Chere Fuessel Tennessee Ridge, TN 4/11/2014 1:21:51 PM I don't believe I ever saw a dog at a show being "starved" - and I attended my first show back in 1959. if a dog truly hates showing, it will not do well and probably the show career will be brief. The majority probably feel "Oh well, OK, I will show if you really want me to." but then there are those gregarious souls who get out there and flaunt it. These are your big winners. Those that are lucky enough to belong to someone who can afford it will go on to "hit it big" and eventually retire to a life of (probably) reproductive luxury. The rest will retire to perhaps other doggy sport pursuits or simply life at home on the sofa.So- some dogs really dislike all the todo, but others really love the shows and will pitch a real hissy fit if you don't take them.In fact, unless you are a top handler, you are not likely to be making any money going to dog shows. Cash prizes are VERY RARE, and cash prizes that would even pay your expenses for a weekend of shows are almost mythical, with the exception of shows like the Eukanuba show. The VAST MAJORITY of goodbreeders are not making a profit on the puppies they produce. When you consider the cost of stud fees, possible cross-country travel to that stud dog, or the expenses of shipping semen, prenatal care, possible complications of whelping, then the raising and getting a litter to an age they should be placed (and it is NOT six weeks, folks!), they are LUCKY to break even.