What makes a good handler: learning the techniques at an early age (my dog's handler learnt the handling techniques since she was a baby girl)? Or maybe lots and lots of practice although the beginning could be tough and full of mistakes? Or maybe a specific temperament or personality that helps not to take it so rigid that might take away from the beginner the joy of it?
That is actually one of my concerns, since my original idea was to be the handler myself, to create a bond with my basenji, to show him on dog shows being his handler but when I started taking handling classes (and I have been taking them for a little while now) I became discouraged when I found myself too nervous while walking the dog on the ring, with not selfconfidence, too stiff, and obviously the results were have been pretty bad during the training sessions. I am a little sad about it, because that was my original idea: to have a basenji and enjoy together walking proud on the ring, but I did not know that I was going to feel that way
It seemed possible-to-be-performed-by-me after going to many dog shows before and watch the dogs and handlers, I always wanted to try some day being not only an expectator but an active participant with my dog on a show, but there are a lot of techniques involved that now I realize and the point is enjoying it, dog and owner together and not against each other. As a handler, I feel responsible for not letting my dog down and not making him look bad because my lack of experience on the ring.
And besides, on top of that, I am new at the language as well!