QUESTION FOR ALL SHOWSIGHT READERS
What would you like to see more of at dog shows?
Thank you to everyone who offered opinions on this month’s topic.
The following is a selection of the responses. Want to voice your opinion to the fancy? Follow ShowSight’s Facebook page for the monthly question prompt!
Fewer professional handlers. —Anonymous
More Provisional judges. —Anonymous
Judges that actually judge the dogs and are not giving wins for favors. —Anonymous
I would like to see more reasonable and healthy food available at the shows. —Shan Howard
Vendors with unique items that could be used as major trophies. —Anonymous
Good sportsmanship. —Anonymous
Smiles and compliments! —Arlene Grimes
More vendors, Education, Breeder round tables and fun. —Lorrie Jergenson
Fewer professionals always winning. Too expensive and too discouraging. That’s why attendance is down.
Good sportsmanship for starters! Help and Encouragement for the novice. —Anonymous
More owner handlers. —Anonymous
Mentorship opportunities. —Anonymous
Veterans’ classes! They seem to have gone by the wayside in favor or puppy and owner/handler categories. And Veteran Groups…not just a token class appearance straight to BVIS where there’s only one placement. Why no Reserve BIS for Veterans? —Anonymous
Health clinics. —Anonymous
Reserved grooming and vendors. —Anonymous
Owner Handlers and Qualified Judges. The “sport” has become far too commercial. It’s become more about winning than about breeding better dogs.
—Anthea de Forest
See more of? Kindness and honesty! —Anonymous
More photos from the Breed rings! —Anonymous
I would like to see more performance events. I would also like to see more points with held for lack of quality.
I would like to see the Sporting Group divided into the Pointers and Retrievers. Two groups instead of one. The Sporting groups has over 30 breeds in it now and it continues to grow. What can we do to make this happen? Possibly even have two shows in one day at some of the smaller venues.