If you haven't been to a Group Practice before, it goes something like this: You enter your dog's class (for example, Open) as usual, but all dogs (and bitches) within your group and class (e.g., 9-12 month Toys) will compete at once. Since the classes range from 3-6 month Puppy to Open of any age, you'll first see the 3-6 month ring with (for example) all the little Shepherds leading the pack, huge puppy feet flying, and the little 3-month-old Corgi puppies toddling sweetly in the rear. Next, the 6-9-month-old puppies in the Herding Group get to do the same thing... up through the Open class. Spectators are welcome, and all dogs could use practice moving to applause. Come cheer the next generation of group winners!
Entries are $10 apiece, and you sign up the day of the match. Show up between 9 AM and 9:45. Judging will start at 10:15.
Here are the rest of the rules:
- Classes offered are: 3-6 month, 6-9 months, 9-12 months, 12-18 months, and Open.
- Dogs with one major are welcome to enter.
- All dogs must be current on their vaccinations (as recommended by their vets) and free of internal/external parasites and communicable diseases.
- No heavy grooming, no chalking, and no taped ears.
Crating space is limited, as is table space. The match will take place indoors on Finish Forward's wonderful cushioned flooring.
Food will be available in the morning and the afternoon, and there will be prizes and a 50-50 raffle.
FMI: Email Penny at firstname.lastname@example.org.