The recent weekend in Woodland, CA could be classified as a ”BAD day GOOD day” event.
Saturday, Riser could be described as a “bug on a hot griddle”! He was not a happy camper. He took the Breed and went to the Regular group with a Junior (Sydney) handling him. I hope she still wants to show dogs after that experience!! I had to take him in the Owner-handled group and I was wondering why!! He never calmed down.
I was reluctant to go back on Sunday. We showed at 0830 and it was cold and the grass was still wet. But, he must have decided to give up and just go with it. When the Judge approached him with a “Well, Hello Big Boy”, he just held his free stack like a PRO!
He took the Breed with a 4 point major toward his Grand Champion title and was qualified to go to Groups again. The Hound group wasn’t until after 6PM. We went home, rested, played, and returned around 530. He did nothing in the regular group, but managed to hold his free stack throughout the Owner-Handled Group and was placed 4th in the group.
I think the key to his performance is the old adage “a Tired dog is a Good Dog”
That worked for him. (and ME)