WHAT IS HANDLING TRAINING?
Handling classes are an alternative to show classes. In these classes it is your skill as a handler that is assessed, how you and your dog work in partnership, and not the quality of your dog (how good an example of its type it is). Handling classes are divided into four sections. These are:
Group A - 6 to 11 yr olds.
Group B - 12 to 16 yr olds
Group C - 7 yr olds to 39 yrs
Group D - 40 yrs plus.
Competing in this discipline not only suits the older dog that has perhaps done as far as it can in show classes but is also great for the new handler or young dog new to the show ring
If you are thinking about showing your dog then our handling training is a must. You will need to consider the breed of your dog and the training that you will both require. You will not be judged on the breed standard, but on your handling skills and the repore you have with your dog.
Our training will include being able to perform the basic show routine for the breed ring, as well as other shapes for the handling classes. This may include the letters T, L, figure of 8, inward and outward turns, shadowing and being able to perform the finish. We will also address the dress code as well as ring etiquette. The training is fun and for all ages, both young and old alike. So come along, have some fun, and most of all enjoy your dog.