Dog Show Training Tips and Techniques for Beginners APRIL 18, 2014 BY BRIGITTA SCHWULST
Dogs are often more than just pets. They are family, they are our best friend and they can be a phenomenal source of pride for their owners. Preparing your dog for dog show training can be very rewarding for both you and your dog. Clicker training, for example, is a great way to train your dog through positive reinforcement. If you intend to show your dog then you need to start training your dog as a puppy. you understand how to train your dog. It will teach you about clicker training and how to use a treat pouch to teach and train your dog.
Keys to Successful Dog Show Training There are a number of do’s and don’ts where it comes to dog shows and dog show training. Here are some of the key success factors: 1. Select the right breed 2. Dog show do’s and don’ts
Select the Right Breed One of the top keys to success is choosing the right breed for you. You need to form a strong bond of love if you expect your dog to perform at its peak and to love the performance. To form the bond, you need to select the right kind of dog for you.
Dog Show Do’s and Don’ts Here are some tips that will keep you out of the judge’s bad books at a dog show, if you are new to dog shows: 1. Always leave the grounds tidy and make sure you clean up after yourself and your dog. 2. Make sure your dog is ready for the show. Any aggression is deeply frowned upon by the organizers, judges and other competitors. 3. It’s important to remember that your dog may be the cutest, best dog in the world but this is a competition and judges may not agree. It’s important to be a good sportsman. 4. Don’t distract other dogs or owners during the competition and never distract or interfere with other dogs at the competition. 5. Always keep control of your dog. Keep it on a leash where appropriate and make sure when it is off leash, that it is still under your control. 6. Never question or criticize the judge. Try to take comments as a way to improve for the next show.
Dog Show Techniques There are a number of dog show techniques that you and your dog have to learn to take part in a dog show. These techniques include: · Gaiting · Stacking · Judging
Gaiting As a Dog Show Technique Teaching your dog to walk with you may sound ridiculous. After all, most dog owners take their dogs out for walks every day, so what is there to teach? But walking at a dog show and taking your dog out for exercise is completely different. For you dog to shine at the dog show, you need to ensure: · The dog maintains a certain speed · The dog maintains a certain distance from your body · The dog does not pull on the leash · The dog does not lag behind · His head is maintained at the correct position for his breed · His tail is wagging · And he looks like he’s having the time of his life You can use various training techniques to train a dog to walk with you, at the right speed and distance, ensuring that your dog meets all the requirements, but irrespective of the technique you choose, you should remember that it takes time. Be patient and slowly work on each requirement until you have the perfect show dog gait.
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Stacking Stacking is the technique of showing your dog in a standing position. The position is determined by the dog’s breed. Different breeds have different stacking positions so you need to find out what the correct stacking position is for your dog before you begin training. There are also two forms of stacking used at dog shows: hand stacking and free stacking. You should train your dog to perform both, if possible. Free stacking is where a dog finds its stacking position on its own. Where an owner helps the dog by touching the dog or moving the dog into the correct position, is called hand stacking. Many owners use hand stacking before the dogs are judged. Stacking may occur in different places depending on the breed of the dog. Smaller dogs are usually judged on a table so smaller breeds needs to be taught to stack on the ground as well as on a table. Medium and large breeds generally stack on the ground, whilst heavier small breeds like bulldogs are often required to stack on a ramp. There are a number of techniques that can be used to train a dog to stack. Once again, irrespective of the technique you choose you should exercise patience and train your dog using small steps and lots of encouragement.
Judging You also need to train your dog for the judging that occurs at dog shows. Judges will often feel or touch the entire dog, check its teeth and may even check its testicles, so this type of training goes well beyond just socializing your dog. You need to train it to be comfortable with strangers checking out its entire body.
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Plan for Success Dog shows and training your dog for competition can be a great way to spend quality time with your favourite pet. The most important thing to remember is that it’s supposed to be fun for you and your dog. Training a dog takes a lot of patience, love and perseverance. Choosing the right breed is a great start and then training your puppy, will firmly place you on the road to success.
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