Join Date: Jul 2008
Dogs Name: Vixie (papillon), Perrin, Guilty, Abra
Titles: Perrin: CH CA DJ CGC WAC ; Guilty: CH CA CGC WAC; Abra: workin' on it!; Vixie: NA NAJ
Dogs Age: V 3/21/05, P 7/17/09, G 1/17/11, A 1/21/14
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I handle my own, and occasionally get to go back in on dogs for handlers.
Overall, I think that the climate is not too bad for an OH right now. My Guilty beat a heavily advertised top 20 bitch a couple weekends ago for a select win (woo! haha) with me on her. You definitely have to go in prepared and handle your best to get a look, but that’s the nature of the Doberman ring. Our dogs are polished and trained (hopefully), and we should be, too.
There is a lot of competition in my area, and its not an easy place to finish a dog (politics, etc), but putting in the time and effort to become a smooth and capable handler on a nice dog certainly helps.
I have also learned to listen to my gut about judges. If I dont feel good about a judge, I probably wont enter the show under them. I have a few judges that I am not going to show to ever again, a few that I am going to give a few years before I give them another entry, and a few that I would travel a good ways to show to. Thats not necessarily because they put my dog up, but because I feel like they were really trying to choose the best dog.
CH Treu's Star Witness v Touchstone CA CGC WAC Guilty
Aura's Zatanna Abra
"Vixie" (Papillon) NA NAJ Waiting at the Bridge
CH O's Godiva Signature CA DJ CGC WAC Perrin