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Old 11-24-2012, 10:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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How old must the handler be. My granddaughter wants to show our new Dobie. She is 10 y/o.
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Old 11-24-2012, 12:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I do not think there is an age requirement to handle dogs.

but not positive.

hmmmmmmmm.

there are lots of 'events' and competitions for junior showmanship and handling...............

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Old 11-24-2012, 12:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yup there's no age limit. But the dobe ring is really competitive and I had a hard time winning when I was 10 years old because most judges didn't take me seriously.

She should try out junior showmanship. It's for people 9-18 years old and there's a bunch of opportunities to win scholarships and such through it. It's also been a lot of fun for me.
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Old 11-24-2012, 12:38 PM   #4 (permalink)
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You can start showing dogs in juniors at 7, ive seen a mother in the ring with her three children two must have been under 5.
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You can start showing dogs in juniors at 7, ive seen a mother in the ring with her three children two must have been under 5.
Not AKC junior showmanship. UKC and CKC both have peewees. I've never done UKC but in Canada the peewees had to be able to control their dog without the help of a parent/friend to show. Or that's how it was when I was up there a few years ago.

The general rule for breed is the person needs to be able to control the dog. Which is different for each dog/child. Judges and other handlers don't want the someone being dragged around the ring or have their dogs constantly sniffed.
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My friends children, 5 and 6, show in the breed ring. They get quite the applause too! However, when they show it's usually a smaller and more well behaved dog, I think going in the Doberman ring would be a very different situation!

I think you absolutely should let her show if she enjoys and does well it could be something she'll enjoy for years!
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Not AKC, British KC, but we have a junior handler who goes to my ringcraft class and WOW she is incredible; much more competent at handling than almost everyone else in the ring! She is amazing to watch, I think she's top 10 in the country or something. She handles all sorts of dogs, though her parents breed rough collies.
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