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For what it is worth, I would not recommend the owner-handler class at AKC. I would suggest her age appropriate class until 18 months and then American Bred until she is mature and you are confident.
The problem either the owner-handler class anywhere but the National Specialty is you are likely the only one in there. There is no time for you to hone your skills, no time to relax yourself or dog, no time to make it fun for the dog/puppy. There is just you and a judge watching everything with the added pressure of potentially feeling rushed.
It seems counterintuitive but a big class gives you more ring time, more time to relax and play.
Also, winning this class rarely equate to winning the points in the Winners class.