May 13, 2006, 2:23 AM
Post #7 of 96
From your posting you sound rather discourage however do you know why you and your GSD is not making the mark? Is it the dog, your preparation of your dog for the show or your presentation? If it is your dog, then you may not have the eye to catch the critical points in the standard and hence you need to learn more, if it is your preparation, then time is required and then the presentation, that is your showmanship, well you either have it or not. I know some owners actually engage others to show the dog so that is one option.
As for the nonsence of not winning is not important so I ask why participate at all? It is such a non-motivational attitute to have in life. As for socialising, most breeders do not appreciate anyone bringing a non showing dog to the show as it is a major distraction and also leaves room for trouble as some may wish to cause some chaos by bringing a bitch that is on heat. If you wish to socialse your dog go and visit at Odedience training sessions either at Puppy.com or M.K.A.
As for looking for a stud dog, if your bitch is not up to par why breed it? As a rule of thumb the bitch usually is the dog that contributes to her off-spring.
As for GSD, you should look at it objectively and have another go, beside the competition is pretty tough as the pool of dogs is fairly hugh unlike breeds with small numbers.
So to conclude, if not to win then do not show. "
All your answer already here on my first posting. Recap : -
Dog Shows - be there All Breed Championship Shows or Specialty Shows one comment we often hear is ďIf I canít win, Iím not going.Ē Well if you donít you are losers.
You donít go to shows to win. Many exhibitors have lost sight of the purpose of dog shows. You show your dogs and there are so many more reasons to attend. You go to see old friends and make new ones. If you have a female you would like to breed, you go to check out the males. You might find the perfect one. She may not win. But one of their offspring just might.
There have been cases of exhibitors who have gone to shows for 10 years or more and have never won. Dog shows are about everything but winning. Only one dog can do that. Of cause all exhibitors day dream of winning Ė after all showing dogs is winning Best in Show but few will realize that dream. Everybody who goes to show their dogs win just in different ways when they go to the shows with an open mind and put less emphasis on winning. This approach is far more lasting and beneficial to everyone concern. Go to shows to show what you got and see what other people have got and find out who doing what with who.
Ribbons and Trophies are fleeting. Knowledge and friendships are forever.