Well, I survived my first ever conformation show! We attended the Spokane Valley Sieger International show in Post Falls, ID. I had no other option than to handle Steve myself and luckily it went okay! I was able to attend a handful of conformation classes at the training facility where Steve had his puppy classes which provided some level of comfort!
Our very first judge, Pat Putnam was very very kind. I told her it was our first ever show and she was very specific with what she wanted to see and even showed me how to properly show his bite. Overall the judges were very complimentary of Steve.
There were two shows each day and he won best of breed jr puppy in all his shows (granted, he was the only one, but still!).
It was over 100 degrees all weekend and it got pretty miserable as the afternoon wore on. The first day his first show was at 8:30 am, we then left and returned around 1pm for his second show. After that we hung around until 4pm for group (best herding puppy). I think Steve was just so hot and worn out because he had a very difficult time concentrating after the first two minutes and was very wiggly. Needless to say, group class didn’t go well. I decided that we should end on a good note on Sunday and we didn’t even try for group. It was really just too hot!!
I will post more pictures soon, but I wanted to share the comments. And I didn’t have him stacked exactly right (it’s hard enough getting him to hold still at this point) so I think that explains the roachy comments.