Many times when people get a Kerry Blue Terrier for the first time, they are not aware of all the different things that go on while they are in a competition for show. In fact, many times they do not know what is going to happen until it happens. One of the main events that many people are not in favor of is sparring. In fact, many people think that having two Kerry Blue Terriers sparring with one another is down right mean. However, that is one way for the judges to determine which is the best dog overall.
Many times when people are asked to spar their dogs, they are not sure of what it even is. Sparring is when the judges put two or possibly three different dogs into the center of the show ring so that they have to "look at each other". It is the judges as well as the handlers that assure that it is safe. In fact, if the dogs are in the show ring a lot they can differentiate between a competitive challenge and something that is for real. Either way, in most cases, it is best for the handlers to keep themselves at a safe distant just in case.
It is usually in the United States that you will see Kerry Blue Terriers sparring in a show ring. In fact, many judges think that there is nothing better than to see two dogs doing it correctly. Also, the purpose of sparring is the put two dogs together to see which one is more typical or better. The process is then repeated until they have only one dog left, which is then the winner. Many judges are only looking to see what kind of attitude the dog has.
When the dogs are in competition, there are many things that must be followed. In fact, the judges will say that if the dogs eye each other intently, arch their necks, stand taut and ready for anything to happen, if they wag their tails, then they are truly a Kerry Blue Terrier. However, there are also many things that are not accepted while sparring. In fact, if a dog snarls or growls, lunging at one another, or even making contact, is unacceptable.
Because the Kerry Blue Terriers are known for being an aggressive and head strong breed of dog, it is very important that they know that sparring is only for competition. In fact, you must make sure that training your dog to spar is a great idea. However, if it is well trained and goes through a series of obedience classes, then you should have no problems. However, for some dogs just hearing another dog growl only make them want to become aggressive; which then makes people think that they are aggressively bad dogs.
When sparring Kerry Blue Terriers, there are many things that should be remembered; however, many people allow things to happen because they like the sight of the events. However, in most cases, it is not beneficial to anyone; especially the dog. Therefore, before you put your dog into such an event you must think of the "long" picture and not just the "now" picture.