Dog Show Info

I've wanted to show dogs since I was nine years old. Life got in the way, but 35 years later I finally brought home my first AKC puppy. I was excited. And clueless on what to do next. As a blogger I naturally looked to the internet. I looked and looked for a "Dog Showing for Newbies" blog and couldn't find a thing. So . . . I'm writing one myself. I'll share books I've read, mistakes I've made, too many anxieties, too few ribbons, and various lessons learned along the way. I am by no means an expert, but if my trials and tribulations make it easier for the next newbie, then it's all worth it.

The A to Z of Dog Shows

In April of 2015 I took the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. For the entire month I shared everything I knew about dog shows -- in alphabetical order! Below are those 26 posts.
Other Blog Posts
  • Dog Show 101 -- A basic overview.
  • Putting on a Show, Part 1 -- The Show Secretary, Show Chairman and some basic terminology.
  • Putting on a Show, Part 2 -- What goes on behind the scenes. It's more than you think.
  • Calculating Points -- Short answer: a dog needs 15 points to make Champion. Long answer: calculating the points can be confusing. I try to explain it in plain English.
  • Advice From Veteran Fanciers -- Showing ain't cheap! But I've collected some tips to help keep the cost down.
  • What's in the Box? -- A dear friend shared what she keeps in her tack box.
  • CHIC Jedi -- What is the OFA Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) database? And why should you know before buying your next puppy?