A Show-n-Go is a practice trial. There are (unofficial) judges, ring stewards, competitors and classes. The judge scores your performance, but there are no ribbons or placements. Unlike a real trial, you can use treats, toys, praise and corrections in the ring.
The idea of a Show-n-Go is to create as much of a real trial atmosphere as possible so you and your dog can get used to being in a competition without the full stress (or entry fees) of an actual trial. It's a great way to:
- Rehearse the full set of exercises for a trial, especially if you or your dog are new to the ring.
- Find out what the dog will and won't do when you can't carry a treat or reward her after every exercise.
- Cure the ring-wise dog who hates being in the ring because you've never rewarded him with food or play or a toy during a real trial.
- Desensitize the dog who thinks judges and stewards are scary and evil.
- Learn more about how a Rally trial works
- Use the free run to see how Jedi and Chili perform in a different environment
- Get feedback from someone other than our regular trainer
I waffled back and forth about taking Jedi to the Show-n-Go and possibly making a fool of myself. Eventually I put on my Big Girl Panties and . . . ended up not doing it after all. I had car trouble and rode to the training site with RK. I volunteered, but Jedi stayed at home. I put on my Big Girl Panties for nothing! I'm so bummed out. Guess I'll go play with Jedi and hope it doesn't rain again on Tuesday. -- K