Exhibitions are an integral part of the life of many purebred dogs. To ensure that this is not a stress for the puppy, and it behaves correctly – you need to conduct training. If the baby is already used to the leash and collar, then it remains to teach him to stand correctly and respond to touch.
When to start training
Puppies can participate in dog shows as early as three months. The category of 3-6 months is called “baby”. Accordingly, training begins in advance – at the age of 1.5-2 months. Once you have taken the puppy home from the breeder, give it about a week to get used to it. So he will get used to the new environment and new people.
Some owners of purebred dogs decide to put their pet in the “juniors”category. This decision is justified if you want to visit the exhibition once or get a rating for breeding. If you plan to exhibit constantly, you should start with the “baby” category, where the judges are not so strict. At the same time, you can decide whether to continue exhibiting.
The opinion that puppies are not ready to enter the ring is wrong. Kids are pliable, they have an easy character, they love attention. Among puppies there are natural exhibition “specimens” – they show interest and have a suitable temperament. The task of the owner of such a dog is to maintain this interest.
What you need to prepare your puppy for
The exhibition is a new and unusual place for a puppy, where there are dogs, people and other people’s smells. To ensure that the baby behaves correctly in this place, start to teach him to crowded places. Take the dog with you to the Park, to visit, bring it to dog shows as a spectator.
If the kid is constantly in the apartment and walks along the usual route, then once at the exhibition, he will be confused. The reaction will be aggression or fear. Experts say that phobia is difficult to get rid of. The dog in the ring should be relaxed, but calm. For aggressive behavior, the puppy is disqualified. To get your pet used to crowds of people, change your usual route several times a week to walk along noisy, busy streets.
Preparation of a puppy for the first exhibition consists of three stages:
- teach them to touch;
- teach not to react to dogs;
- train to stand in a stand – up position-manual and free.
At the dog show, there are many potential friends for the baby to interact with. So that the abundance of four – legged animals does not distract the puppy from the main goal, teach him to concentrate on the owner-arouse interest in communication. Do not leave the baby alone with the puppies, so that he played enough, he will move away from you.
We teach you to touch and show your teeth
At the exhibition, experts will be sure to touch the puppy and touch it. Teach your child to treat this correctly. It is easy to teach your pet to touch and the dog likes it. The main thing is not to allow bites on the palms as part of a fun game.
So that the touch of experts does not make the puppy nervous, ask someone to play the role of a judge at a dog show. Let someone from your family or friends perform manipulations under your guidance. Movements should be accurate, smooth, and you should not use force. Praise your baby for his patience.
Experts at the exhibition will touch the puppy so that it shows its teeth. Teach your child in advance – learn the command “Teeth”. After giving the command, carefully expose the dog’s jaws with your hands. The puppy will show dissatisfaction, your task is to calm down, and after the procedure, praise and give a treat. Practice the exercise regularly until the puppy gets used to it. Do not expose your teeth forcibly, causing the dog pain!
It is advisable to teach the baby to touch and inspect on the table, imitating the exhibition.
Studying the racks
At the exhibition, you must stand in the rack. Puppies are restless, teach them in advance, arranging short mini-classes. 5-10 minutes twice a day is enough. Classes are held in comfortable conditions. The surface of the table or floor should not be slippery, so that the dog’s paws do not move apart. It is ideal to stand at the mirror to control your movements.
To stand up in a manual stand, the puppy needs the help of the owner. You must correctly expose your paws, tilt your head, correct your posture, and position your tail. Each breed has its own stand, so learn how to get into a manual stand from the breeder or dog breeders.
At the command “Stand”, put the baby in the desired position and fix it for 5-10 seconds. Playful puppies can’t stand being in one position for a long time – use the whole Arsenal of rewards. This is stroking, and affectionate words, and Goodies. Put your pet in the rack several times a day, gradually increase its time. The goal is to ensure that the baby can stand still for 30 seconds.
A free rack is easier to achieve. After running in the ring in front of the experts, you will stop the puppy and command “Stand”. The pet should stop in a free position. Your task is just to hold the baby. Experts understand that it is difficult for small puppies to stand in one place for a long time. You will be in a free stand for about a minute.
Preparing for the exhibition is also taking care of the baby’s exterior. You can contact a professional groomer or do everything yourself. If the puppy belongs to short-haired breeds, then special care is not required. You can wash it yourself, trim its claws, and brush its ears and teeth.
Long – haired Pets will need more attention-the wool needs to be properly laid. To make the ward look beautiful in the ring, you will have to spend a lot of time laying the wool, so it is advisable to entrust this to a professional.
It is especially important to take care of the attractive appearance of white puppies. Improper nutrition can cause their fur coats to turn yellow.
When preparing for the exhibition, evaluate the shape of the puppy – it should be normally well-fed, not fat and not skinny. Only a healthy dog will look well-groomed and beautiful.
Preparing a puppy for the first exhibition is a responsible task. If you complete the task, the kid will get a good experience and may even win.
Hi, my name is Mike Fletcher. I am 36 years old and a veterinarian at a veterinary clinic in Granby Colorado. And this is my blog about Pets. I hope I can answer your questions here.