Video: How To Prepare A Dog For A Show?
A dog show is a beauty contest. And in order to win prizes, participants must not only look good, but also be able to do many other things, which is a whole science, which requires a lot of effort, time and patience to comprehend.
Previously, we did not attach much importance to the dog's ability to keep well in the ring, and its assessment practically did not depend on this. There were even attacks by experts. However, times are changing, and the requirements for the level of exhibitions have increased significantly. Naturally, the quality of the animal's preparation was not left without attention. Despite the fact that experienced handlers have their own, only they know techniques, everyone should learn the main points of exhibition preparation.
When starting work in this direction, it is very important to pay attention to both technical and psychological aspects of training. It happens that a young dog, perfectly fulfilling all commands at home, gets lost in unfamiliar surroundings and becomes poorly controlled. To avoid this, it is necessary to psychologically prepare the animal for such changes.
The first thing you will need is to accustom your puppy to the company of adult, well-bred dogs. This will have a favorable effect on its further development. As the puppy grows older, going outside with him, try to change your usual walking routes as often as possible, sometimes (of course, the dog must be on a leash) when visiting crowded places. Of course, this must be done gradually, without making drastic changes in the usual way of life of the animal.
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Another equally important point is the ability to properly prepare the dog for the ring.… Starting at about two months of age, it is time to teach the puppy to stand correctly - that is, on command to take a show stand. To do this, you need to put the baby on a flat surface every day (if your puppy is of a small breed, then on the table). Make sure that at the same time, his front legs are straight and parallel to each other, and the hind legs are spaced apart in a small step. It is very important that the baby stands straight, not hunching over, with his head held high. Of course, it is impossible to immediately achieve this effect, and overly intense training can easily discourage him from further participation in the exhibition. At such a tender age, the puppy gets tired very quickly, and therefore you should not try to put him in a rack for more than one or two seconds. Be persistent and patient with him. Do not under any circumstances try to scold or spank the baby,if something doesn't work out for him. And do not forget to be sure to compliment him, offering a treat for each exercise correctly performed.
As your pet understands what is required of him and learns the first lesson, gradually increase the training time. It is necessary to develop the stance of the puppy. By about nine months of age, he should be able to stand still for about a minute. For high-quality training of the rack, it is necessary to deal with the puppy not only at home, but also on the street, in the presence of various stimuli. More often ask your friends to play the role of an expert: examine the puppy, touch his back, chest, limbs, look at his teeth. Remember that the dog's bite is shown when the mouth is closed, only opening the lips.
From about 5-6 months of age, start teaching your dog the correct movement. Do not immediately force her to run next to you at a fast "trot". At first, it is only necessary to teach the animal to walk with a step to the left of you on a leash in a large circle counterclockwise, periodically stopping.
(When teaching the dog the correct movement, in no case use strict collars (even if the animal is large-breed). Accustomed to metal spikes, the dog will ignore an ordinary leather collar or stranglehold. At shows, the use of a strict collar is strictly prohibited. It is better to put on a show walker on the puppy. It can be a thin chain, leather or silk cord).