Winner of the DWAA Maxwell Award for 2013, Best Paperback Book
Enter the show ring fully informed
With the exception of those who are already involved in the world of dog shows, few people know much about showing dogs and what it takes to develop a champion. Even if you take the time to read a how-to-show your dog book, you will likely only learn half of what you really need to know. In Showing Kunga, author Alxe Noden tells the story of how she went from being a pet owner with no interest in showing dogs to what she describes as a dog show junkie. This is no sugar coated story, but rather is a revealing and often humorous exploration of showing dogs, warts and all, by an author with no axe to grind and with nothing to sell other than a very entertaining and educational story. You are guaranteed to fall in love with Kunga, her fun loving and lively blue Great Dane.
Learn all about:
Where you can go to find out if your purebred has the potential to be a show dog and get advice on learning show ring basics.
What you need to know and should expect from the breeder who sells you a purebred show dog.
What it's like to compete against professional handlers and the pros and cons of hiring one to show your dog.
Whether or not anyone really makes money showing or breeding dogs, or are they just in it for the prestige and bragging rights.
How to discover any biases or preferences on the part of judges that might impact how they will evaluate your dog.
What experts are saying about Showing Kunga:
Showing Kunga by Alxe Noden is a book that needs to be read by those in the dog show fancy, pet owners, and those interested in possibly showing their first dog. Alxe only intended to purchase a pet Great Dane that was healthy and had a good temperament. Buy this book and relive some of the challenges you have had and remember your mentorsand then return to the sport your support of the newcomer. It is about mentoring. Read about Kunga and Alxe and their journey from pet owner to dog show junkie and enjoy.
Ed Gilbert, AKC judge and author of K-9 Structure and Terminology
At last! A completely honest and exposed view into the exhilarating, crazy, and often baffling world of conformation dog showing. As a newcomer to the sport, Alxe learns (often the hard way) about the competitiveness, the etiquette, and the unwritten rules of the ring, and shares her experiences and faux pas so that her readers may have a leg up on her competition. With seemingly no subject off-limits the reader follows Alxe on her journey from a novice pet owner to championed show handler. Conformation showing motivates us to train and gives us an activity to do with our dog. However in the end, a ribbon is worth 39-cents, but the shared experiences with our dogs are priceless.
Kyra Sundance, World-renowned trainer, bestselling author of 6 books including 101 Dog Tricks and host of an award winning DVD series.
Alxe Noden is a writer, photographer, and filmmaker and is chief dog feeder and janitor at home. She lives in Boulder, Colorado, with her husband and her dogs.