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does anyone have any tips ?

Enzo is difficult to get trotting right in the ring he wants to run. We need a new show collar and not sure which one to get. Our problem is keeping the chain high on the neck.

We will take him to this UKC show on sunday just for kicks lol I am meeting my friend there because he wants to show me his new amstaff puppy that he will soon be showing AKC.

He gets the standing part right. Now when we say stand ( i will see if I get it on tape lol) he walks to us and puts his face in our hand and positions him self lol.
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The last show he was trying to run and my sister could not correct him probably. The judge ( Amateur class) also told her to not sue the bait and let his leash loose so we are all confused on what to do ....
He meant to not bait while she was moving the dog, right? Just watching the video I fond it a little distacting that she was using the bait while moving Enzo. IMO bait is best used while stacking, but while moving them out it's better to just get them trotting (maybe with a quick sniff of bait before you get started to rev them up). I also think the lines look better if the dog is looking forward more than looking at the handler.
 

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This is what I meant how would you stop him from looking at you while gaiting ?

I will have to watch the video at home , work computer does not allow you tube lol
I definitely think not having the bait being so prominent would help. I think part of the reason he's looking towards you/ your sister is he's anticipating getting something yummy soon. He needs to learn that he won't get anything yummy until after he's completed his movement performance.

I thought this video did a nice job of showing the difference in the ring between a poodle with its head up and straight forward and a poodle looking around. Skip to the one minute mark and watch the 2 white poodles.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMHAlX19XUM

Here's another one of the 2008 non sporting group at Westminster. The dogs are looking straight ahead with slight movement from side to side while moving round the ring, then the bait comes into play for the free stack (? don't know what it's called) at the end when you do want them looking intently at you. The poodle wins here. :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3Vo9Faamms
 

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This is what is happening with Taffy at 8 months old and she is training to be in the ring next month. She looks up at me often as if to say "Am I doing this right?" Is this going to be a problem? Or do they give some consideration to the fact that they are puppies?
I would definitely say judges make allowances for the fact that they're pups. :) Our first show PWD used to get confused all the time when she was first in the ring and sit when she should have been stacking! At the end of the day, the judge should be judging the quality of the dog rather than how they're handled. But whatever you can do to improve their impression of the dog can only help. But still, noone will expect your pups to be up to the standard of seasoned show competitors. I've seen puppies doing all sorts of funny things in the ring.

How exciting, all these conformation competitors on the boards! Hope they all do well.
 

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Fabulous! But realize that the two white dogs and the black puppy in that video are all Specials quality Poodles with tremendous movement, attitude and carriage. That is breeding as much as it is training or handling.

I don't think anyone on this board get to that same place even with all the training in the world :)
Oh yes, I know. But hey always good to aspire to the top right?!? :) I think the video shows even within top specials the difference in how they look moving around the ring between a dog that's focused forward and one that's looking around all over the place.

My mom and I went to Crufts a few years ago. We didn't see the poodles (which look incredible in the video - apparently over 150 show there!) but we did see the Portuguese Water Dogs. They were really disappointing and nowhere near the quality we have in North America. I think the breed is less developed there...
 
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