Leo U wishes to thank Molly Robitaille for the material in this course.
The future of the breed and the LCA rests in the hands of our youngest fanciers, and through this program we hope to foster within the LCA’s Juniors the following concepts:
- The responsibility, commitment and respect that is inherent in working with and caring for Leonbergers.
- A unique knowledge base about the history, care and training of the Leonberger breed.
- Appropriate, respectful and humane methods of handling and communicating with dogs.
- An understanding of the terms and concepts used in Junior Showmanship as well as a variety of performance events.
- The importance of exhibiting good sportsmanship at all times, and presenting ones self and dog as good ambassadors of the LCA and the breed.
- The personal satisfaction and pride that comes with hard work achieving goals.
The AKC offers handlers 9 to 18 years of age the opportunity to compete with others their own age at various AKC events. Juniors competing in conformation events are judged on how they present their dogs.
Tips for the first time exhibitor
- Make sure your dog is registered with the AKC.
- Be sure your dog is current on all inoculations.
- Learn the proper techniques for grooming and for presenting your dog in the ring.
- Join your breed's Parent Club, or a Local Specialty and/or All-Breed club in your area.
- Become familiar with the AKC rules and regulations for dog shows.
- Attend some dog shows to observe your breed being judged and how others present your breed. Get a Judging Program at the show to find out ring number and judging time.
- Use the knowledge of your breeder.
- Don't be afraid to ask questions.
- Attend handling classes with your dog.