What proud owner wouldn't want to enter his beloved pooch in a contest that gives out blue ribbons and certificates for excellence? Joining dog contests can be a pretty exhilarating adventure for both owner and dog, and entering your Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen in one of these competitions can be an experience you will never forget. Of course, before you decide to sign your dog's name on that contest application form, you need to prepare your pet for that first foray into stardom.
You will need to find out how people get their dogs to join such contests and what makes their dogs win contests. You can do this by way of some good old reliable research. You will need to ask people who have had their Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens join contests and what they experienced and had to go through. Having first hand information from those who have gone through the whole affair can give you an idea on what to expect from such competitions. You can also check out a few of the dog shows in or around your area to see how they hold their contests and what the criteria are for judging the dogs. This will help you determine what you have to focus on when preparing your pet for such a career.
The next step after research and information gathering is the preparation of your Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen for its first dog show or contest. You may need to register with a Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen club locally or even nationally to qualify for these events. There may also be contests that do not require a registration with a club, but it is better to cover all probabilities as well as take advantage of the support and advice such a club may offer its members. There are also clubs that sponsor contests for their members and this kind of activities will allow pet owners to learn about the dos and don'ts in these competitions.
When you join a Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen contest, you will need to make sure that your dog is well groomed and disciplined. Since the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is somewhat hard to train, due to its rather independent nature, you may need to have your dog professionally trained in an obedience school. If you wish to train it yourself, you will need a huge dose of patience and perseverance, along with some instructions from various resources. As for the grooming of your dog, you may need to brush its rather unruly coat of hair so that it will appear presentable. This will give your dog a cleaner look.
You can also have your dog join photo contests. These are often internet based contests that are not professional competitions but they may have nice prizes for you and your dog. Whatever competition you have in mind for your Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, you will need to spend enough time and effort to ensure that your dog gets all the training and grooming it needs.