Today I went to Enumclaw with my friend Raven and showed her GSP, Seven. Was I totally rocking the teal CK dress with the wire rim Raybans? Hell yes, I was. Did I blow the competition out of the water with my slick skills? Not quite.
When I was working for Val I often heard how difficult it is to show a GSP really well, which made the fact that Val can do it all the more impressive. And I believe it. They are a head-n-tail breed, meaning the handler has to hold both ends of the dog. This is a method I am totally unaccustomed to, coming from Border Terriers. Wally gets hand stacked (which a GSP does too) but then he holds up his own tail and head. I just bait him and occasionally remind him to keep the tail up.
Perhaps I’m just over thinking things, too. I’m not used to showing big dogs, which is surprisingly different from showing small dogs. I’m used to kneeling, not half-squatting or standing. And I’m used to using bait, which is often way too exciting for a GSP! So I’m learning, and I love that. I’m challenging myself and I’m lucky enough to have a friend who will allow her dog to be my guinea pig. In the end, I guess I win!