Irish terriers often excel in the show ring. They are intelligent and possess a demeanor and personality that makes them immediately loved by judges. If you'd like to show your Irish terrier, you're quite likely to be successful, but your dog will require some training to get him ready for the show ring.
Irish terriers are known for their daredevil personality and for their willful nature. They are hunters and watchdogs by nature, and are often considered more difficult to train than many other breeds. However, they are also very intelligent, which means that with the proper training, they can accomplish most any feat. It takes a bit more time and effort to prepare an Irish terrier for the show ring, but it is time well spent, as this breed can be a master when properly prepared.
First and foremost, your Irish terrier needs obedience training. All show dogs must be properly trained to the point that they can be depended on to obey your command without hesitation or fail. The most important commands include "come", "sit", "stay" and "down". Not only are these commands essential to basic dog training for any breed, but they are even more critical when your dog is in the show ring. Dogs that are being shown must be consistently obedient.
Your Irish terrier must also be socialized so that he will be comfortable and well behaved around other dogs. Irish terriers are often poorly behaved around other dogs. They are suspicious of other animals by nature, but these behaviors can be tamed with proper training. Of course, when a dog is a show dog, they are constantly exposed to other dogs and must be comfortable and well behaved around them. Irish terriers may require more socialization at an early age than some other breeds in order to ensure that he does not behave aggressively in the show ring. However, when the proper training is provided, an Irish terrier can be just as reliable in the show ring as any other breed.
It's wise to enroll you and your Irish terrier in some show classes before going into the show ring. These classes can help make your dog more comfortable in the show ring and teach both of you what to expect. The classes will help prepare you both for the rigors of the ring and increase your chances of being successful.
Showing a dog can be a rewarding and enjoyable experience for both dog and owner. The Irish terrier's charming nature and intelligence, combined with his easy to maintain coat makes him a natural for winning ribbons. Just remember to properly train your Irish terrier to ensure he's really ready for the ring.