|Barked: Mon Dec 3, '12 2:46pm PST |
|Something that you can do also, that tends to impress a breeder, is show dedication and knowledge about what you are doing.
Join an agility/OB club, and start making connections. Work your own dogs there, let them see you are capable, and put yourself out there and prove yourself dedicated. You don't have to be competing... but get in on that circle. Go to trials, watch other dogs run, schmooze with handlers and owners and breeders.
Take a handling class... who cares if your current dogs aren't going to show, do it for the experience, and for the references. You want to handle one of their dogs, what better way to show you're serious than going out there and seeing what its about. If you build a good relationship with these people, have them offer their opinion of you to the potential breeder.
And most importantly of all, as was already mentioned, start building a relationship with them NOW. If you are aiming for 4 years in future, start all this NOW, get in contact with them NOW, and let them see your dedication and progress as its unfolding. That, I think, will mean more to them than anything.
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