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I don't agree that if you were serious you needed to co-own. Many breeders will not let a pick puppy go on full registration without a co-own agreement, but not having it will not prevent him from doing well in conformation, IMO. It will probably be less dramatic for you, since co-owns can be complicated at times.
I am a relative newbie to conformation, with Jack as my first conformation dog, but I have a little bit of experience. It is hard to stack puppies. I would suggest something other than the plastic lids because there is not enough room for his back feet to be placed correctly at this point, and obviously it will get worse as he grows. When I have practiced with my puppies I try to get them to pull themselves up and over their front, usually food held out farther away from them and brought back quickly after they are doing what you want (if that makes any sense?) helps. I also will hold their tail and very slightly pull straight back on it to cause them to pull forward.
Jack - CH Scotts 24k Jack Jackitty Jack
Smooch - CH Ridgeview's Last Kiss
Roxy - Hi-Tide's Endless Summer
*At the Bridge*
Kira - Ridgeview's Over the Moon- (10/21/11-10/24/14)