushing, dominant, fun, loving, treating dog like doll, playful)....
There were for me 2 that stood out straight away, the love for their Hav's the fun they had with them while brushing, was exactly my I decided to go up to them and introduce then turned out that one of them I had already contacted and felt good with...when I then met her, without knowing it was her, I felt really good, so she was going to be the one I wanted a Hav from....
Once we started talking, I never left her side the whole day, it clicked straight away! We had such fun!!! The 2 breeders that I felt good with, turned out to be best friends!

Let your heart tell you what to do.....and if ppl are offended by it, then that's not a breeder you would want a dog need to find one that you have this "click" with, who appreciates you for who you are.....then you will also get a puppy raised in a way that is in your wavelength.....

Enjoy the Hav-fix

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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-23-2008, 09:01 AM
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Thanks Diane for the ring information and times. I am really hoping to make it out to the show. I really appreciate it! Plus it relaxing to plan the day around the kids (hopefully ). It would be great to meet you and Sandy.

Suuske747 - thanks for that information as well. I kind of figured that if they are ready or getting ready for the stay away and keep my distance. I can only imagine the things that have to be done to get ready.

Well, at least now I am not as nervous about the whole family going as I was last night.

Thanks again!
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Dog shows are lots of fun, especially when you are meeting people from the forum. If you are going to get a Hav, this is the perfect place to see them in action. I am sure that any breeder there would be happy to talk to you about the dogs, at least that has been my experience.

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Kristy, I had never seen a Havanense in person except for my puppy and her clipped dam. I drove from GA to VA to see a specialty. Some Breeders & owners can be a little uptight "right" before they go in the ring but they are always nice. After they show many will go in their different direction, go early ask if they are staying on site and if you can come by.

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You can't go wrong meeting Diane and Sandy at the show. Granted, you may not recognize them, but just ask anyone with a Havanese and you'll eventually find them. The Havanese world isn't that big.

And if you come across anyone "uptight" or unfriendly, don't take it personally. A lot of times it is just nerves or anticipation of going into the ring. Granted, I don't think you'd have a chance at anything less than welcoming with Diane or Sandy, but I can't speak for anyone else there.
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Have fun at the show - it's a great place for breeders to meet the family. One suggestion with the kids is to teach them "perfect dog manners." I taught mine to ask before they petted the dogs and to always scratch under the chin. The other thing was to have them understand that at their ages, they won't be allowed to hold the dogs most likely. If by chance they get lucky, teach them to sit and pretend play putting a dog in their laps. Another thought would be to let them meet other breeds before the Havanese so that some of their excitement is settled down. What you want to do is really impress your potential breeder with what responsible, great kids you have despite their ages. Enjoy!

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Dog shows are fun. You get to see so many different dogs and people watching is fun too! If you wait to approach anyone until after the Havanese finish showing, most will probably enjoy telling you all about their dogs, especially if you impress them by what you already know about Havs from reading this forum! :-) The breeders I've met really like to talk about their dogs to interested people and if you tell them you are doing research on the breed (instead of the usual, "Do you have any puppies available now?") they will probably love you. Have jun


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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-24-2008, 10:00 AM
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Thanks everyone.

I am really hoping to make it at least one of the days. I will let you know next week if my urge to have a Havanese in the future gets any stronger.

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