Here’s a humble brag story for you on this subject: Last October we were at a two day show that sometimes gets majors, sometimes not. It tends to conflict with the Golden National. Anyway, it was Eevee’s second weekend of real shows and we were in the 6-9 class. The first day, she was a total spazz. Almost jumped out of the ring to greet another dog (it was way too close anyway, and this venue has really low ring dividers), wiggled during her exam, galloped on the down and back and on the go around, and got last in her class (4th/4). The next day she was a totally different dog! She walked in like she owned the place, stood still for her exam, flew around the ring like she was an experienced special, and proceeded to win her class. We go in for Winners and she is just on. Nails everything the judge asks us to do and then takes home WB for 2 points. Moral of the story is that no, judges don’t officially penalize you for a puppy being a puppy. It really does depend on which version of your dog goes into the ring with you. Sometimes that depends a lot on you. If I relax, she relaxes and shows like a pro. If I’m nervous, she’s an *******. LolWow that is a good point! I guess when they're uncooperative you have to just ride it out and hope it's better next time. Are there ever penalties for unruly or disruptive behavior, maybe in young dogs? Or do judges tend to be forgiving?