The beginnings of being a show dog are tough, but not just for me, Mom too. She has never had a show dog, so we are learning the whole thing together. We are taking conformation classes and our groomer is helping us get ready for our first show outing. Speaking of groomer, I went there on Tuesday for the first time. My sisters said it is called a spa and I needed to bring a towel, so I did. Come to find out, they were just making me look stupid. Girls!
My furs were not too bad when I got to the spa. I needed a bath and some touch up mainly. Mostly my paws needed some taming down. Mom left me there for almost five hours! The lady is nice, but she had me doing all kinds of training things and quite frankly, I was worn out when Mom finally returned.
I do think I look pretty nice all cleaned, trimmed, and stripped. Thankfully she didn’t mess much with my face and beard.
When we got home I had to do some photos so everyone could see my right side. Learning to stand, stay standing and stand still seem to be a big thing for this show dog gig.
How about a peek at my left side? I think I am looking pretty good. Next we have to work on something called a stack but I am not keen on doing it. Mom says I will learn if I want to be a show dog.
At conformation class I have to run around with Mom, stay at her side, and go up on a ramp thing to a table. So far I’ve learned to let people see my teeth, and to hold my head straight. In this photo, the holding still kind of fell apart as it was at the end of class when I am pretty much done with it all.
My sports are super fun, but this show stuff I am not sure about. Mom isn’t so sure either, but she says we are going to do it together because I am the right guy for the job. On the way home from class, I crash completely. It is really exhausting work, all this learning! Hopefully when we get to that point, the showing thing will be at least a little bit of fun. I guess I am thankful I get a lot of opportunities. Many dogs don’t.
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