Friday, July 15, 2016

Analyzing AKC Dog Show Results and Strategy

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

A well known handler with helper minions has stuffed the entry and has ALL of the dogs present.  Somebody from Team "Robbie" is robbing not only BOB but ALL of the wins.  It's not quite as impressive looking at it that way, is it?  Not exactly a fair competition? It rather defeats the concept of sportsmanship. Occasionally, a brave judge will withhold when the same handler has every dog entered. However; this doesn't happen very often ~ or as often as it should.


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*

Major Alert

Lastly, if Team Robbie never even acknowledges you and one day goes out of their way to be exceptionally nice when there is a major--you know that you've been set up.  You're going to take the fall that day with the third place ribbon in class--even though your dog is sound, moves like the wind, shows like a dream, and has a fantastic win record.  Team Robbie is on every dog in every class that day and wins every class too.  Keep the name of that judge too and put him on your DNS (Do Not Show) list.

Strategy: Next time, be smarter and take appropriate action.

Owner Handling?

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."
Joe Paterno

Angelsun ~ Continuing the Tradition of Excellence

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