Beginner Puppy Classes and a Personal Goal
Senior Editor Christi McDonald introduces Best In Show Daily readers to a new initiative developed by the AKC to “enhance the dog show experience.” Beginning July 1, 2012, the 4-to-6 Month Beginner Puppy Competition may be offered by any all-breed, Group or specialty club as a designated attraction to encourage participation from new exhibitors. Learn how baby puppies of any recognized breed, Miscellaneous breed or Foundation Stock Service breed can participate, and find out how patient judges with gentle hands could help to ensure the program’s success.
Achieving a personal goal requires a focused commitment and not a little bit of patience. In today’s DFR, Kayla Bertagnolli shares her personal aspiration to become a licensed Junior Showmanship judge. She recently moved one step closer toward realizing her objective by judging her first sanctioned match. Find out what it felt like to step into the ring with authority, and meet the hard-working young handler who impressed our rookie judge.
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Editor in Chief
Bringing out the Baby
By Christi McDonald
Many exhibitors who began showing dogs in the 1980s or earlier remember fondly the days when the puppy match was common, and fanciers gathered with other dog people for a relaxing day of what really amounted to training our puppies, and often ourselves, to the show ring. Sadly, those days are long gone, and puppy matches today happen only on rare occasions and usually after a long day at an all-breed show when everyone is really too tired to participate with any enthusiasm.
Is an all-breed show the place to train a young puppy? AKC seems to think it might be. As part of its plan to “enhance the dog show experience,” AKC has, over the past few years, introduced several new initiatives designed to bring in new exhibitors, to keep those already involved interested in the sport, and to hopefully increase entries at shows. more
Four years ago, when I aged out of Junior Showmanship, I was determined to become a Juniors judge so I could always stay connected to this aspect of the sport. Unfortunately, life got in the way of my plans about as quickly as I imagined them. Now, nearly four years later, I’m finally able to pursue my goal.
An aspiring junior judge needs to accomplish a list of requirements before applying for a license. You must pass an open-book exam and meet two of the following criteria: more