I have never been to a dog show before. And I was wondering how it works? Do they do all breeds or just certain ones. Do you win money ? Is it just for registered dogs . How often do they have them . Where do they have them. Is it they same people all the time or diferent ones?
Most dog shows are all breed shows. That would be like all akc registerable breeds.. The dogs MUSt be registered and they cannot be on limited registration, or spayed or neutered, as conformation shows are an evaluation of breeding stock. They have them all over the US, hardly a weekend goes by where there's not 3 or 4 dog shows. Especially in spring and fall. If you go to www.infodog.com and click show information you can find shows in yoru area.
Now that said, there's also specialty shows.> SOme times there's shows that are exclusively for 1 breed, or one group of breeds, like toy dogs, or terriers, or working.. The shows are organized by both local all breed clubs and superintendents who report the wins and such to the AKC>
Thanks Minniyar I would really like to go to one just to see what it all about . I dont have any registered dogs but I still would like to see a dog show . My kids show goats and steers all over Texas and it is such hard work. And it has really gotten out of hand with some of the parents. Last year at Ft Worth the grand champ steer got 160,000.00 dollars and reserve got 95,000.00 but they had to give it back because they tested postive for steriods .But they know ahead of time if you win they will test them. The kids are suppose to do all the grooming themselves but sometimes I think parents forget that.-
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I've never been to one either but I heard there's one coming to Boston in December. I think I'll go check it out. It's two days long, should I go both days or just the second day?? What else should I know before going? Thanks
I wsh most shows where for money! Most are not just for ponts.
Each day of a dog show s its own show, so you may see dffrent dogs each day or the same ones. The judges wll be diffrent and often the winners are diffrent.
Watch, don't ask to touch dogs until after they have shown, and expect some people to be abrupt. Most exhibitors are much 'nicer and calmer' after the ring, but before the ring, frankly, some may be mpolite. They are watching the judges, the other dogs, and waiting for their moment.
Please, never touch a dog about to go in the ring. A casual pet can destroy an hour of work. Most people are more then willing to chatter to you. Also, unentered dogs are not allowed on the show grounds. You will see some, but technicaly they are not allowed and someone can ask you to leave if your dog is not entered.
Icy That is very interesting! I never been to a dog show. How can a pet hurt the dog? Does it get the dog all excited or something? I never would touch anyones dog before or after a show (if I ever went to one) unless we were talking and I felt ok to ask for permission. I never go up to someones dog and just touch them. I really hate that!
I often wondered this. . . when showing dogs that are known for being more aggressive do they put muzzles on them at the show? What do they do about those dogs that are more aggressive in nature? I have heard from breeders on here that the type of dog they own can be aggressive around other dogs. Not to take them to dog parks, or leave them alone unsupervised with other dogs/children. If the dog cant get along well at a dog park how does it get along well at a show?
This is all very interesting and a great topic to bring up! Any information would be great! Thanks!
Biting the judge is not allowed. You pick for a well tempered dog, its part of your responsibility as an exhibitor.
If you touch a Westie who has just been groomed, you can easily crush the fluffed out coat. A well meaning head rub on a poodle, a bishon, one of my afghans, can devistate a perfect grooming job. If you went to a collar and patted it side, you'd wind up crushing the fluffed out side coat.
oh wow! I never knew! I bet it is hard to get your dogs hair just perfect! I watch the shows on T.V. afghans are amazing when they are going round the ring! They look so beautiful with the hair the way it moves when they prance. Just looks like poetry in motion! My hubby and I are in awe everytime! It is so cool to see dogs strut it in the ring! You can tell they love the attention and the owners look just as proud! It is so cool!
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Oh I know what you mean about touching the hair. When we go to steer shows nothing upsets you more than to be going into the ring after spending several hours brushing and spraying and everything and somebody pets the steer and mess's up the beautiful hair do.
At dog shows do you do your on dogs hair are does a groomer do it .
