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Question Puppy conformation?

I never intended to go into the show ring, it never even crossed my mind when I was searching for my puppy, I just wanted a new best friend, but after having Chopin for a few weeks, I love him sooooo much I just want to share him with the world!! I know it involves sooo much effort, time and money but I jsut want to know what it's like, requires and what he'll get from it. I never really liked "standards" especially requiring docking and cropping which I am VE?RY against... I just don't like that dogs need to be compared to something, it is just a beauty contest... Anyways, even though that's what I feel, I sort of want to show him when he's a puppy because he's getting neautered so won't be able to later on.
No matter what, I want to compete with hiim for obedience titles. Can anyone tell me what that is like? What's required etc?
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There are usually conformation handling classes in your area...contact your local all breed club they are the ones that usually run them....go to a dog show...meet some people that show their goldens...have you contacted the Golden Retriever Club of BC? Contact your breeder she or he should be able to help you get started if they are local

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I would contact the breeder first, let them know you're interested and ask what they think. If your pup wasn't one of the picks for conformation it may mean a much tougher time to get him finished, can be done but still. This doesn't mean there's anything wrong with him at all of course. And it may be he has to grow up a lot or something before he does well. Bender didn't do much till she was three, then went out and finished in one weekend with some bigger wins.

You can still go play of course too, as long as you understand it may just be playing more or less. Even with some of the top dogs they get 'dumped' often.

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I think it would be great if you got involved in a kennel club and went to some classes. If you are lucky, you might even have a golden retriever club in your area and might be able to find a mentor. You need to realize, it is not a 'beauty' show. It is about picking a dog that has good structure and breed type (without careful breeding a golden would not look and act like a golden even if the pedigree says otherwise).

I would strongly encourage you to get a copy of Paige Eliot's DogSteps which shows some important structure points so you can see why it is important.
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It isn't a beauty contest, it is comparing each dog to the written AKC standard and the judge's interpretation of which dog best meets this standard. Goldens don't require any docking/mutilation so I don't think you should have much of a problem with conformation because it wouldn't involve any alterations of Chopin.

Like Bender said, call your breeder. First, you need to know what s/he thinks of how Chopin is growing. Was he a pick puppy? Next, you need FULL AKC registration. If you don't have full registration, you can't show in conformation. Also, dogs less than 6 months of age can't compete yet in conformation. So, depending on when you plan to neuter Chopin, you may or may not want to compete.

A book that has been helpful, I believe Barb (Hotel4Dogs) recommended it was "Show Me" and it gives a lot of detail for what showing involves. Good luck!
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And if I remember right, you're under 18? In that case, you might be interested in junior handling (...for the most part, the judges look at how well YOU can show off your dog, not at how he meets the standard).

For regulations, visit the CKC website and you'll see all the rules for obed and agility and conformation, etc.
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And if I remember right, you're under 18? In that case, you might be interested in junior handling (...for the most part, the judges look at how well YOU can show off your dog, not at how he meets the standard).

For regulations, visit the CKC website and you'll see all the rules for obed and agility and conformation, etc.
Oh yeah, that's a great idea! And I don't know about CKC, but I know AKC you can show neutered dogs in juniors...
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Yes you can show altered dogs in juniors with CKC - as well you can show in conformation with a non-breeding/limited registration.

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