Show handlers

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  1. midnightvelvet

    midnightvelvet PetForums Newbie

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    Hi Everyone,
    I have a Lhasa Apso puppy that I would like to show but unfortunately, I am unable to get on the floor with her to stack her and I'm having no luck in training her to self stack. She is also nervous of other dogs. I have already missed several show opportunities and have thought about getting a handler for her. Does anyone know where I would find a handler and roughly how much they would charge please??
     
  2. Freyja

    Freyja PetForums VIP

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    Professional handlers can be expensive another alternative would be a junior handler. Do you attend a ringcraft class if not see if there is one in your area they may have junior handlers there who would welcome the chance to handle for you. We don't have any juniors at our ringcraft at the moment but we do help each other out at shows when needed I often handle a friends pointers for her and if they are at the same show I sometimes handle a couple of dogue de bordeaux for someone else. I never charge them and they know if my dogs are in the ring then my dogs come first but I will help out if I can but in return I would ask them to help me if I need it even if it is just holding a dog outside the ring while I show another.
     
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  3. Meezey

    Meezey Slave to the Black & Tans and the Trundle Bugs.

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    Can her breeder not help out?
     
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    Sweety PetForums VIP

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    Do you need to get on the floor?

    She will be on the table for the judge to go over her. Have you tried using very tasty treats to get her to show herself when on the floor?

    I never used to get down to 'stack' my terriers, they showed themselves.
     
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    Dogloverlou PetForums VIP

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    Professional handlers will cost an arm & a leg, but you can usually find someone to help out either in your breed community, at ringcraft, or asking in specific FB groups which is how I met my dog's occasional handler.
     
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    MrRustyRead PetForums VIP

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    Id say a junior would be your best bet as a professional would cost you a fortune.
     
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  7. midnightvelvet

    midnightvelvet PetForums Newbie

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    Hi, sorry only just come back to this post :/
    I am asking around a few people including the sires owner - I am her breeder - but so far no luck. I have been trying to train her to stack on her own and at home, she's very good, but at shows there are other dogs and she likes to keep an eye on them rather than stack! I am starting to take her to doggy day care to socialise her to other dogs a bit more. xx
     
  8. Meezey

    Meezey Slave to the Black & Tans and the Trundle Bugs.

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    Do you go to ring craft with her? There are often a lot of young handlers at ring craft x