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Bringing non entered puppy to specialty show?

Hi all

I am new to showing and do not know the etiquette regarding day of show.
I just realized there is a Doberman specialty coming up this weekend fairly close to where I live and I would love to go.
However, it is a busy day for me / my family as it is a regular workday for us and if I can't take our 12 week old puppy with me I won't be able to go.
Is it considered bad etiquette to bring a puppy along that is not entered in the show?
He is obviously fully vaccinated and as well behaved as can be expected of a young pup.
I tried googling the club but find it very hard to find any actual info regarding this situation.

Yes or no?

(Obviously part of the fun with bringing him is to see what some of the "know hows" think about him as I am hoping to show in the future.)

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I am not sure what the proper etiquette is where you live, but here is my experience bringing a 12 week old pup to a major show in Vancouver, WA.

I had picked McCoy up at Foxfire 2 weeks previous. He was 10 weeks. I talked to Michelle Santana a couple of times in between and she said that she would love to see him when she was at the dog show just north of me. (15 miles). I checked with them and they had no problem. They did suggest that I come towards the end of the event. Which I did. It was great. He was already walking well on a leash. The event was free and, as I came as late as I did, they forgave the parking fee.

I met with Michelle and she gave me some pointers as to his feeding and his ears. We saw all the Dobes that had just shown. Talked with a few handlers and owners. It was great. I had not one issue. Everyone was really nice.

We were there for about an hour, which was perfect given a 3month old puppy's attention span.

So... I don't know what you will run into, but we had a very nice experience taking our 12 week old pup to a fairly big show.

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It is against show rules (all shows AFAIK) to bring unentered dogs to the show grounds.

That said, a lot of people do it. And if the dog looks like it belongs there, you may be ok. Puppies generally don't look or behave like they belong there, so it's entirely possible you could be asked to leave.

Now that said, you're more likely to get away with taking a puppy to an outdoor show and/or a specialty show.

Keep in mind that there is a nasty dog flu going around. I think if I had a puppy, I wouldn't go right now but that's me.
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I would NOT do this right now. You'd be putting your puppy at quite a bit of risk.
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I've shown dogs in the USA, Canada and Mexico and Mary's right--AFAIK unentered dogs are not supposed to be on the show grounds.

However, as several people have said, that's a rule that gets broken regularly. Do it the way 4 x 4 John did (toward the end of the judging) and probably no one including the show superintendents crew will say anything.

I have seen puppies in posts asked to leave (usually from big crowded indoor shows. Show grounds are usually marked with signs--for indoor shows they tend to be everything in the show building. Outdoor shows almost never notice you unless you've got an out of control English Mastiff on a logging chain.

If you can crate the puppy and the weather is mild (not 10 below zero or 95 degrees) you can also leave the puppy in the crate in the car and check on it regularly--many people do that when they have very young puppies who are obviously too young to be entered but whose breeders are at the show and want to see them.

But you should also be aware of the possibility of infection (like the canine flu that has been making the rounds in the South, Southeast and a couple of -places in the Midwest) there'll always be another dog show another day.
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