It is the first Friday in February and Jodi of Heart Like A Dog has asked me to co-host Follow-up Friday again. FUF is always so much fun so I am glad to oblige. Thanks Jodi of Heart Like A Dog for the opportunity!
Follow-up Friday is the the blog hop that:
Lets you wrap up your week and leads you right into the weekend.
More great questions this week, so let’s go!
But I’ve often wondered (when watching a show on TV) why the Judge chose one breed over another for Best In Show. Does preference come into play? For instance I’m sure I would more drawn to a lab than I would say to a Basset Hound (not that there’s anything wrong with Basset Hounds.)
The judges are supposed to be judging each dog against the standard for that dog and not against one another. So for example, the Judge should be looking at the Lab and judging it against the Lab standard and the Basset Hound should be judged against the Basset Hound standard. It is not an easy job.
Judge’s spend long days on their feet looking at dog after dog and have seconds to make a choice. It can be a thankless job. They do it for love of the sport and those of us who participate owe them a debt of gratitude because without them, there would be no shows. When we pay our fee all we ask is that the judge look at our dog and be nice to puppies.
But did you ever wonder how the commentators of some of the more high-profile shows know which dogs are in contention for “Best In Show” before the show even takes place? Well that is where politics come into play. Owners who aspire to the big prizes under take what is called “campaigning a dog”. Campaigning involves hiring a professional handler, (although some handle their own dogs, but not often), and attending dogs shows every weekend. If you can follow a judge or a couple of judges around that you know like your dog or your handler, all the better. Most take out ads in the trade magazines showcasing their dogs. Think of it as creating buzz about the dog. It is very expensive!
To my mind the truly special dogs are those that can manage a Best In Show without all of the above. It happens now and again. Thunder’s grandfather Joshua was such a dog.
becomingcliche shared that she once got a helpful critique of her dog after the show. That is great. Most judges can be very helpful, especially if they are familiar with the breed.
Once we entered a show and the judge was an extremely petite lady. She walked up to Thunder, who I think came up to her chest, and commented to his handler: “That dog should be hunting lions, not ducks”. Needless to say, that did not go over so well with us. I suppose she was making a joke, but we did not know here well enough to know for sure. Thunder had a couple of hunting seasons under his belt by then and had at least one hunt test title. If I remember right, he may have been one of the only dogs entered that day who actually went hunting. Sometimes judges can’t see everything about a dog in the ring.
Nicole wanted to know if I ever thought about handling myself. No, I am just your humble photographer/reporter/dog holder. My husband likes handling the dogs and I like taking pictures, so it works. I did put a CGC on Storm and that was enough stress for me.
What do y’all do with the browndawgs when you have ice storms?
They usually hunker down safe and warm inside. We have had a bit of ice this winter, but mostly cold temperatures, wind and snow.
I have tried to whistle sit Rudy and Rio without much success. Any tips? Or is it just more and more practise? I bet your dogs are very steady when you send them off? My 2 tend to do everything at 100 mph which makes it hard to get them to listen sometimes!!!
Sometimes when the dog blows off the whistle, we will use a voice command. “SIT!!!” You can poke around the web and look for drills. Drills and practice are very important.
deborahrhodes thought I could post pictures of the other brown dawgs I took pictures of on Saturday. People would think we got some new dogs and she could point people here. No problem! Unfortunately, the sun was in a bad place and most of the pictures from that part of the day did not turn out great. But I did get a couple.
It was nice training with you Deb. Just be patient, it will come for Gunner.
Winter has returned here. I am not sure how the weather will be this weekend. It looks cold and snowy. Oh and Storm has come into season…joy!
Have a nice weekend!
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