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Got Dog Show Fever? 5 Things You Should Do Before Getting Started



Dog show season brings renewed interest among animal lovers who are interested in stepping into the ring. It is a fun and rewarding pursuit for many people. Before you take the plunge, there are a few things you can do to prepare.
1. Find the Right Dog
Success in dog shows will depend on having the right dog for what you want to do. There are breed-specific shows, conformation shows and agility trials, among others. Decide what disciple you are interested in pursuing and then start looking for the best dog to meet your needs.

Each breed has its own qualities and classification. If you are looking for a herding dog, consider talking to AKC german shepherd breeders Florida to learn about that breed's history. The same goes for poodles, English setters, and beagles. Breeders can provide a wealth of information and are a valuable resource long after you purchase a puppy from them.
2. Keep Health Records
You will need to present vaccination records at the show ring, so start saving them now. It can be helpful to keep a binder for each animal with copies of their papers, medical records, and any other documentation you might need. This way, when you do head out to a show, you can simply trap the appropriate binder and know that it has everything in one place.
3. Learn How To Act in the Ring
The show ring is about so much more to simply walking in circles with a pretty dog. You will need to learn proper handling and sowing techniques, how to best present each dog and what the judges are looking for. Your dog will also need to respond to gentle commands in a loud and distracting environment.
4. Brush Up on Grooming Skills
Show judges have a keen eye. They are looking for correct conformation and temperament while in the ring Proper grooming techniques will accentuate your dog's best qualities. They may even be able to hide a few of her faults.
5. Attend Shows as a Spectator
Find a local registered show and attend as a spectator. Talk to competitors if you can and ask questions. While not everyone will be receptive to them, you'll be sure to get a lot of good first-hand information this way. Careful observation can also help you understand what judges are looking for in terms of appearance and behavior.

Showing your dog can be a rewarding experience. Having the right dog for the type of show you enter, careful planning and the proper knowledge will help you achieve success.

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