Dog Show Info

I've wanted to show dogs since I was nine years old. Life got in the way, but 35 years later I finally brought home my first AKC puppy. I was excited. And clueless on what to do next. As a blogger I naturally looked to the internet. I looked and looked for a "Dog Showing for Newbies" blog and couldn't find a thing. So . . . I'm writing one myself. I'll share books I've read, mistakes I've made, too many anxieties, too few ribbons, and various lessons learned along the way. I am by no means an expert, but if my trials and tribulations make it easier for the next newbie, then it's all worth it.

The A to Z of Dog Shows

In April of 2015 I took the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. For the entire month I shared everything I knew about dog shows -- in alphabetical order! Below are those 26 posts.

Putting on a Dog Show

In April of 2018 the German Shepherd Dog Club of North Florida is putting on two conformation dog shows. The two women who've done it in the past quit, leaving very little to go by. A couple of us are trying to put on the show by the seats of our pants. Here are some things we're learning along the way, should you ever be in a similar situation.

Other Blog Posts
  • Dog Show 101 -- A basic overview.
  • Putting on a Show, Part 1 -- The Show Secretary, Show Chairman and some basic terminology.
  • Putting on a Show, Part 2 -- What goes on behind the scenes. It's more than you think.
  • Calculating Points -- Short answer: a dog needs 15 points to make Champion. Long answer: calculating the points can be confusing. I try to explain it in plain English.
  • Advice From Veteran Fanciers -- Showing ain't cheap! But I've collected some tips to help keep the cost down.
  • What's in the Box? -- A dear friend shared what she keeps in her tack box.
  • CHIC Jedi -- What is the OFA Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) database? And why should you know before buying your next puppy?