The start of an exciting journey

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  1. snowbunny

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    Well, I previously said I had no interest in showing my new puppy, even though she comes from good show stock, but I've since been persuaded otherwise. Hence why I thought it would be fun to start this new board on the forum to discuss my journey with Luna, and to hear any other stories and advice from other members. Hopefully, we'll be able to get a bit more of a community feel for showing, as well as for the field work that is already strongly represented here.

    I'm lucky in that my breeder is being very supportive of my plans, and will help me out as much as she can along the way. Of course, being based in a different country is a challenge, but I'm hoping that I'll be able to take videos to show our progress and have her comment on them as we go. It's a whole new world to me, though, so I'm having to read an awful lot, to get to understand the terminology - there are a million acronyms they use - and to try to work out what makes a good show dog. My eye is completely untrained, so watching videos of "good" stacks vs "bad" ones will hopefully help that.

    I'm really excited about this and, of course, I already have initial training plans on a spreadsheet!

    I've been watching some of the videos from the Puppy Culture series by Jane Killion, who uses clicker training to get the free stack. I can't wait to get pup home so I can start trying it out :)
     
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    ooh exciting! :) I am fb friends with the breeder who originally had Benons dad, and showed him successfully. She has a lovely photo of a puppy stacked. I will ask her if I can share it. :)
     
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    When will you be getting Luna, Fiona. Lovely name by the way :)
     
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    A week tomorrow :)

    Thanks, it was my hubby's choice. I thought it was the least I could do to let him choose the name, since I'm abandoning him over Christmas, New Year and for two months! He decided on Luna because where we are in Spain, we have no light pollution and so our night skies are spectacular. I guess we could have called her Milky Way, too, since she's a chocolate ;)
     
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    I can't wait to see photos of Luna........:doug:
     
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    There will be plenty, don't you worry :)
     
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    That would be lovely, Kate. Puppies stacking look super cute :)
     
  8. Emily_BabbelHund

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    Hey, will you be showing in Spain? If little Miss Luna is old enough by then, maybe you'll come on down to the huge show in Sevilla in the spring! You are welcome at "Finca Emily". :D
     
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    Oh, I adore Sevilla! My favourite Spanish city.

    Yes, the idea is to show in Spain, which is pretty terrifying. My Spanish is fair but I'm not confident, and it's a completely new world of vocabulary! On the other hand, it will be great for my language skills and for meeting more likeminded Spanish people.

    I hope to have my first show in the UK. She will be 6 months (the minimum age for showing) when I'm over there at the end of next April/beginning of May and I hope to find something suitable around then. I have no idea if that will just be a companion show, or something a little more serious, but it'll be good experience either way. Hey, she might hate it, so who knows?!
     
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    I'm sure you'd do great with showing in Spain and have lots of really interesting stories to tell from the experience. Lots of material for "This Little Doggie", that's for sure!

    I'm also confident you'd pick up the Spanish quickly, too. I've been taking German lessons for eons without much progress, but my German really improved this summer when I did all those breeder visits and dog shows. And definitely true that you get a rather specialised vocabulary - I may not have a clue about how to talk about everyday things like food or the weather in German, but I can now talk about things like dam, sire, genetic testing, dog pregnancy, height at the withers, prey drive, working drive, protection drive, etc. etc. Not so useful in most people's daily life, but very useful for us crazy dog people. :p
     
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    You're right, I'm sure. I pick language up quite quickly, but I sadly don't get much chance to speak it where I am, because I work at home, for an English company and for very long hours. I muddle by, but it'll be good to be immersed in it. I'm sure it'll be good for my Catalan, too, because that's where I'll be doing the majority of my showing!
     
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    Have fun - can't wait to hear about your adventures!
     
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    Fiona I am so excited for you and look forward to reading all about your progress and puppy photos of course :heart:
     
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    Very exciting Fiona! I know nothing about showing or ringcraft, so will be very interested to hear all about it!
     
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    May I ask why you are abdoning your beloved for 2 months and staying with the pup? Is the pup not allowed to travel until then?
     
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    I'll be interested to hear whether you have to register Luna with the Spanish equivalent of the Kennel Club in order to show her. I have to have Poppy's paperwork all changed over to the German Retriever Club before being able to have her registered as a breeding bitch, which was a bit of a marathon!
     
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    Here you go @snowbunny A photo of a pup free stacking, being bribed with yogurt in an egg-cup! The puppy is either 7 or 8 weeks old here. Apparently using an egg cup saves on sore fingers! :) Sues lab puppy 7 weeks.jpg
     
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    Pup can't travel to Europe until 21 days after she's had her rabies jab, which can't happen until she's 13 weeks (technically 12, but that coincides with other vaccinations, so she has to wait one more week).

    You're not alone ;)
    There doesn't seem to be a huge amount of information online, either, so I think I'll be relying quite heavily on my breeder.

    I don't have to have her registered with the Spanish equivalent (RSCE) to show her, although I can get her registered with both with the FCI. But, yes, if I ever wanted to breed from her, she'd have to be registered in Spain. I'd also have to apply to my breeder to lift the exclusion on breeding, which she has put in place so that litters can't be registered from any of her puppies until they are at least 2 years of age and have had all the appropriate health tests.

    *goes to buy egg cups*
    Lovely pup! I love their chunky little legs :)
     
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    She does breed some lovelies...I will try and dig out Bensons dad stacked. One thing she did mention is about nutrition, and with show bred dogs make sure they are fed enough to breed good bone, not to be too slim. I guess that falls down to good nutrition, and a careful exercise regime.
     
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    I've turned into one of "them", trying to find the best food for her. I know, I know...
    She'll obviously stay on the food she's coming with for a while, but I'm not entirely happy with the lack of specifics on the label, so looking for an alternative that I'll be able to continue with once she's back in Andorra.
     
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