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Excited to try

I just got notice this week and I committed to a 1st pick female from Lyndobe!! I will wait impatiently until March. Any tips for my 1st time confirmation prospect? What to start,when? I am going to attend my clubs classes but would like some feedback more breed specific.
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Congratulations. For starters, spelling and pronouncing it correctly. It's conformation. As in, how well an individual dog conforms to the breed standard. Picky detail, I know, but as in any sport, there are some people out there in Dog Show Land who can be rather.... um, well... not very friendly, and would love any excuse to jump all over someone.

I know that MeadowCat has mentioned joining a kennel club in another thread. KCs frequently hold handling classes, or can steer you in the direction of a class. Socialization and exposure to different situations is important, so work on that, for sure.


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Look into www.fenzidogsportacadamy.com

It has amazing online classes of all kinds, but specifically for your case there conformation skill building classes that I'm just finishing. They give you tons of knowledge from a teacher who has been a handler and judge for years. The classes break down each step, give theory, how-tos, etc. It allows you to gleam all sorts of little details that make a big difference.

I went to a great class at a kennel club, but it was such a new sport for me that there were hundreds of little things that it seemed like a secret society that had rituals that I couldn't begin to comprehend. Now that I've taken these classes (there are 2 - 6 week classes) I have a great grasp on that society, and next I'm going to go to a few more in-class conformation classes in the next month and use it like "on the job training" where I can really put all that we learned to the test in a friendly environment.

My only regret is that I registered too late to take it at the premium level. At that level you video yourself and the instructor gives you one one one feedback. It is pricy, but because conformation involves very fine tuned skills to look really good, it would have been worth every penny to me. If you just want to teach your dog some skills and then hand her off to a handler, then bronze is probably fine.

It looks like the next set of classes can be registered for in late July and start August 1.
Fenzi Dog Sports Academy - DS230: Conformation Skillbuilding 1

These classes were such a great experience that I wish I had found the website when I first got my pup (she is 9 months now) and started all my training through here. The classes are super detail oriented and really complete. My local dog class (not through a kennel club - that is further away) was good, but just taught skills without teaching the theory behind them and how to make them real world useful.
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Along with checking out the Fenzi Conformatin Skillbuilding classes and local conformation classes here are a couple more things to do.

Go to the DPCA website and look up Michelle Santana's post under breeder education (and entitled "Reindeer Games" I think) She's got some really good detailed information on how to teach a number of skills for the Doberman destined for the conformation ring.

And I start teaching stuff to my conformation puppies when they walk in my door.

They start out learning to be crated without a fuss. I teach them that standing still and looking to see what is in my hand (for seconds only at first) will earn them a treat. While I do teach a sit and stay and a down and stay the default position is a stand.

Even when ears are posted I teach them that ears up gets attention and treats.

I also take them everywhere so that strange places, sights, sounds and people become commonplace for them.

I handle them a lot so they are used to it--not only do judges like this but thier vets will love it.

Get a mirror and use it when you are learning to stack a puppy (or any dog)--that way you can see when the puppy is in proper position and can see what the proper position looks like to the judge when you have to translate it to what that perfect stack looks like to you when you are standing over the puppy.

Teach them to trot along with you when they are on leash.

Make sure that they can be stacked by you before you get heavily involved in teaching them to free bait --it really pays off.

Congratulations and good luck.
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Excellent! Thank you for suggestion!
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My bad. Opps .I'll try to get the spelling correct. Don't want to offend anyone. I am member of KC and plan to attend classes. I didn't mention socialization because I think that's a no brainer and critical for every dog. Thank you for the tips!!
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You enter through the gate, to gait your dog and receive confirmation of your dog's conformation. And autocorrect can be hateful some days. Mine doesn't like "confirmation", and keeps saying conformation.


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Handling your own dog in the Doberman ring can be a bit rough. It is very competitive. Not that a new person can't do it but it can be difficult. If you haven't shown Dobermans before you might also want some assistance in picking the right pup. There are a lot of things to consider when choosing a pup for the ring. The experience of a good handler could can go a long ways. A friend of mine bought a Golden Retriever from a Breeder and show handler. They go to the shows together, She assists the Breeder at the shows and the Breeder is also training her on how to handle. For this purpose the breeder is also on the papers of the dog as co-owner. This works out well for both of them.
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