Ann: You have no idea how tickled I was to read your response here. I have been like a kid waiting on Christmas morning while I waited on someone in the dog show world to weigh in on the subject. Let me say from the outset that your response was totally different from what I expected to see. What I truly expected was for a dog show person to tow the line and defend the practices that are commonly "excepted" throughout the industry of dog shows. Instead, your response was as honest and straight forward as anyone could ask for. When I initially came to SN, conformation was on my radar of the types of things that I might eventually participate in. It didn't take long for me to rule out conformation as a viable option just by reading the input of members here. My problem is that I am a "Rules vs. Practice" type of guy. I don't care what the rules are, I expect what folks are allowed to do, and what the officials allow to occur, match up. Obviously, if "everybody does it" (or at least a lot of people do it), then the officials have to know it. If they know it, they should change the rules to allow it or disqualify those that defy the rules. Ann, thank you for that answer. I find honest evaluations of what is/isn't involved not only helpful, but also commendable. For the record, I don't really take issue with chalking or not chalking (or any of the other things that owners do). My only issue is a clear set of rules should be followed by all.