JESSICA KNOX, 15 YEARS OLD
DISTRICT/COUNTY WHERE YOU LIVE:Grimsby , N.E Lincolnshire
HOW DID YOU START OFF JUNIOR HANDLING?
I started showing about ten years ago now, after going to a ringcraft class. My auntie bought her first shiba inu from the breeder who ran it. As we got to know them they started training me at five years old. As time went on and I got better I started handling other peoples dogs and entering in breed classes but in September 2008 I decided to try something new and I entered a junior handling class at Cleethorpes and district open show and came 3rd
DO YOU TAKE PART IN ANY OTHER DOGGY ACTIVITIES (OBEDIENCE,AGILITY,FLYBALL,ETC)?
I take part in the good citizenship scheme.
HOW MANY DOGS DO YOU LIVE WITH,OWN AND/OR SHOW?
I Live with 9 dogs , 5 japanese shiba inu's , 2 akita's , 1 catalan sheepdog and our old staffordshire bull terrier cross.
WHICH ONES DO YOU USE FOR JUNIOR HANDLING AND WHY?
I use merlin the catalan because he has got a excellent temperament.
I also use Flash the spanish waterdog because he is so calm tempered.
WHAT BREEDS HAVE YOU SHOWN BEFORE IN COMPETITION?
I have shown many different breeds such as Akita's, spanish waterdogs, samoyed's, great danes, labradors,miniture poodles,catalan sheepdog's , curly coated retrivers, boxers and manchester terriers
TELL US ABOUT HOW TO HANDLE (SHOWING STYLE) YOUR BREED IN JUNIOR HANDLING CLASSES?
With shibas most people walk but I tend to jog as their gait is better. Shiba's are a table dog so I stack my shiba's on the table plus I mostly stack them on the floor but you can free-stand if you like. Catalan Sheepdog i stand them 4 square and then gait them at a fairly quick pace on a loose lead as the faster there gait the head lowers.
WHAT DO YOU NORMALLY WEAR IN COMPETITION?
I would normally wear a grey suite with a red blouse. or red trouser suite with black or white shirt.
WHAT ARE YOUR BEST ACHIEVEMENTS?
When i handled merlin at working and pastoral association of wales ch show in imp reg and got 1st in open , best dog and best import , i nearly cryed.
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST MEMORABLE OCCASION SO FAR?
When I went to Crufts for the 1st time.
IF YOU ONLY HAD ONE 'TOP TIP' TO SHARE, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Be confident or else the bad vibes will travel down the lead and your dog will not do its best.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT JUNIOR HANDLING?
You get to meet new people and building a great bond with your dog
WHAT DISAPPOINTS YOU IN THE WORLD OF JUNIOR HANDLING?
Juniors that spoil it by being argumentative because they didn't get the place they wanted and bad sportsmanship
IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANT TO BRING UP?
i offer my handling at most champshows and local open shows so if anyone is interested then my email is firstname.lastname@example.org
or would just like a chat about all things doggy .
Ps. to marina , would it be possible if you could remove the picture of me and the red shiba inu and replace it with me and the fawn catalan sheepdog (merlin) many thanks