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Old 24-08-2019, 09:16 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I can walk to my nearest supermarket in less than 15 minutes, but I drive because it is all uphill going home with the shopping. But then, I tend to only go about once a month. If I need anything in between then it's the corner shop just 10 houses away.
I'm popping out soon to do my normal Saturday morning run around, and need to pick up more puppy food. I've got a fabulous local butchers who get me chicken frames for the girls, and a market stall where I get fruit and veg from. Anything else is the small pop in supermarket usually, and it's a ten mile round journey for me to do that, so definitely the car!
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The nearest supermarket to me is about 5 miles away, but it's not a big supermarket. The nearest proper supermarket is probably about 20 miles away, but I tend to shop small and local. The gundog training stuff I'll probably do a lot myself, it is just the ring craft stuff I'll want help with.
A good ringcraft class makes a massive difference. A good handler can make or break a dog. I was so lucky to find a class run by a British lady who has bred, shown and worked curly coats and Sussex and also judges. In my class we have a Dalmatian, a cocker, a Goldie, sometimes a Bernese but he lives in the UK most of the year, us and a bullmastiff. It’s great we get to swap dogs, learn about conformation, get hands on, get to pretend to be a judge, learn about the tricks fellow competitors will do to upstage you, the different speeds to move at for different parts of a triangle, for example, looking out for where the judge is and switching hands. We get different people to go over the dogs so they get used to being handled by others, testicles and teeth in particular. I’ve also looked at the online videos of Eric Salas. He has some great handling tips, though not all are applicable to our breed. I love it, so much to learn.
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Back in the days when I had Beth, we had several young handlers doing the KC Junior Handling, so Beth, being good handling on the fore or the back was the ideal demo dog. Tee's, Reverse Tee's, Triangles and figure 8's were the order of the day.
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Back in the days when I had Beth, we had several young handlers doing the KC Junior Handling, so Beth, being good handling on the fore or the back was the ideal demo dog. Tee's, Reverse Tee's, Triangles and figure 8's were the order of the day.
The junior handlers do those sorts of things but in actual shows thereís very little time for the judges to request fancy moves. The most complicated is a triangle usually and it depends on the size of the triangle to see if you can or need to incorporate fancy moves. With long sides and a short top youíd benefit from doing a circle at each corner to add additional distance and create Impulsion to drive forward along the top end where the judge really needs to see forward movement.

I noticed that as well as junior handlers thereís now a class for ďseniorĒ handlers...over 55. Thereís hope for us yet!
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In the UK the junior handler classes is a handling class rather than a show class and most big shows hold a junior handler class. Something else often thrown in is to swap dogs and handle somebody else's dog. It's quite a flourishing organisation, with summer camps, with both competitions and courses. The highlight of the year is to be chosen as the guard of honour in the big ring at Crufts for the best in show judging.
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In the UK the junior handler classes is a handling class rather than a show class and most big shows hold a junior handler class. Something else often thrown in is to swap dogs and handle somebody else's dog. It's quite a flourishing organisation, with summer camps, with both competitions and courses. The highlight of the year is to be chosen as the guard of honour in the big ring at Crufts for the best in show judging.
Yes, itís the same here. Most annoying as itís usually after breed judging and before group judging and inevitably makes everything run later and later. Why they canít do junior handling earlier,Iíll never know (apart from maybe a shortage of dogs to handle and judges).
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It's normally a different ring here, just the Junior Handlers.
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