Thanks for the heads up. Unfortunaately my 2 will stand out. If anyone has a phone number I can call to make sure I can bring these two, just pm me if you could. I really want to go to see this but my furbabies come with me! Heck if children can come, why not other dogs?
Well, for one thing dogs can have communicable diseases that don't spread from kids There is a clause in most show premiums that when you enter a dog, you are responsible for having that dog current on vaccines, and in good health. If someone walks a dog in unentered, there is no guarantee that that dog isn't ill or harboring disease. Of course, that is kind of a goodwill among show folks, that people won't bring a sick dog to shows, but some do. And of course most dogs brought by the public are perfectly healthy.
The other concern is that a lot of the general public has no idea how their dogs will behave amongst hundreds of intact dogs, many of whom may be in full blown estrous. Again, lots of visitors with dogs will be perfectly well behaved, but I have seen people walk their dogs onto show grounds using a rope as a leash, and looking for a bitch to stud their dog to….not cool....
And there is a slightly different dog show etiquitte (sp?) for dogs. We don't let our dogs sniff each other, or say Hi, or play around (unless we know the other dogs, and owners VERY well). Show dogs are there to do a job, and many of them take it very seriously (none of mine, ftr :rolleyes: )....it is important that they focus on the job at hand, and not on the other dogs. A lot of non show people are used to the dog park etiquette, where the dogs are encouraged to interact with new dogs. I guess to the outsider, it seems snooty...but there are very real reasons why it is like that.