Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers
Junior showmanship is an especially positive experience for youngsters. It's fun, and provides excellent social ,interpersonal, self confidence, and responsibility skill building for children.
My intent here is to educate the prospective puppy owner that a SHOW dog is a FAMILY PET first. My dogs are my beloved family pets…giving and getting lots of love, and sleeping in bed with us, but have been shown to their championship. Remaining open minded about the possibility of a show puppy, gives me wider flexibility in placing a puppy with you.
I show in conformation competition, where the dog is being judged as to how well it embodies the breed standard.
In every litter there are both pet and show quality pups. What makes a puppy a pet quality would, in all likelihood, be transparent to the buyer. I try to always place show potential pups in existing show homes or local homes that will work with me and let me show the dog. There is little difference between caring for a pet versus a show potential puppy.
My show pups sell for the same price as pets, and in terms of showing…When I show…I handle all the showing, show training, grooming for show, and the expenses associated with showing.
As with ANY dog, a show dog requires proper nutrition, conditioning, regular veterinary care, grooming and lots of love. I expect the owner to handle bathing and maintaining the coat in excellent “matt-free" condition. The only true difference for the owner is that a dog being shown CANNOT be neutered until it's completed it's championship.
A dog that is a fine representative of the breed, and true to the standard, can often complete it’s championship by the time it is 18 to 24 months old. Showing usually starts when the dog is 9 to 12 months old. It takes earning a total of 15 points (in a specific way) to become a champion.
Here in S. Florida there are times of the year when there is an abundance of shows…particularly in November and January. During the rest of the year, there is on average one weekend of shows every 6 weeks (that I compete in). So, the show commitment can be fairly short term and have minimal impact on the dog’s family time. An exceptionally lovely dog can be campaigned (continue showing) and bred. I work with the owner to handle any breedings.
Participating in, or just attending shows to watch your dog compete is an enjoyable family activity. If conformation showing is not your cup of tea, obedience and/or agility competition is a great way to enjoy the dog sport and provide some challenge and entertainment for you and your dog. Go to infodog.com for a listing of shows in your area.
Moonstruck Dancing Star having fun herding sheep
HELEN SHOWING "NUGGET"
(now GCH) GREENTREE GOLD CHARM AT
THE 2012 SCWTCA PUPPY SWEEPSTAKES
IN BLUE BELL, PA
CH Moonstruck Rhumba Rhythm OA OAJ CGC Our Agility Star competing in AKC Agility trials
Owned and trained by Nancy Griffin, Wheaten Lane
Therapy Work is another wonderful and positive experience for you and your dog. A dog must be certified to work with the sick, the elderly or with children. This special gift of love is a highly rewarding activity.
Here, Max, Moonstruck Once Upon A Time, owned and loved by Betty Jo Faulkner, visits with and entertains grade school children in a reading program, comforts a friend at a senior center, and visits with the staff at a hospital.
HELEN AND TREASURE WINNING 1 OF 2 BACK TO BACK 4 POINT MAJORS AT 6 MONTHS AGE
2013 EUKANUBA SHOW CIRCUIT
Consider a Show Puppy vs Pet
HELEN AND FLIRT, 2006 WINNING BOB UNDER ESTEEMED JUDGE AND LONG TIME WHEATEN BREEDER, SUE GOLDBERG