I thought (as we have so many experts in this field) we could start a thread giving each other hints on how to do it properly. Searching through old photos, I found this one of my son. So I would like to share this hint...make certain the handlers arms are long enough.
Yes my daughter tried to show some of my dogs when she was about 6 years old in Junior handling and she could not reach both ends of the dog! she is now grown up and has given up showing a long time ago...she prefers to take them for their runs! In the U.K. showing now has been taken to extremes with some judges dismissing dogs which are not standing like statues! I must say a very skilled handler will be able to hide quite a few faults and I prefer to judge a dog on the move!
I always admire dogs behavior at the US shows (when I'm watching videos ;)). They are really happy and enjoy the show, wag the tail...
In Poland and in other European countries some of dogs are a little stressed. At the show are lots of people, other dogs, a noise. Dogs don't feel good in that circumstances. They are frightened and sometimes look worse than at home or on the field.
Before I enter the ring I try to make the dog happy and excited. I really prefer show dogs when they are too excited than they are frightened.
Immobilization is spot-on when it comes to describe my sons handling effort...25 years ago :-)
Unfortunatly unless your dog is perfectly built, you will instantly loose points (compared to your competitors) if you free-stand a dog in the ring while all the others are held.
Picture is adorable!!! I rather see a child holding his setter how he knows,and setter is leting him to do anything he wants with him, than any other great looking irish in his pose with a handler in his suit:)