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New potential show puppy, have questions!

Discussion in 'Showing - questions and answers' started by Arya, Jan 3, 2011.

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  1. Arya

    Arya Boxer Pal

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    Hi everyone!

    I have a 9 week old Boxer puppy that I plan to show in conformation. I have some questions for you experts, as this will be the first time that I have shown a dog. :)

    1. What kind of show lead should I get, and can someone give me a link to the one to purchase online? Money isn't really an issue. I just want something that I can start training her with.

    2. When you are taking your dog for a regular walk, do you use a show lead or do you use a regular collar and leash? Will a regular collar rub her neck?

    3. At what age should I start practicing leading with the show lead?

    4. I was told that we should not teach our puppy to sit by giving her a treat, because it will be way harder to stack her down the line. Are there other things we shouldn't teach her?

    5. At what age should I start practicing stacking?

    Thank you everyone! :)
     
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    The "Show" world is a lot of fun. To start with, just use a regular collar and leash for leash breaking and learning her manners. Plan on attending some Dog Shows nearby and you will find lots of Vendors selling "show" leads and collars. I use thin nylon show collar and a short leather 1/4" lead. Lots of people use the braided with beads leashes, but I just can't get into them. ;) I like to have a collar that blends in with the dog. Brown for fawn, black for brindle and white if they have a full white neck.

    My dogs do not wear collars when home. Yes, a flat collar will leave a mark on the neck. You should be stacking now. Make it fun with lots of treats. I don't have a problem with teaching to sit but teach to stand at the same time. If you use treats to teach the sit, it will be a little harder in the show ring (at first) but is done all of the time.

    Your breeder should be able to help you.

    Have fun!
     
  3. Cami

    Cami Boxer Insane

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    I think leads are a personal choice as there are so many various options available (texture, weights, materials, etc...).
    I'd start stacking ASAP. My girl was started at 3 weeks of age. She will not be shown but the breeder did want to keep her for show but we won out and were able to bring her home as a pet only pup.
    I have pics of her in her little "mini" puppy stack. Too cute!
    The sooner you start the better.
     
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