Wednesday, April 24, 2013

40 Weeks - Conformation

The hounds and I headed to the Peach Cluster April 11th through the 14th.  It is a fun show to go to because it has agility, obedience, conformation, lure coursing, Canine Good Citizen tests, herding instinct tests, and tons of vendors.
I showed Maddie in conformation.  It was fine.  She was the only bitch in the 9-12 month puppy class and then when we showed against the only other class bitch, she beat us every time.  And it has been the same bitch every time.  Bitch!  Just kidding! Ha!  I have to keep in mind that Maddie was not bred for pageants.  She comes from a functional pedigree that bases breeding criteria on open field coursing performance and not show ring conformation.  I think Maddie is beautiful and I am the one that has to look at her everyday so that is what matters.  Pageants are just something to do until she can do agility and/or obedience.  She did get tons of compliments outside the ring though.  One woman even pulled her car over to tell me so.
Since Maddie was showing, I made sure she got a bath everyday... NOT!  We headed to the ponds instead.  Maddie had a blast playing with her border collie friend, Teg.  Each time she had to earn the play session.  She had to focus on me, do a few simple tasks, and accept my rewards (tug toy or treats).  It took some work, but I would eventually win and she would get her playtime reward.






Teg is one of my favorite playmates for Maddie.  Most of the time they play really well together especially when Maddie offers to be chased.... although I think Teg gets tired of Maddie stealing the toy away.







11 comments:

What Remains Now said...

Love the pictures of Maddie playing. Just looking at the enthusiasm in her body is uplifting.

Anonymous said...

Could you please do a post on how you trained her to stack and stay still or the judge to go over her at this age, as she looks like she's behaving just perfectly! I appreciate that that is very simple training to you but would be really helpful to a lot of us i bet! please :)

jcp said...

I'm sure it is difficult to have a dog that excels in both as they seem to have uncomplimentary standards. It is still great experience though. I do think I like the concept of participating in skill based competition rather than breeding based competition. Breeding matters in both to some of course but at least in skill based stuff you can work to improve it. Perhaps that is just my perception of things though.

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Anonymous, I'll have to give that some thought as I'm not sure what my step by step was. I think I just taught her to stand stay with no stacking. When she was good at that, I started messing with her front feet placement, and had her stay. Then started on back feet. Didn't go for a full hind leg reach. Just moved them back a little at first. We haven't won anything yet so I'm not sure I'm all that good at it yet. :-)

Greyhounds Aren't Grey said...

I would suspect most of us also think Maddie is just stunning. The other bitch must be something incredible if she had it over Maddie!

houndstooth said...

Wow! I love how muscular Maddie looks in those playing pictures. That other dog must have been quite a stunner. I think Maddie is gorgeous!

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Or the judge doesn't know a good greyhound when she sees one! :-P LOL

Apex Agility Greyhounds said...

Awesome! Glad you're still having fun with conformation. I was wanting to do one about this time but Kili's shaved spots have not grown back in at all yet. Hopefully she will be looking good for her show in June. There is also Rally-O at that show which I am contemplating entering her in. We shall see! Maddie is beautiful. Regardless of what the judge thinks. Maybe s/he was blind! ;)

Team Zero Gravity said...

I think Maddie is gorgeous. Hard to believe she hasn't won in the conformation ring yet. Hopefully soon.

Hazel said...

Maddie is so shiny and beautiful. Do you ever have dry skin flakes on her coat? What is the skin secret?

Great pictures in the pond with Teg.

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Yes, Hazel. She gets the dander and flakes. I try to baby wipe them off. I would like to find a good conditioner to take care of it.