What should a show dog be able to do? Specialist answers!
Participation in exhibitions is not such a simple matter as it may seem to an ignorant person. A dog is required not only the ability to enter the ring and not eat an expert and competitors, but also the ability to show himself from the best side. What should a show dog be able to do?
What is required of you dog at the show?
If you are going to take your pet to the exhibition ring, you need to know what awaits you there.
- Choose a handler. This is a person who is able to show the dog in the most favorable light. You can be a handler yourself or a professional, a veteran of "exhibition battles."
- Handler demonstrates the presence of all teeth and a bite in a dog.
- Handler with a dog trot in a circle (in a group and singly).
- Handler with a dog trot in a straight line (from the expert and to him).
- The dog stands in the exterior rack and remains motionless for about 1.5 minutes, while the expert feels it and evaluates the appearance.
How does everything go at the exhibition and why is it needed?
To examine the teeth, the handler sits the dog, raises (does not bully!) Its head and raises its lips, exposing its front teeth and gums. Then the lateral teeth are shown on both sides so that the expert can count them. Sometimes experts prefer to push the lips of the dog themselves, so your pet should be calm enough to treat such attacks by an outsider.
When moving, the dog should run next to the handler, not trying to play with competitors or people, jump or bark. The optimal distance between dogs is approximately one body.
When moving in a circle in solitude, the dog demonstrates the manner of carrying the head, the strength of the top, the width of the step, the coordination of movement of the limbs, the freedom of movement, the manner of carrying the tail.
Moving in a straight line from the expert and back allows you to evaluate the location of the limbs (front and rear) relative to the axis of the body of your four-legged friend, how parallel and widely set they are.
During stance and feeling, the psyche of the dog is also evaluated. If she shies away from an expert, does not allow herself to approach or touch, or, on the contrary, shows aggression, she should not be allowed to be bred and therefore has no right to count on a high rating.
Also, during the feeling, the expert assesses how strong your pet’s back is, in what condition it is, and what is the condition of the coat.
During the stand, the dog should stand still and behave confidently. The judge’s task is to describe her and decide what grade to give.
Preparation for the exhibition is very important, one might even say it plays a decisive role in the success of the event. After all, often a more “exterior” dog, which is insufficiently prepared, loses to a not so “pedigree” outward relative, who showed himself from the best side.
Read about how to prepare your dog for the ring in our next articles.