Let's Put This To Bed
It's an old discussion that has been going on for as long as I can remember and I don't understand why it won’t die. Allowing/teaching your dog to sit will not ruin his show stack. The whole "sit" vs "stack" thing is a red herring. It's just not an issue, and I'm going to show you why.
We show all of our dogs in conformation, agility and rally at the same time with excellent results in all three venues. What it boils down to is this. There are two ways to prepare a dog for the show ring:
The Puppy Culture program is all about teaching puppies Emotional Resilience and Enrichment Seeking - things that you might think of as “scary” just fuel the enthusiasm of Puppy Culture puppies.
Case in point: when a major storm blew through the fairgrounds last weekend while our Rosie (Ch. Madcap Victory Garden) was showing in group, I have to admit I was worried she would have a come apart. Rosie can be sensitive, and this was pretty extreme. Frankly, I was close to having a come apart, myself - I didn’t feel much like an enrichment seeker at that point and would much preferred a dryer place with less stuff blowing around.
To our amazement and delight, the storm just got Rosie’s blood flowing. She showed better than ever, and even gave us a major “Hurricane Hucklebutt” to celebrate her win! It was a hugely emotional moment for all of us - all of “Rosie’s People” who have been there with her and for her from birth were there, and I can easily say it was one of the most spontaneously joyful moments of our lives. God bless my husband for taking this video in the middle of that horrible storm - it was a great moment that we will treasure forever :o).
Thanks to Peggy Beisel McIlweine for the Group 2, Thanks to Gayle Denman for the BOV that sent Rosie to Group, thanks to Victoria Corse for loving her since she was born and piloting her to her wins, and, more than anything else, thanks to Ed, Ellen, and Erin Griffin for being the best home and co-owners in the world!
Puppy Culture ROCKS!
Rosie has her own Facebook page so you can continue to follow her story and see how spoiled...I mean, loved she is. She gets a marshmallow every night and a piece of toast cut into exactly nine squares each morning and she deserves every bit of it.
Jane Messineo Lindquist (Killion) is the director of "Puppy Culture: The Powerful First Twelve Weeks That Can Shape Your Puppies' Future" as well as the author of "When Pigs Fly: Training Success With Impossible Dogs."