I think of showing dogs as a dance. A dance where the judge dictate when and where - but it’s my dance, with my partner - my dog. I can do this dance with three different goals:
- to please the judge (impossible to be successful in as the judge doesn’t judge my dancing)
- to train my dog, make it confident, happy, feeling important (do not expect to win the show when doing this - it’s not a competition it’s all about your dog, your partner when you have this approach)
- to win the competition (but to be able to focus on this you will have to be so confident in your moves. And the dog will not be your focus, so you will either have to have a super confident partner or it will have to be neglected...)
You can not have several focuses in a dance. Well you can, but you will feel like you’re failing over and over again. Focus on one thing at a time - feel satisfied with that and when you feel confident enough, go on to the next goal.
And dance with your dog! Your partner in the ring. You will lead and he will follow. The judge dictate when and where - but it’s your dance! You have paid for the judges opinion, but with out you there will be no show.
This is your time, take it! Own it! ❤️
Well all of us write here, both humans and dogs ;) At least that was the plan but it seems it´s mostly me Robyn who´s attached to the keyboard...