What's it like to show your dogs?

Posted by Theresa Goiffon on Tuesday, November 17, 2009 Under: Helpful Tips

How'd you get started in showing dogs? What's it like to show dogs? I get asked these questions many times so let me tell you...

Our girls started showing our Aussies in 2007. We decided we have to start somewhere, so we jumped right into the ring (pretty much literally) and began showing our Aussies.  

Our first show was in St. Cloud MN, we didn't have any idea what we were doing. The girls wore tee-shirts with their dogs name on them and wore jeans (that's NOT how it's done :^). We thought, how hard can it be to walk your dog around in a circle, right? Wrong! We didn't have any instruction on how to show the dog and were completely unprepared!  We didn't know what ribbon meant what, but getting a blue one is a good thing :^)  A sweet steward at this show, suggested we look into conformation training.  I didn't understand what she was talking about.  Confirmation training, that's what we do for church!  Not "CONFIRMATION"..."CONFORMATION" training.  Like I said, I didn't have a clue :^)

Now after professional dog training and handling for several months, the girls and their dogs have come a LONG way since that first show, but we are still all learning.

In 2010, our girls ranked 1st and 2nd Junior Handlers, showing Australian Terriers in the USA. We're so proud of them and their dogs!

Ellie our 11 year old was also invited as a top Junior Handler to attend the AKC Eukanuba televised dog show in December 2010, held in California.

Our girls show in both Conformation and Open Juniors. Both classes offer different and interesting experiences. Juniors is a great place for kids, as it teaches them disapline, patience and wholesome fun competition!  Conformation is fun to see how our dogs compare to their standard against others within their own breed.  We are pleased to say, they have done quite well!  This has been a wonderful family activity that our family enjoys.  We make out of town dog shows mini family vacations where our dogs come too!

We participate in several dog shows a year.  Dog shows for us is a fun family activity.  Finishing our dogs to their Championship, at our own pace with our daughters on the lead, is so rewarding.

One of our goals is to be a resource for people interested in Aussies.  We wish we had someone to give us honest advice and help when we started this journey of showing dogs. We encourage other Junior Handlers and their families and offer positive support to anyone interested in showing or simply owning a companion Australian Terrier. Assisting others get off to a great start with their Aussie is so important and it's also what is best for the betterment of the breed. Not to mention to save you the embarrassment :^)

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Theresa Greetings from Northwestern Wisconsin! I am a wife, mother, breeder and author. I home school 1 of our daughters the others are now on there own. I also work with helping small businesses with their website needs. Previously, I had a 25 year banking career. Retired several years ago, as a Vice President of Commercial Banking and Business Development Director for a financial institution. I have owned and raised dogs and cats for over 40 years. In 2007, we started to show and raise Australian Terriers. We have 6 Australian Terriers and 2 Australian Shepherds. Breeder of Multiple Best in Show Aussies. We own and have bred some of the top Australian Terriers in the USA. We have bred and co-own the 16th and 17th Best in Show Australian Terrier in America he held the #1 in All-Breed in the USA in both 2013 and 2014. We have bred/own/handle the 2015 #1 Australian Terrier in the USA Jake who also won his first Best in Show with my 15 year old daughter Ellie handling him. Jake is only the 2nd "red" Australian Terrier to ever win a BIS. Breeder of 2 Australian Terriers to Win Best of Breed Westminster 2014 and 2015. We have Championed many Aussies and we have Champions in training, that being said, our dogs are first and foremost our companions. I take my role as a breeder very seriously. I support health testing and temperament testing as well as evaluating proper conformation prior to breeding. We believe in breeding for quality not quantity. We do not ship our puppies. Regardless of whether your puppy comes from us or not I hope you find our site a helpful resource. If you have questions about our program or about the Aussie Terrier, please e-mail me theresaagoiffon@msn.com or give me a call@ 715-689-2675. Thanks for visiting us! Blessings, Theresa