Purebredbreeders.com knows that you love your four-legged friends and want the very best for him or her- a shiny coat, good doggy breath, no plaque build-up, short nails, clean ears and good manners. But, did you know that you truly might have a Dog Show Star on your hands? In a nutshell, dog shows will focus on the dog’s physical attributes including body structure and appearance. Other areas that are judged are your dog’s agility, temperament, height, weight, coat, colour, eye colour and shape, feet and tail. If you feel uncomfortable about “showing off” your dog, just remember that dog shows provide a great opportunity to show your canine pride as well as to appreciate other dogs.
Purebredbreeders.com would like to share some ways to help get you and your puppy started. Hopefully, This will make the world of dog shows easier to access for those of you who are interested. Be sure to:
- Get as much information on your dog’s breed from your breeder. Know what your dog will have the temperament to do/not do. You should also know what the standards are for your dog’s breed – guidelines make shows unbiased and if followed meticulously, you can have your dog sitting right there with the best of the best.
- Feed your puppy good quality food. Check the ingredients, so you know what is going into your dog’s body. Your dog should also be of good weight – not too skinned or too fat.
- Make sure your puppy stays well-groomed and health by getting professional cleaning done and taking your dog for regular check-ups at the vet.
- Keep teeth clean and nails trimmed.
- Frequently comb and brush your dog’s coat – this will keep it shiny, detangled and promote healthy coat growth
- Start practicing baiting and gaiting in your own backyard and when you feel confident that your dog has grasped this, take him/her to other places that have a lot distractions so that you can practice overall show training technique. You can even enroll in a local obedience club and also watch dog shows yourself to see how this is done.
- Practice makes perfect, so try your dog out in different shows as they come long. There really is no failing in dog shows because you and your pooch will have a great time no matter what. You will also be exposing your dog to this new type of environment and picking up useful tips that will make you and your dog even better in this arena.
You never know what hidden talents your puppy-pal may possess so trying a dog show usually won’t hurt. This aside, but Purebredbreeders.com encourages you to take care of your dog’s well-being regardless of breed, temperament, dog show involvement or the lack thereof. After all, your dog will always love you whether or not he/she is on stage and still needs the care!