First off, I will say this was a valuable learning experience…lol.
A week or so ago, I took Zoni to the BCOSW sighthound fun match. I really enjoyed it and got to meet the majority of the breeders and basenji people in the IL, WI area and should be an active member of the club next month. Zoni's breeder was really happy with how she is turning out (she hadn't seen her in about a month). I've been practicing gaiting her and stacking her (not so much) and we even stacked her and ran her around the ring a little that morning. She behaved reasonably well and I figured we'd get by in the ring, wasn't expecting any miracles. Boy was I wrong, lol. She was determined not to behave at all in the ring. She was galloping up storm and did not want to be examined at all by the judge. I've been practicing looking at her bite but she even wouldn't let me look at it this time. So the judge told me to hold Zoni out at arm's length and just spin around really fast for a few times to make her a little dizzy and we could look at her teeth. :eek: I'm not sure if this is really a technique to look at puppies teeth or some sort of basenji club initiation ritual but I felt really silly doing it (supposedly there are pictures, haven't seen them though). Although the judge said "you didn't go fast enough" because Zoni still wouldn't let us look at her mouth. In the final go around, Zoni decided to turn around several times and stood on her hind legs attempting to initate play with the puppy behind her thereby causing a major train wreck. It was a good laugh for everyone. She got 2nd out of the 2 puppies, but I think probably more out of the judge's frustration of me not having my dog under control....I could see it on her face. It was a little frustrating at the time but I think I would have rather her act that way then really well behaved...probably would have given me a false sense of security. Now I know what I am getting myself into...lol. Plenty of time to practice and get her ready for the ring. I got a lot of compliments on her so hopefully she will do well once she is trained.
I was amazed though at several of the puppies, they were almost perfectly well behaved in the ring already. Not sure how that happens.