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. [...]