UKC Dog Sports Judge
Some no longer equate "trying your best" as the definition of success. A goal obtained by hard work and teamwork is no longer idealized. Instead reaching that goal through whatever means in the quickest way possible is accepted as “normal” by many. I guess now is the point at which I define bad sportsmanship. It is defined, in my mind, as an inability to play by the rules, be civil with others especially one's opponent, and altogether be a nice person in regards to the sport. I also find it utterly appalling when an instructor/coach/trainer teaches bad sportsmanship to their unsuspecting students.
I know the path I choose to walk is one of honoring other’s achievements and gaining knowledge from those that have a skill set I desire. The learning and hard work in mastering the teaching of a new command or talent to my dog is actually the best part of competition… for at a trial or show you simply exhibit what you have already achieved.