Most owners learn to do their own grooming, or the handlers do it. Some professional groomers come and litterly just groom for everyone.
I do my own, its not complicated, but I try to do one last comb through before ring time so every hair is perfect, teh saddle is a glosssy reflective stretch and the topknot hangs just so to emphasises those lusterious dark eyes and that beautiful lenght of muzzle.
Its pretty time consuming. A show grooming is going to take me 3 to 5 hours before I get to ring side.
Show puppies are trained for the ring from an early age most of the time.
Socialization very early is important for confidence and a friendly demeanor.
Dogs are trained to stay where you place the feet, and to be still and pay attention to the handler and the bait during a body exam.
With dogs like Rottweilers, you really must appear and be in control of your dog. Esp if, like me, you have a large powerful dog and you are not a large person.
I do not allow my dogs to move feet during body and bite exam, nor do I allow them to turn their head around to watch the judge.
Judges expect you to control your dog, and your dog's head during the individual exam.
Yes, judges get bitten. Not often, but of course even once is too often for the person who is bitten. A dog who bites or tries to attack any person in the ring is disqualified from competition forever or unless and until a reinstatement process is completed.
A dog show is MUCH more than a little beauty contest where dogs stand pretty and prance around the ring. It takes a high level of training on the part of the dog and the handler.
If you don't think so, try it sometime. Took me almost 10 years to learn how to be smooth and professional.
It's two days long, should I go both days or just the second day?? What else should I know before going? ______________________________________________________ A couple days before going, check the infodog site and see if they have ring times. Most people go at the wrong time to see the breed they are interseted in. You don't see a lot of dogs just lounging at ringside, so it is easy to miss what you might want to see. And please do wait till the judging is over to talk to exibitors and ask before you touch.
> Took me almost 10 years to learn how to be smooth and professional.
<sigh> And here we are just starting to contemplate the task of showing to establish the worthiness of breeding animals (among a variety of other essentials that we had been neglecting).
I have several questions, your commments on training for control of the dog's head and feet during the individual exam touch on one. Since you brought it up I hope you won't mind questions on that training.
We can train for sit/stay, come, heel and fetch pretty well. But getting the dog to stand still, posed appropriately (even down/stay) is not something we have developed the skill to accomplish. I realize that asking for instructions on this may be an aggravation, but I'm asking anyway. :O/ Care to offer any advice.
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thanks for the advice. I would never touch a dog without permission anyway. I'm looking forward to going, I think it will interesting and informative. And I'll be sure to wait until after the dogs have been shown to talk to the handlers, I'm sure they have enough to worry about before that.
I think it is a good idea! I may have to look into going to a show! I would love to watch and see my favorite dogs in the ring. Some dogs when they move are so beautiful! Like I said poetry in motion! It is a great thing to see, and to be closer than your television would be cool!
The owners look just as happy in there just like their dog not a care in the world. You can totally tell when a owner and a dog are not trying to do everything right that is just comes naturally. My moms sister shows GSD's and she does not have to try to look good it just shows through. Ofcourse she does all the grooming like all of you which I would imagine is insane to do to make it look perfect! I love it when I hear the speakers as the dogs go by on the television that only people watching t.v. can hear. They will be like oh look at her go look at the grace the elegance they look so good in the ring! Beautiful!
I notice sometimes watching dog shows that the dog will have a handler different from it's owner. Out of curiosity, who finds whom? Does and owner look for a handler or does a handler look for a quality dog to show?
Look for a local breed club or training club. They can give you much more help than you can get online. They can watch you and your dog and give you help in areas that they see you need it. All-breed clubs may hold conformation classes or they can help you find them in your area.
I saw at our State Fair a pink llama! They were charging $1.00 to take a picture with it! I also saw a t.v. show where groomers will dye your dog or cat any color you want. I saw purple and pink and blue, but I don't know if they do it in shows.