Bentley showed today in his first dog show. I think he did really well and his first time handler did well, too! I wasn't nervous like I thought I would be, in fact it was rather fun. We had gone to the show yesterday and just walked around and observed the judges and watched everything that was going on. I took him in the grooming area but he was not happy there with all the noise and movement (plus two different people let their big dogs lunge at him and that scared him). But all in all he took everything well and was content to let people pet him and admire him. I can't begin to count how many people commented about his color and how beautiful he was. Also, so many people said that they either had a dachshund or had had one and wanted another one.
Thank goodness I had some one that was mentoring me or I would never have figured out what was going on. I'm a little clearer on how these shows work but still have a way to go. He was the only puppy in his class so he won (no competition makes it easy). Since he was the only dog in regular classes he also won Winners Dog. Then we went on to compete against two finished dogs (champions) and the female dog that was the female winner. Needless to say the fuzzy little puppy didn't make it! He did really well on the table but was pulling against me on the lead when we walked. Not sure why he did that since he practices perfectly. Also, I don't think I was really fast enough getting him stacked on the floor for the judge to look at. Plus, he is fuzzy and the champions are not!
Not sure where we are going from here, but I think we are off to a good start! Go Bentley Go!