Owner/exhibitor enters mediocre entries enough for his dog to win a major, sometimes called “padding”.

Owner/exhibitor of Winners Dog, during the Best of Winners Competition, pulls out the perfectly healthy Winners Dog and decides to enter the Reserve Winners Dog that he also owns, that needs the points to become champion. All to the amazement of the assembly steward, ring steward and judge.

The owner/exhibitor/club officer who invites a judge, picks up the judge, entertains the judge, runs the show, and lo and behold wins Best in Show.

The judge of a multi show brings a dog to enter. Justifying his actions because he claims that the dog will not be entered under him.

Officer of club, while at the exhibitors area or the assembly area, carries his dog, number band on his arm, trying to catch the eye of the judge.

Owner/exhibitor socializes with judges in the VIP room.

Heckling, trash and smack talk, flipping the finger against foreign handlers.

Walking around the show in your inner shirt and flip flops because someone complained that a guy in your crew was wearing rubber shoes.

Shoulder checking another owner/exhibitor around the ring.

The handler that covers the other dog when stacking.

Crowding the entry ahead of you when gaiting.

So what do you call all this? Gamesmanship? Naah! The phrase is “DOG SHOW BULLYING”, coined by a favorite writer of mine-Susi Szeremy. Susi has been a favorite even before the age of the internet. She always does excellent research for her articles. Here is the link to her blog and to an excellent article that has been published in so many fora.

http://dogknobit.com/2013/05/22/are-there-dog-show-bullies/

Here is a link on ethics and sports.

http://www.scu.edu/ethics/publications/submitted/sports-ethics.html

Let me end his with a prayer/poem excerpt by Berton Braley. This is a prayer taught to us in the Ateneo as early as Grade School. They say it was a favorite of Knute Rockne when he coached the Fighting Irish Notre Dame. Though Susi says these bullies need therapy more than a prayer.

“PRAYER OF A SPORTSMAN”

Dear Lord, in the battle that goes on through life
I ask but a field that is fair,
A chance that is equal with all in the strife,
A courage to strive and to dare;

And if I should win, let it be by the code
With my faith and my honor held high;
And if I should lose, let me stand by the road,
And cheer as the winners go by.

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