Help please!

Maybe I have not read enough forumns yet, but I am looking for any help anyone can offer 🙂 I just brought my new B home last week and I really really want to start training and handling him for conformation classes. This will be the first time I have ever purchased a dog for showing purposes. Can someone give me any advice as to what I should be doing with him on a daily basis so he and I both know what to do when the time comes to enter a show…and so he is used to being touched and handled the way a judge would do it. I have been reading a lot of articles but it would be nice to have some actual personal advice from people. Also, does anyone have any treat suggestions that I could give him for training?? So far he isn't interested in any kind of treat that I offer him and I am having trouble getting his attention with anything. Thank you so much for your help!

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also…my B is a trindle (or Brindle pointed tri) is that considered a fault in the show ring? Or at least, is it frowned upon? Just curious! Thanks again for any help anyone can offer...

Who is the breeder of your puppy? Your breeder really should have discussed these things with you prior to sending the puppy home. How did your puppy grade in its litter?

As for trindle, the basenji standard call for clear demarcation of colors so if its stripes a clear with crisp demarcation then it should not be considered a fault on the other hand if they are blurry with no defined stripes so that the tan looks muddied then it is a fault.

There are a lot of show folks on this site, so you will find lots of help.
Welcome.

@joh04412:

Maybe I have not read enough forumns yet, but I am looking for any help anyone can offer 🙂 I just brought my new B home last week and I really really want to start training and handling him for conformation classes. This will be the first time I have ever purchased a dog for showing purposes. Can someone give me any advice as to what I should be doing with him on a daily basis so he and I both know what to do when the time comes to enter a show…and so he is used to being touched and handled the way a judge would do it. I have been reading a lot of articles but it would be nice to have some actual personal advice from people. Also, does anyone have any treat suggestions that I could give him for training?? So far he isn't interested in any kind of treat that I offer him and I am having trouble getting his attention with anything. Thank you so much for your help!

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Didn't your breeder discuss all this with you? That is usually the first step, especially for people new to the breed and showing. Was the puppy graded as show potential?

@lvoss:

Who is the breeder of your puppy? Your breeder really should have discussed these things with you prior to sending the puppy home. How did your puppy grade in its litter?

As for trindle, the basenji standard call for clear demarcation of colors so if its stripes a clear with crisp demarcation then it should not be considered a fault on the other hand if they are blurry with no defined stripes so that the tan looks muddied then it is a fault.

She posted this before with some info.

http://www.basenjiforums.com/showthread.php?t=8487&page=2

Hi Kristie,

I highly recommend a book that lvoss has recomended on the forum before, with the same name as the website below. I think the website is new (at least to me).

http://www.positivetrainingforshowdogs.com/

Also, as an FYI, you're probably going to have to travel a bit to show. I didn't realize Crookston was so way up there on the North Dakota side. Basenji entries in shows in the Midwets are often quite small (or nonexistent) and usually coordinated so we make sure we can get an entry. Not sure if there are people showing in North Dakota or not, otherwise you may have to travel to other neighboring states or at least the other side of MN. So check out the judging programs of shows in your area to see if there is a basenji entry and talk to the people at the show to see which ones they normally go to and see if you can possibly get on an email list or two.

What does that mean-graded for show? The woman I got him from isn't a professional breeder, nor does she have a kennel or anything like that. She has 2 dogs who have very good bloodlines, and from them she had a litter of quality puppies with good bloodlines and excellent tempermants. I am not looking to win the Westminster dog show, I am just looking to get into something new that is both fun and rewarding.
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In regards to his markings, thanks for the info…he doesn't have a lot of stripes, but the ones that he does have are clear and not faded so thank you for that info!

Also, in regards to the breeder-she was very very helpful and kind and with everything my puppy came with, I am positive that he came from a loving home that would be there for us if something ever happens down the road. I look forward to keeping in contact with her, but I did not discuss the ins and outs of handling with her. She does some local shows, but is kind of a novice as well. SO....that is why I posted this...just for any helpful tips anyone could give someone with no dog show experience looking to get into the wonderful world of showing and handling dogs.

I will be going to a show in April, although my pup will not be old enough yet, so I am looking forward to meeting some breeders there. It is in Eu Claire, WI

Hey Kristie,

I'm going to be in Eau Claire for that show weekend, so it would be great to meet you. There will definitely be a number of basenji breeders there. If everyone shows up, we have a major! Yippee!

Clay

joh04412 I have to be honest, if you didn't get your basenji from a Quality breeder..one who shows, and has AKC sire/dam, your chances of getting a show dog are slim.
The sire/dam of your b have to be AKC reg. Are they?
That is the very first question you need to know.
Any other "so called" reg, is just not going to work.
Sorry, I know this isn't something you want to hear.
But you can do many other things with your basenjis to win ribbons. Rally, obedience, agility..but without an AKC standing, you will not be able to show.

The breeders that are on this forum are not "professional breeders" either. Most are what people refer to as hobby breeders. Many don't have kennels, breed occasionally, and show, course, race, do agility, etc with our dogs as part of our relationship with our dogs.

There are many people who own a couple of dogs and think they will be "helping" either people or the breed if they breed them since they are just such fantastic companions that they must be exemplary specimens of the breed. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Everyone on this forum loves their basenjis and in their eyes their dogs are the epitome of "basenji" but from a breeding standpoint that may not be the case. The hardest thing as a breeder is to look at your dog with a critical eye and ask "What does this dog have to offer the breed?"

Were both of your puppy's parents DNA tested for Fanconi? Did you verify the results on the OFA website, http://www.offa.org, to be sure that at least one tested Clear? Did you make sure the parents also had a hip rating and a current CERF exam? Did the breeder have CERF exams performed on the puppies before sending them home? This is especially important if you bought your puppy as a show/breeding prospect because PPM is at its worst when they are puppies so it would be important information when selecting for health.

