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Hi all,
Denver and I are starting handling classes in the coming week. I’m very excited, as I have been scouring my area for a class and finally found one within an hours drive. The instructor said I will need to get a show lead & collar so I am wondering what exactly that is and where I can get it. I obviously don’t need anything fancy..just something to start with. If anyone could point me in the right direction that would be much appreciated.

EDIT: She also said I need realllllyyyyy good treats as well. What do most people use?

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Here are some affordable options

Nylon collar- https://www.cherrybrook.com/cherrybr...-choke-collar/

Metal collar - https://www.cherrybrook.com/alvalley...ar-1-4mm-fine/

Nylon lead - https://www.cherrybrook.com/cherrybr...lon-snap-lead/

Leather lead - https://www.cherrybrook.com/cherrybr...-leather-lead/

As far as bait, liver is a good one. Here is instructions on how to prep it. Make your own liver treats | Our Life + Dogs


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Mine love hot dogs. I cut them into really small pieces and microwave them for 2 minutes.


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Once Eevee’s micro flora is back to the right population, I will also be using liver. I just buy the freeze dried kind from Chewy - she will do anything for it. I know a lot of people do what Laura posted. Hot dogs and string cheese are also good because you can keep them in your mouth without getting too grossed out.

In the mean time, I’m using freeze dried salmon treats, which she also loves. It smells, but ya gotta do what ya gotta do sometimes.
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Re lead and collar - you probably won't have enough time to find the right stuff before your first class. Make sure you have a regular collar (not a harness) and skinny lead (nothing bulky - you want to be able to hold it all folded up in one hand). Then at class, ask for guidance on what size collar to buy.

^^^ Will keep you from spending money on the wrong thing or the wrong size re/ the collar.


As for treats - string cheese should be fine.

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My first handling class I just used a slip lead. It's not what I would use at a show but it worked in a pinch. I bought a show slip lead but most people have fine chain slip collars and a pretty leather leads (but those tend to be out of my price range atm). The lead I have is 1/4 inch thick and it looks like it won't hold up but it does cause she doesn't pull (most of the time). Have fun!!!!!

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Thanks all!

The instructor said that she probably has something I can use for the first class, and I'm going to talk to her to see what she recommends purchasing for beginners. I'll bring some string cheese and freeze-dried treats tonight and see how he does with them.
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At my first show I splurged on a rabbit fur squeaker bait toy. That is all Lana needs to give me a pretty face. Easier for those with food hounds. If I bring food in the ring, Lana reverts to heel and thinks it's obedience. So I opt to do non-food bait and rewards.

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At my first show I splurged on a rabbit fur squeaker bait toy. That is all Lana needs to give me a pretty face. Easier for those with food hounds. If I bring food in the ring, Lana reverts to heel and thinks it's obedience. So I opt to do non-food bait and rewards.
I was going to say that I use lower value bait with Jovi for that reason. He loses his mind when it's the good stuff (like liver).

So classes - I bring a box of cheese crackers or cereal.

Shows I want something higher value like string cheese - but not over the top.

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At my first show I splurged on a rabbit fur squeaker bait toy. That is all Lana needs to give me a pretty face. Easier for those with food hounds. If I bring food in the ring, Lana reverts to heel and thinks it's obedience. So I opt to do non-food bait and rewards.
I'm kinda the opposite of this. I only use toys for obedience since Eevee has a ton of drive and will whip right around an about turn to retrieve something. I use good food for both though because she is REALLY wiggly right now - I mean she's only 5 months, so that's to be expected, but I need something amazing to keep her from trying to lick the judge during the exam. Lol

Funny story from conformation class yesterday: I have played sports my entire life, so this whole dog show running thing is escaping me and I'm WAY overthinking it, which is leading nowhere. I was trying to run smoothly and not bounce and distract from my dog, but apparently, I was running like such a goober that my friend told me she didn't even notice my dog because she was staring at me! and that I didn't even look like the same person compared to how I normally walk run. So, she told me a piece of advice that she got a long time ago: Run with from your crotch, not your knees. LOL

I got better as class went on, but I still laughed at myself. Eevee on the other hand was a total rock star and LOVES to gait.
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