I’m sure you have been wondering why I haven’t been mentioned on the blog for a while. (You were wondering, right?) Well, I have been really busy for the past few months taking a Junior Showman class through the AKC – American Kennel Club! This means that I learned how to be a dog handler at a dog show.
A friend of the family is a professional dog handler and I traveled with her to Philadelphia to see the National Dog Show firsthand! It is a really exciting and stressful time for both dogs and handlers. The National Dog Show is a benched show, which means the dogs need to wait patiently on platforms so visitors can see the dogs firsthand when they are not competing. It’s so hard for the dogs to not do what comes naturally!
I was lucky that I was able to show a dog as a junior. I had been practicing for weeks with Rembrandt, our friend’s Border Collie. Rembrandt competed in the Herding class of dogs. Walking in a straight line did not come naturally for my show pup – he would much prefer to round up all of the handlers and dogs and drive them right into the middle of the show ring!
We didn’t make the cut in the herding category, but it was so much fun. After the competition, Rembrandt got his picture taken by a professional photographer. He is a champion to me!