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We competed at the MFGRC Speciality show yesterday...and it was fun! He was a bad boy but overall it was a good experience. I was very nervous and it was very obvious. I do have some regrets about entering the novice class because I felt rushed that didn't help at all with the nerves. I wish I had done more shows with him when he was younger, but here we are now lol. I got some wonderful advice from some wonderful people following the class and I'm hoping by our next show he'll remember that he's walked on a leash before. Enjoy!

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I enjoyed watching this and you both did great.
 

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He's looking great - and you want to see bad? Hahahaha! Oh...my boy is finally growing up a bit, but he's been SSSOOOOO much worse than yours at a show. ;)

He is really looking nice and I applaud you for showing him yourself in AKC with all of the handlers. Great job!
 

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He's looking great - and you want to see bad? Hahahaha! Oh...my boy is finally growing up a bit, but he's been SSSOOOOO much worse than yours at a show. ;)

He is really looking nice and I applaud you for showing him yourself in AKC with all of the handlers. Great job!
I need to see Finn showing! I'm hoping something magically changes when Felix turns 3 🤣 we do so much work with him you'd think he would behave by now. He's so big its hard to remember they're still adolescents.
 

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Small update! I'm swamped with stuff but we did show in WPB all three days! The first day we get RWD, which while a big deal for an amateur like me, I feel the judge was taking pity on us because he was AWFUL. The judge was SO nice and told me to start going into the ring without bait and it was like night and day!

Saturday and Sunday weren't as successful but his performance improved through the weekend! The video is from Sunday and the photos are from throughout the weekend.


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Reserve to a 2 pointer is not a pity reserve. You beat out some big name handlers for that reserve. That something to toot your horn about. :)

I've heard really nice things about Dr. Spritzer. He is a good judge.

Congrats!!!!
 

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Small update! I'm swamped with stuff but we did show in WPB all three days! The first day we get RWD, which while a big deal for an amateur like me, I feel the judge was taking pity on us because he was AWFUL. The judge was SO nice and told me to start going into the ring without bait and it was like night and day!

Saturday and Sunday weren't as successful but his performance improved through the weekend! The video is from Sunday and the photos are from throughout the weekend.


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Congrats!! He looks great. He’s still young and will only continue to improve, no need to worry!
 

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I’m so proud of you! Y’all have really come a long way and you get better every time you show.

I loved showing to Dr. Spritzer last year. He was so very nice.
 

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So in addition to agility, we're doing two big show weekends back to back. Our first is in Ohio and then Tampa. This will be our first time showing the Open classes and I'm so excited.

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We did a pregroom today and will wrap up next week at the show. He looks better daily and no matter the outcome, I always enjoy going out with him.
 

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He does look better every day!!! Good luck! Wish I was showing with you!
 

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Thank you!! Now it’s a matter of whether or not I’m ready for the Open 🤣
You'll do fine. :)

If it's Marion - looks like there's 7 dogs. That means there's probably 3-4 in Open - so there's a definite possibility that the judge will see your boy out there. It does unfortunately also mean you'll have less time out there in front of the judge then perhaps if there were like say more than 5 dogs out there in Open. Means you have to get him set up in a timely fashion and make sure your dog is always set up and looking good. When moving him, take your time before you start to gait him. When you get to the other end of the d/b, pause to look at the judge and line yourself up and go back. Going around leave enough space in front, get all the lead in your hand before you start going. Trust that he will be fine. He's got a couple shows under his collar so he likely is getting used to what he does out there. You both will do fine.

Good luck<:
 

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You'll do fine. :)

If it's Marion - looks like there's 7 dogs. That means there's probably 3-4 in Open - so there's a definite possibility that the judge will see your boy out there. It does unfortunately also mean you'll have less time out there in front of the judge then perhaps if there were like say more than 5 dogs out there in Open. Means you have to get him set up in a timely fashion and make sure your dog is always set up and looking good. When moving him, take your time before you start to gait him. When you get to the other end of the d/b, pause to look at the judge and line yourself up and go back. Going around leave enough space in front, get all the lead in your hand before you start going. Trust that he will be fine. He's got a couple shows under his collar so he likely is getting used to what he does out there. You both will do fine.

Good luck<:
Thank you!! We'll be in Canfield, but I think there are only 7 dogs, maybe 9. My biggest issue with him is sometimes he paces when we go around or do the down and back, so that will be the most important thing for me to work on in the ring. I just need to remember to take my time with everything and not worry about rushing him into it because when I rush he looks sloppy. I'm excited for some cooler temperatures too. It may not be much cooler but anything will be a break. He definitely seems like he's starting to understand what he's supposed to do in the ring and as long as I don't take any bait with me, I should survive :ROFLMAO:
 

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We celebrated Felix’s 2nd birthday at the dog show 🤣

This show was an incredible learning experience. We had our ups and downs. The very first day I forgot to change my shoes and showed in flip flops, but the biggest struggle was showing all of his teeth through his tongue. I practiced that overnight and improved. The second day was better and the third not so much. The heat was getting to Felix and it was obvious he did not want to show and I was getting frustrated with him. The judges were all pleasant.
The fourth day was the best and I felt a lot better. The numbers were very small (Thurs: 4, Fri: 5, Sat: 5, Sun: 4) and we placed 4, 4, 0, 3 in the Open respectively.
I watched the best of breed and tried to emulate some of what those handlers did on Sunday. The video is from Sunday, adding the other days would take too long. Advice is always welcome. Enjoy!

 

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We showed this past weekend in Tampa and I’m so proud of him. We got rained on day 2 and I didn’t bring a dryer so he got a bit frizzy by the end of it but overall he showed well for me and the pros there gave me a ton of advice. I didn’t have anyone to get photos but I do have a couple one of my friends edited from Ohio.
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My grooming is getting better but there are still small things I need to improve on!
Our breeder asked us to send him out with a professional ahead of the National so he left on Sunday. This wasn’t really the easiest decision for me and it kind of feels like giving up, but my time is starting to grow thin and I think I still have a lot to learn before he and I start winning together.
One of my favorite things about the shows has been how obvious it is I am an amateur and how patient the judges are when I don’t understand something. A couple have encouraged me to keep at it and not give up, which is pretty encouraging 🤣
 
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