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Junior Showmanship & Handling

Updated: Nov 13, 2020

At the AKC site you will find a lot of interesting an useful information on doing AKC junior handling.  They also offer scholarship, a newsletter you can subscribe to.  Juniors are important to the future of the sport of dogs and responsible dog ownership, and the more they learn, the more valuable they become. The values, attitudes and responsibility learned through Junior Showmanship will serve youngsters well throughout their lives. By putting time and effort into learning about their dog and how to present it, juniors are rewarded with a win.

The ASSA site has an excellent Junior Handler site full of all kinds of information.  The ASSA also offers scholarships for juniors planning on attending college.

If you are interested in showing dogs in conformation, please go to shows and introduce yourself to breeders and handlers, AFTER they are done showing. Often before entering the ring, handlers are stressed and too busy to really chat. Catching them after the show, congratulating them, they are more relaxed and able to help direct you. This is an excellent opportunity of anyone that would like to become a handler.  You will learn what actually goes on behind the scenes and the work that must be done to present the dogs at shows. Handling is a lot more than just showing up at a show and presenting your dog. 

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