Professor does dog show

Professor went to his first conformation show today. He is 6 months and 5 days old. There were two 6-9 month puppies entered, and the other was about 8 months. He also had a handler who’d been in the ring before. Well, so had I, but it was 10 years ago when I showed Amelia a couple of times, to no avail. Professor and I have had one handling lesson.

He’s got the stand part of stand still down pretty well, but the still part…. not so much. He really wanted to turn around and play with the other puppy. As soon as he wakes up, he’s going to write to AKC and suggest that free playtime should be part of all puppy classes. He gaited much better than I expected, with only one incident where he tried to go 90 miles an hour in three different directions. But I got him back and he went around pretty well. He was good on the table, and the judge was very nice, and patient, and kind to a youngster on his first time out.

Oh, and we won the class, and winners’ dog, and best of winners, for Professor’s first-ever point. Bless his brindle little heart!

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