At the Stumptown show today, Carlin hopped, jumped, paced, ran, and for about 4 seconds, actually gaited around the conformation ring.
Yes, at 4 months and 3 weeks, he’s too young to officially compete for points in conformation, but the Portland Kennel Club put together a Beginner Puppy event for puppiea 4-6 months old, and I entered Carlin in that.
Being the only IWS to enter, he took Best of Breed by default and so then went into the beginner puppy group ring for sporting breeds under the same judge.
Where he also ran, hopped, jumped, paced, and occasionally gaited well enough that the judge gave him a 4th place in the sporting group.
The best part was that be enjoyed himself. His tail wagged constantly (except when the judge went to feel his balls — and at that he whipped around faster than the speed of light to see what the heck she was doing back there), and he seemed happy to be there and see what all was going on.
He greeted people politely, invited a few of the other puppies to play, navigated the hubbub with aplomb, was happy to work on “Leave It”, “Stand”, and “High 5″. And he only barked once and remembered to potty only outside.