Rules, Ethics and Honesty in the Dog Show World
RULES, ETHICS AND HONESTY IN THE DOG SHOW WORLD
Social media is an amazing thing. Sites like Facebook allow us to keep in touch with friends and family, to reconnect with old friends and to share what is going on in our own lives. This should be a positive thing, but there is also a dark side. Facebook, forums and other social media allows people vent publicly about things that bother them or that they are upset about and the dog show world is no exception. The comments made publicly were bad enough with the dog forums, but Facebook is a whole new territory with our Facebook pages making our feelings and opinions an open book for our friends, family, dog show competition and anyone we are “friends” with to see. Many times people are Facebook “friends” with people that they are venting about, so it’s sometimes more about saying what you want to say to someone without actually having to say it.
- Moving a finished dog up
- Not moving a finished dog up
- Showing after a dog may be finished
- Not showing after a dog may be finished
- Committee chairs having someone show their dogs at a show where they are chairing
- Committee chairs changing ownership of dogs so that they can be shown
- Making negative to others about dogs at ringside
- Commenting about others publicly on social media
- Breaking a major (even if for a very genuine reason)
- Showing under a judge that you know, or that owned a dog you bred to, or that you had put you up before, or that you had lunch with two years ago, etc, etc, etc.
- “Liking” pictures of dogs someone views as not a good dog
- The judging, basically, disagreeing with the judging sometimes to the point of publicly insulting a judge because their dog wasn’t put up
The just plain stupid category is one you have to just walk away from. Of course, not everyone can do that. We are human and sometimes people need to defend themselves, fire back or say something and sometimes, it’s reasonable and warranted, but, I propose that a lot of the time t’s not worth it. Sometimes it’s better (and healthier) to walk away and be the better person and not feed the negativity.
In the end, we each need to decide for ourselves where we stand and who we are in terms of our ethics and honesty in the show ring and out.