I am so excited. Jazzy is doing really well in his conformation class and the trainer is AWEsome. If anyone needs or wants a conformation class in Eastern Los Angeles County/Western San Bernardino County pm me. I highly recommend her. She is no nonsense and full of excellent advice. She is a professional handler and breeder plus she owns a standard poodle and understands their personalities.
The homework she has given us to get Jazz through his stranger danger issues is REALLY WORKING! Last night in class his tail was up the entire time and he looked alert, happy and energetic. He approached the other people in the class. One time, though, he was all stacked up and the lady behind us had a squeeky toy hanging out of her pocket. He broke his stance and stole it right out of her pocket and started squeeky squeeky squeeky and throwing it around. He can't do that in a real show.
But, everyone laughed at him and class stopped to watch the silly poodle while I wrestled the squeeky toy away. The instructor said I should bring a small squeeky for him to the next class, but he goes mad for them and I am not sure I can control him well with a squeeky around.
This is the third class and she said he was going to be absolutely fine in a few more weeks and that he was a different dog. My homework is now to take him into an actual show, not entered, and stay for several hours. I am to continue with the homework of having strangers approach him a certain way. She said that at a dog show I should find many dog friendly people.
The only issue we had last week was one lady who raised her arms while staring at him and talking in a high pitched voice while approaching him. He backed up, hid behind my legs like, "What the heck- she is going to maul me," (and he was probably right). A judge won't approach like that.
He is not ready for a real show yet, but I think in a couple months he just might be able to handle it! We'll see.
I have never bothered with a conformation class with any other dog. It was kind of a last ditch trial to see if Jazz had it in him to show. Last night his personality shined. When we were driving home we exclaimed, "He might be able to do this!"
Mr. Jazzman, the doofus/goofball