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Thinking of Conformation
Dear Hobo - we are thinking of going into conformation (dog show) and can't decided if we want to show our beardie or have a professional handler do it.  What should we do?  OK, I made up that question.  You guys have to send in your requests.  Be sure to tell me it is for the advice column or I will just write back to you.  Not everyone wants their questions repeated on the big screen.  To complete the column - I and my human had a recent experience with this.  I was placed in a show with a handler.  Dad and my other humans stood by watching.  And guess what?  Dad thought that was the best way for me to show.  Everyone has their own preferences.  The cost of a handler is not all that high.  In my case, it was my first show and dad never went to conformation classes.  Sure, we did obedience, but this was totally different.  A good handler will give the dog confidence.  There is that feeling you know what you are doing.  Many people get their enjoyment out of being in the ring, showing their own dog.  Some can't understand why someone else should do the handling.  I say, follow your preference, then enjoy the experience.  I think the most enjoyment is just being with other people (or in my case with the dogs).