Junior Showmanship Expectations, Part 2, and The Joy of Barking
Junior handlers, it is often said, represent the future of the purebred dog sport. Last week you heard from two well-known judges about what they expect from junior handlers. Now it’s the juniors’ turn to share their expectations of the Junior Showmanship judges. Today Kayla Bertagnolli picks up where she left off on Friday, interviewing three of today’s busiest young handlers. Discover what Caleb Campbell, Mallary Ross and Daniel Fabelo have to say about their lives in and out of the show ring, and learn just what they think about the sport that keeps them so involved.
It’s no secret that dogs bark – just ask your neighbors! Their vocalizations can vary from breed to breed, but many of their declarations are universal across every demographic. When my dogs are in the yard, they let me know exactly what’s going on around them. Trespassing squirrels and passing joggers never go unannounced. Discover some of the things my dogs like to say to me, and learn how listening to your own dogs can be every bit as informative, especially when there’s a tattletale on duty.
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What Junior Handlers Expect in the Ring
By Kayla Bertagnolli
Two prominent Junior Showmanship judges recently shared their perspectives on what they expect from junior handlers in the ring. Today we take a look at the expectations of the young handlers, courtesy of a trio that actively participates in the American Kennel Club program, just one example of the AKC’s commitment to protecting and assuring the “continuation of the sport of purebred dogs.” more
Our dogs speak in a variety of voices. Some of the sounds they make are breed-specific, while others are more universally expressed. With little effort, we all learn to distinguish the vocalizations our dogs make, and we can generally interpret their desire or intention simply by listening.
The ability to distinguish each voice in a multiple dog household is rather easy to achieve too – there’s always a troublemaker in the pack and there’s always a tattletale!
When my dogs are in the yard together, they tend not to vocalize much. They enjoy chasing one another around the perimeter, and they like to play keep-away with fallen tree branches. more