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Tips To Prepare Your Dog Ready For A Dog Show

Dec 21, 2007
Dogs shows are a chance to earn championship points for breeding status, display your dog's obedience training, engage your dog and compete against other purebreds. If your dog is a registered purebred, but it's your first time entering the competitive world of conformation dog shows, it can be an intimidating experience.

Keep reading for five great tips on how to get both you and your dog prepared for the big show day.

1. Know What to Expect

Prepare yourself by knowing what to expect. Start your studying by reading all the literature that the dog show sends you. If they have a web site, spend a quiet evening reading through it and familiarizing yourself with the details. If you're still nervous, try renting a DVD of a major dog show or first attending a local dog show just to watch so that you can get an idea of the activities that take place.

2. Visit the Veterinarian

Make sure your dog has all necessary vaccinations and bring these health records with you to the competition. This is not only an entry requirement, but it will also protect your dog against the spread of disease.

Of course, a regular check-up with a qualified veterinarian is always a good idea.

3. Practice, Practice, Practice

Practicing for the big show is important for both you and your pet. Remember, you will be in the show ring and spotlight too. So, both of you need to be ready. If you're just starting out, consider hiring a professional to teach both of you the ropes - including the proper way to hold the leash, how to run with the dog in the ring, and critical dog show etiquette. You can also obtain related books and videos from your local library or breed association.

Practice every day by running, stopping and heeling with your dog. Also practice inspecting and handling your dog so that it will be comfortable and relaxed when the judge attempts to do the same. Keep in mind, a well-behaved dog is essential for a championship win.

4. Understand Your Animal

Before you start, you'll need to have a thorough knowledge of your dog's breed, including the American Kennel Club breed requirements. Most dog shows are conformation shows, meaning they are judging a dog on how well it conforms to its breed's standards. So, if one leg is just an inch too long or the color of the tail is off, it can mean disqualification for you and your dog.

5. Ask Your Peers for Advice

If you find yourself really overwhelmed at your first pet show, don't be afraid to ask for advice. Purebred dog owners can be protective, but most are genuinely nice people who are ready and willing to help a new competitor.

Another great way to learn about showing and also make friends is to get involved with your breed association and stay on top of American Kennel Club news and happenings. Often your breeder can put you in touch with your local organization.
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