....from various sources. Thank you Baledwr, Katrin, Penni, Jenn, and Cat!
Stand more in front of him so he doesn't have to turn his head to look at you while in line.
In the very beginning, I would try to stand in front of Bug, not at heel position. He is looking up at you during the judge's first look, so the judge can't really see his head or expression at all. If it's a judge that puts a lot of importance on head/expression... well, there you go.
Lesson/tip: Don’t stay in heel position. Move in front of Bug while waiting in line.
On the table …. I would try to hold your bait hand down a little lower.
When Bug is on the table, I would try to get a little more control over his head. Pause the video at 1:21, THAT is the judge's second impression of your dog, and although his feet are in all the right places (c/t, good handler!), his head is tilted up and his ears are back. I would use my left hand to hold up his collar. If you're controlling his head a little bit more on the table, he'll also be less likely to move his feet on the table.
Also, it might help if you move in front of him as soon as the judge has examined his mouth so that he can look at the person he loves. ALWAYS smile at him. Our dogs read our expression and if we look stressed, they sure aren't going to look happy!
Lesson/tip: Hold bait lower, move in front of Bug once judge has examined his head/mouth, hold collar.
... just need to keep an eye on him and make sure he isn't schrunching up his back feet.
The one thing I saw to watch for is that when you free stack Bug he likes to pull his rear foot on the judge’s side out of place and put it forward, which screws up his top line and tail set.
It looked like his judge side rear foot was turned out a little.
Lesson/tip: Work on keeping his rear foot, judge side in the right place. Work on him being comfortable with me handling his hock to move said foot (right now he’ll sit if I touch his hock. Goober.)
With the freestack at the end of the down-and-back, again, his head is too far up.
Lesson/tip: Possibly kneel to bait him so he isn’t looking UP at me, or toss treat.
… on the first go around is that you could have given the illusion of moving out more...give the (slow) dog in front of you time to get going and room before you move so that you don’t have to hold your dog up when you catch up to him.
Do not move out directly on the heels of the person in front of you. Allow the first person to go, count to three, then start your dog.
Lesson/tip: Count to three, breathe and then move out.
I did not see you ever move Bug fast enough. You need to match your stride to his body length as he moves so that you do not distract from the dog.
Lesson/tip: Practice matching my stride to his body length.
Thank you all for the feedback. this is very helpful. I now have a list of things to work on!
6 days ago