|Barked: Sun Sep 23, '12 12:58pm PST |
|Visit shows in your area. For a list of shows, go to AKC.org and click their dog shows and calendar tab and then click events calendar. Choose what types of events you want to go see. Then...go.
Don't take your dog with you to these events. People showing want to know that only entered dogs are present. But do go and ask questions. Feel free to go up to the competitors and talk about the event. Ask where they train, who the area trainers are, what clubs there are, what are the rules, what's going on in the ring, etc.
However, never ask people up by the entry gate with their dogs any questions as they are about to compete. Always ask if someone has a second to answer a question before asking. People are sometimes busy at shows and really don't have time to talk. But they also may be sitting around waiting for a class and have loads of time to talk, so always ask first. As you watch the competition, look for the really good teams and go talk to them after they are done competing. If they're good, you'll want to possibly train where they do.
There are other organizations that offer various types of dog shows other than the AKC, but as there are more AKC events than anyone else, this is a good place to start. If you want to visit the events calendars of other organizations to find shows in your area, it will expand your knowledge and opportunity to visit shows.
When you decide on one or two sports to focus on, find trainers in those, enter classes and then you'll get your doggie show network established.
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