Thoughts While Being Absent
At first glance, any particular win can be made to look impressive. This is why it is very important to look up the actual results from the show online. It's also why we put the link with the results along with any win that we post.
The BOB (Best of Breed) by Default Win Brag
Now, this intially sounds impressive. However; when the result is looked up--the dog actually went BOB because it was the ONLY dog entered. NOBODY else was there. Few judges will withhold the ribbon. In this particular scenario; the dog went Best of Breed by default.
The BOB (Best of Breed) Stuffed Entry Brag
It's always interesting to read the comments under the brags on these types of wins on Facebook. I have to wonder if the people are too ignorant to look up the results? Are they truly that deluded? Or if they play the game the exact same way?
Maybe, these are some of the contributing factors as to why entries are down. Maybe people are tired of wasting their money when the odds are stacked 6-0 in favor of Team Robbie.
Using the Catalog and Results as a Strategy Tool
Before putting too much stock in that win brag, look up the results if you aren't actually at the show. See who is listed as "agent" and what wins. The catalog and results will give you a good snapshot of what happened at that particular show, although observing in person gives the best perspective. Sometimes, the same "agent" is on the winning dog/s although not listed in the catalog. This can happen because a competent owner-handler showed up with a quality dog, and someone made the last minute decision to put a pro on their dog.
Another thing to look at is the entire show circuit and the results. See if the same dogs are entered every day. When a dog out with a handler team is only entered one day out of a 4 day circuit; it is probably not a very good dog and is *supposed* to win that particular day. Think that through carefully and make the best strategic move if you are entered.
When Team Robbie has everything entered except for one day at a circuit; you just might have a great chance with that particular judge. Look at what that judge gives out in terms of wins. If they put up nice quality dogs; keep their name for future reference.
So, how do I look up Results?
Probably the easiest way to look up show results is via Google using the dog's registered name, the date and the location. Results are also available on these websites even though they aren't very user friendly.
To verify this result:
To see complete show record *must be Infodog Member*
Strategy: Next time, be smarter and take appropriate action.
Being an Owner Handler is challenging but not impossible. Watch, Research, Read, and LEARN from your mistakes. Team Robbie isn't invincible but you'll have your work cut out for you. Remember that you do this because you LOVE the dogs. They do it because it is their job. They are paid to do it and lose clients if they don't win.
Seeing a truly Owner-Handled dog with a consistent win is impressive. And by truly--I mean those that are 100% Owner Handled ALL the time--NOT those that are taken to the wins by Team Robbie and then handed back to the owner.
Disclaimer: Any resemblance to actual events is purely coincidental (yet very possibly happened at a dog show in galaxy not so far away).
Angelsun ~ Exclusively Owner Handled
"There are many people, particularly in sports, who think that success and excellence are the same thing. They are NOT the same thing. Excellence is something that is lasting and dependable and largely within a person's control. In contrast, success is perishable and is often outside our control. If you strive for excellence, you will probably be successful eventually. People who put excellence IN the first place have the patience to end up with success. An additional burden for the victim of the success mentality is that he is threatened by the success of others and he resents real excellence. In contrast, the person that is fascinated by quality is excited when he sees it in others."