Okay, Brandi and I made it to our 2nd conformation class. This time there were other dogs, including 2 poodles, 2 boxers, a bulldog, and an Ibezan Hound. She did really well with the other dogs, so I don't have the dogzilla I thought I might. I've got a few questions...
1) Is there any kind of lead/collar you like to use on rambunctious pups, or is it all personal preference? I had some leftover leads from 20 years ago, when I took classes. I have a martingale style, but my instructor doesn't seem to care for those. I have a Resco Simplicity that I've been using during class, but the clasp seems to slip up on it, with my rambunctious 8 mo. 45lb pup. So I'm having nightmares of that little string lead breaking during a show or the clasp moving and her ducking out of it. I'm probably making her sound like a ball of fire, but she's just being a pup and leaning into the lead on the trot, trying to sniff the floor, getting squirrely playful sometimes, etc.
2) Do you use a word for them to stack? I hate to have too many command words, if I don't need them. I am a hunter primarily, and had thought about "Whoa" after the hand stack. But then I certainly don't want her thinking she needs to stack in the field, if I happen to whoa her on a point. Will she just associate the environment and task with stacking eventually, with no command necessary?