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Looking for a Handler in NC

I would love to get in touch with a handler in North Carolina. I spoke to one person through email, and when I casually mentioned that one of my other dobies is a bit large, she got too upset to work with me! I wasn't looking for a show prospect when I purchased Jade and she is 27 inches tall. Not to mention that Jade also had corrective ear surgery which wouldn't look good in the show ring. I love her nonetheless. But I was really surprised that the professional handler was so upset about Jade that she couldn't look at my other female???

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Hi there! Welcome to DT. What part of the state are you in? It might be worth contacting the DPC of Charlotte to get a referral. Have you taken any handling classes? If so, does your instructor know of any handlers?
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I am near the Charlotte area. I haven't taken a handlers course, but I may look into it. I am working with my 7 month old with Schutzhund training, so I don't want to over commit myself. I'd really like to get an opinion of her, I have not been active in the show world so it is hard for me to say what is right about her and what may be wrong.

The other handler I talked to briefly, who was too obsessed with Jade was referred to me by the local Doberman club. I didn't want to seem to difficult and contact them again to say I couldn't get along well with the 1st handler. That is so embarrassing!
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Email is a hard format to decipher at times...I'd call people, and meet them to evaluate your current dog.

Heck, I have a rescue dog with conformation way off but my show dog was handled by a professional. They certainly did not compare my rescue boy with my show dog. What is the breeding of your show prospect? Could your dog's breeder suggest some people? There may have been more to what your email said than you realized (for example...if either dog is a Z factored dog, not spayed or neutered, would have raised a huge flag with a handler/breeder) 27" in height for dog #1 would not have been a reason to punt your show dog #2.....that makes no sense.
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I would like to see a stacked picture of your bitch. I am in Charlotte, NC. You need to let someone evaluate her before you start spending thousands on showing. Showing is very expensive. Esteban Farias is in NC but I think you need to have her evaluated first.
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There are a few professional handlers making a good living handling. Then there are professional handlers that are 'hungry' - it's not the easiest way to make a living. point being, try to hook up with a big name and at least a couple of good but hungry ones as well. As DobeGirl07 said, get someone to evaluate your girl. A good handler won't take her on if she isn't show quality - so be careful of a handler that jumps on it and says he/she will finish your bitch versus a professional that will give you their honest opinion. I would rather be told "you have a good obedience dog" up front than spend thousands of dollars showing and trying to finish a 'gray area' dog.
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Email is a hard format to decipher at times...I'd call people, and meet them to evaluate your current dog.

Heck, I have a rescue dog with conformation way off but my show dog was handled by a professional. They certainly did not compare my rescue boy with my show dog. What is the breeding of your show prospect? Could your dog's breeder suggest some people? There may have been more to what your email said than you realized (for example...if either dog is a Z factored dog, not spayed or neutered, would have raised a huge flag with a handler/breeder) 27" in height for dog #1 would not have been a reason to punt your show dog #2.....that makes no sense.
It's difficult for me to speak to the breeder. She is a European import from Altobello. I didn't think the email correspondence made sense either.....unless something just got crossed up. She is the red female in the pics but I need to get a better photo. Her ear wraps are off and they stand nicely. I just wanted an honest evaluation of her and it is okay if she doesn't make a good show prospect. I would just really like to know if the show ring is an option. I'll try to get a full picture of her this weekend.
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