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Video: Criteria For Evaluating The Work Of A Young Handler
By driving, the junior must show that he is familiar with the order of the competition in the ring.
When displaying his dog in a group, he must:
- lead his dog at a proper distance from others to avoid collisions;
- be at a sufficient distance from the dog himself so as not to interfere with the judge;
- keep the dog in line with competitors;
- when leading in a circle, keep a distance and do not allow the dog to catch up with the one in front (experienced participants try to hold the dog out of sight of the judge, while getting a little more space, and only then continue to lead the dog at the appropriate pace when it is again in the field of view of the judge).
Children's competition (Child and dog). Tbilisi. © Photo by SSKS professionals and amateurs of Georgia
When showing the dog individually, the junior must:
- lead his dog to the place provided for the examination (examination) of the dog's articles without additional commands (it is advisable to do this while the judge is busy examining the previous one, of course, without interrupting the examination and without interfering with him);
- decide in advance where the dog will be located - on the floor or on the table, for this you need to find out which of these types of display of this breed is most accepted;
- demonstrate their knowledge of the procedure for examining the articles of the dog, constantly monitoring it and not interfering with the judge in the examination. On request, it is necessary to demonstrate the dog's teeth so that the judge can determine the location and number of teeth (especially interfering if the junior shields the dog from the judge with his head);
- to master the "figures" that may be required to demonstrate the locomotor system, and know where and how to change the direction of running with your dog (= make a turn). With all figures, special attention must be paid to the fact that the junior must never be between the judge and the dog. He must always consider the position of the judge and decide on which side of his dog he should be. When evaluating the locomotive system from the front and from the back, it is necessary to pay attention to the fact that the dog moves strictly in a straight line from the judge and back to him, so that the judge does not change his starting position. Three different options for correct direction changes, three turns and six most frequently required figures, of which at least two are most likely to be chosen by the judge and executed by a junior, are graphically depicted and explained below. (I just need to mention here,that the dog is usually in the starting position, to the left of the handler. If, due to some circumstances, the judge has a desire for the figure to be done in the reverse order, then in this case the junior handler leads his dog (at least at the beginning) on the right side);
- after the end of each piece, you must place your dog far enough from the judge so that he can once again check the general appearance of the dog, without being forced to retreat or bend down.
Photo by Lada Ivanets
To be able to showcase his dog in the best possible way, a junior handler must be familiar with the breed standard and with the dog's anatomy. He should try to demonstrate his dog both in a standing position and in movement in such a way that the dog's faults are as less conspicuous as possible. Of course, he must have knowledge of the internationally accepted typical handling of the breed on display and the best running pace for his dog.
A good junior handler is completely focused on his dog, but at the same time sees what is happening around him. He constantly monitors his dog without overwhelming it. Ideally, a junior should use words of approval and praise to cheer up the dog, help it behave freely and cheerfully. Such good relations visible to all, harmony between the junior and the dog are one of the most important criteria when evaluating the work of a handler. A junior handler should never put his own merits to the fore; he should not show himself, but his dog in the best possible light. and in no case the owner and the dog should not be on their own.
It is important how the junior handler and his dog look together in the ring. The free end of the leash hanging next to the dog or lying on the floor is very disturbing. Depending on the situation, the leash should either be twisted in the junior's hand or hang around his neck (it is superfluous to mention that the leash should have a suitable color and not be conspicuous).
The dog must be well prepared for the show in accordance with the breed requirements.
The junior's clothing should match the color of the dog and make a beautiful contrast with it. It should be in perfect order, clean, comfortable, should not be conspicuous. Clothes that are too sloppy look just as out of place as those that are too elegant. We recommend shoes with sturdy, non-slip heels that (in the dog's best interest) should never knock or creak!
The junior and his dog should present a harmonious, eye-pleasing picture, the effect of which would be enhanced by the good mood of both.