So, the Toy Dog Club Show is tomorrow. Am I nervous? Hell yeah. Just finished a training session with Lyra and I am STILL not happy with how she's free stacking! Arrghhh. I'm such a perfectionist that every little detail matters to me. It's becoming pretty apparent that she isn't the best built--she tries, but her structure just isn't amazing. It's decent, but certainly not great. Her top line is always "off" and she is always posting, despite my best efforts. I'm beginning to think that the posting is not a stacking problem, but an anatomical one. Very well built dogs will usually not post.
Really hoping that the weeks and weeks of training will at least give us some plus points in the ring. She has a great personality--always happy and always willing to go that extra mile just for a little treat! She walks GREAT on the lead--I don't ever have to pull up the lead at all. She is amazing at walking on a loose lead and following directions perfectly. She doesn't get distracted and concentrates 100% on me.
While free stacking, she is good at standing still, wagging her tail, and paying attention to me (or the treat that's in my hand), but she's still having trouble finding her footing and placing her feet four square.
As you can see, I am certainly not one of those people who suffer from the problem of thinking that their dogs are amazing and flawless! I think it's good to be realistic and see the shortcomings that your dog has so that you can work on it and perhaps try to improve on it in the future. Oh well, it's okay.. Lyra was meant to be a pet in the beginning anyway, it's just a plus point that it turns out that she's well-built enough to be shown. Maybe she'll improve as she grows older, but even if she doesn't, she's still my lovable cuddly little shadow.
Fingers crossed for the 2 shows tomorrow and the next 2 on Saturday and Sunday! There will be Papillons at the shows so I'm excited, obviously =D I am still really hoping that I'll be able to import a very nice show quality Papillon sometime in the future. Perhaps one that is great enough to win at the group or even show level! Wish us luck!
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