I should have prefaced my last post with... this is not what I would do or recommend but I like that someone out there is doing it, just to balance things out.
I'm not sure if I would waste my time showing my dog if I'm not doing anything to present my dog at his best. It would really suck the joy out of showing if your dog gets dumped every time because he's poorly presented (meaning more than the physical handling skills which is another layer of complication for owner handlers).
I agree. It's too great of an investment of time and money for us to do it that way. But I'm glad that this owner is getting to participate in a way that works for him. It would be interesting to see how his dog would do with more grooming and better handling.
The O/H class has good things about it... and bad things. Among else, you don't 100% get a good evaluation of your dog because in most cases you do not have competition in your class. You literally have the whole ring to yourself and get passed on to the Winners ring where you'll generally get dumped. The judges don't see enough of the dogs against others to make them stand out or give them something to remember when the dog goes into the Winners ring.
Yes. We made this mistake the first show we entered (where you saw our dog). It was a good lesson in what not to do!
Baiting is another thing that if you have a dog trained to bait - it gets their ears forward and heads set so the judge can see what the dog has.
Yes-- I completely agree. Again, not baiting our dog would not be an option for us, but some part of me still admires the man for trying to do it as naturally as possible. Either he doesn't know or doesn't care, but I appreciate that he's making an effort to participate in an activity with his dog.
I had the pleasure of watching Anele's daughter compete with their boy last year. He was very nicely groomed, had a very nice big puppy dog head, and was a nice boy in the ring.
Thank you!!! We were so happy to meet you. It was his first show and we had/have so much to learn.