As for "grading", typically a breeder will grade their litter at 8 weeks old, which is when the pups look most like what they will look like as adults before they start going through funky growing stages. At this point, the breeder will look at each puppy's conformation and grade them against the standard and decide which have potential as show/performance prospects and which are best suited to pet homes. Just because a puppy comes from spectacular parents does not mean it will turn out to actually be show potential.

If your breeder was not able to discuss with you the strengths and weaknesses of your puppy based on the standard then I highly recommend you get together with some basenji people and have them go over your puppy. Be prepared to hear both the good and the bad, no dog is perfect, and if you are serious about showing it can be really discouraging to be at the "back of the bus" and not understand what the judges may be seeing that you are not.

Both the parents are AKC registered yes…

For some more information about grading puppies, here is a website about what breeders look for. http://www.geocities.com/rugosab/ConformationPage.htm

Tricks of the Trade by Pat Hastings discusses evaluating a dog or litter as well as how to show your dog. http://www.dogfolk.com/trickstrade_revised.htm

Finding out when your nearest basenji club is hosting their puppy match is and making sure you plan to attend should also be at the top of your list.

Whether or not the puppy is truly show potential there is no reason why he cannot be shown if he has full AKC registration and both testicles. Kristie can use this puppy as an introduction to the dog show world, to learn on and see if this is a hobby she may enjoy. The sport needs new people and Clay (Nemo) has offered to introduce Kristie to some people up in that area. Let's hope they will be nice to her. 🙂

Thank you so much YodelDogs!! That is what I really looked for when buying this puppy….one that was a good representation of the breed standard (and I really think he is!)from a breeder who was responsible, honest and willing to answer any questions I have now and down the road. Trust me I understand being objective...I used to be a professional dairy cattle fitter (groomer)
I am really enthusiastic about trying this sport and I was just looking for any helpful information anyone could offer 🙂
And I really looking forward to meeting some breeders at my first dog show in Eau Claire in April!

Though any AKC dog with full registration and 2 testicles can be shown, it can become very discouraging very quickly to be last place at every show. Even more so if you have no idea why because you don't have someone helping you to understand dog structure and conformation. And that is what happens when the dog who is the apple in the eye of the owner is not of the same quality as the others in the ring and the novice owner has no one to help them learn the finer points of the standard.

I think two key components to getting new people to stick around is 1. A good quality dog and 2. A good mentor to provide support.

@lvoss:

Though any AKC dog with full registration and 2 testicles can be shown, it can become very discouraging very quickly to be last place at every show. Even more so if you have no idea why because you don't have someone helping you to understand dog structure and conformation. And that is what happens when the dog who is the apple in the eye of the owner is not of the same quality as the others in the ring and the novice owner has no one to help them learn the finer points of the standard.

I think two key components to getting new people to stick around is 1. A good quality dog and 2. A good mentor to provide support.

The only discouraging thing is that you are already assuming I am going to be last place at every show I attend…and maybe I will be, but at least I will be able to learn first hand the finer points of conformation and I will have the essential skills needed to compete again with another dog when the time is right...but this is where I am starting from right now-and we all have to start somewhere right?

I am so thankful for the people who have been supportive and those whom I have not yet met willing to help a newcomer in learning the basics so I can build my knowledge from there.

What I am saying is that you really need to talk to people who can see your puppy in person, and have hands on it and give you an honest evaluation of your dog. With a trindle, honestly, you may very well find yourself last under certain judges. There are judges that are "red or dead" and others who just don't accept the AKC and BCOA opinion that trindle is covered by our standard and your breeder should have warned you about that since you were specifically looking for a show dog.

@lvoss:

Though any AKC dog with full registration and 2 testicles can be shown, it can become very discouraging very quickly to be last place at every show. Even more so if you have no idea why because you don't have someone helping you to understand dog structure and conformation. And that is what happens when the dog who is the apple in the eye of the owner is not of the same quality as the others in the ring and the novice owner has no one to help them learn the finer points of the standard.

I think two key components to getting new people to stick around is 1. A good quality dog and 2. A good mentor to provide support.

The above is my opinion in general not about anyone specifically. I see many newcomers to shows come with their beloved pet that someone said, "Don't worry, it will be your starter dog. That way you know what you are doing with your next one." They come to a handful of shows and never get that "next one" because they are so discouraged by being out of ribbons or last place or not even having that person who told them to get in the ring with that dog there to help when they do step into the ring.

So I just have to put out there that IMO it is not the best advice to tell beginners to just show whatever dog they have because at least they will get experience because the experience they tend to get is that showing is really disappointing. They don't get tend to get the postive reinforcement of placements or wins or their mentor(s) letting them know they are improving.

@lvoss:

The above is my opinion in general not about anyone specifically. I see many newcomers to shows come with their beloved pet that someone said, "Don't worry, it will be your starter dog. That way you know what you are doing with your next one." They come to a handful of shows and never get that "next one" because they are so discouraged by being out of ribbons or last place or not even having that person who told them to get in the ring with that dog there to help when they do step into the ring.

So I just have to put out there that IMO it is not the best advice to tell beginners to just show whatever dog they have because at least they will get experience because the experience they tend to get is that showing is really disappointing. They don't get tend to get the postive reinforcement of placements or wins or their mentor(s) letting them know they are improving.

I totally agree with lvoss… and you have to have thick skin to be able to accept your dogs faults and understand why you might not be winning. When you have a mentor and/or your breeder that is right there with you, you have someone to lean on... good/bad or inbetween

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