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Old 01-03-2014, 01:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default i want to get into showing , where do i start

I have been fascinated by dog shows ever since I was little and have always wanted to try... But where do I start and where do I go ? i am in sacramento, CA.

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Old 01-03-2014, 05:41 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Start by going to dog shows in person.
Check out the website for your Country's kennel club. They usually have a menu of all the shows that happen and you should be able to search for your area.
Walk around the grooming area. Introduce yourself to a few of the breeders/groomers/handlers. Let them know you're interested in showing.
See if you like the atmosphere.
A lot of people love the magic of a dog show, but can't believe the competitiveness they find there once totally involved.
Do NOT start by buying a dog! There is a lot of research that needs to be done into the breed of your choice (I'm assuming it's boxers!). Boxers are a very popular breed, and depending on the show, they are a very difficult breed to champion if you're new!!

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Old 01-03-2014, 09:20 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Yes, start by getting in contact with your kennel club. Go to shows. Introduce yourself to people. Make friends and look for mentors who can offer you learning opportunities. Not every breeder and handler will be receptive, but many are. Boxers are handled mainly by professional handlers. I'd suggest making contact with the actual breeders of the dogs which are usually found ringside watching or in the grooming area. I only say that because the handlers usually have many dogs to juggle in a short period of time. IMO the best time to chat is early (before ring time if they are not crunching) wish them luck, ask questions, let them know what you are looking for. Then go back and chat again after the show.

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Old 01-03-2014, 12:25 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Yep, time to start reaching out to people. I find the dog shows aren't the best place to actually talk to people. Every one is in such a hurry to get dogs groomed and most handlers have 20 plus dogs to show.

If you have a dog you would like to show, look for conformation classes with a dog trainer. They are usually done weekly with a group of other people interested in showing. This is where you can talk to other breeders or ppl and get recommendations. It also helps prepare you and your dog for the ring. There are many owner handlers out there

If you are looking to purchase a show prospect, look for a breeder who is active in the ring. You can do this by attending a few shows or as mentioned above contacting your local breed club and asking for a referral to a breeder.
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I agree with everyone else. I'd find a local dog show if possible so you can go check it out. Watching them on TV and actually showing is much different. Here's a website to help you find one:


If you search by state you should be able to find a local show, there's a lot in California. If you talk to breeders talk to them after the breed is done showing. It's much more of a relaxed time.

I will tell you that showing in California is extremely competitive though. It can get expensive too, even though it is loads of fun.

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Old 01-03-2014, 10:09 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thank you for the great advice :-)
I looked through the info dog website even though it took some time I found a boxer and a all breed show in April in sacramento ,and I'm looking forward to attending it.
I will also try to find a conformation training class around here.
I used to breed and show rabbits and I wonder if the dog show world is similar , I'm sure its even more competitive and expensive, but I am excited to find out for myself
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