You think you have the prettiest dog on the block? Enter them into a dog show! There are many local and national options, for both purebred and mixed breed dogs. It can be a fun way to show off your dog and work towards a goal together. If you’re new to the idea, here’s a quick overview of how to prepare your dog for a formative event.
Working with a Coach
Even if your dog gets an A in all of their doggy classes, composition is a different kind of obedience. You should find an experienced trainer who has demonstrated (and ideally won) several dog shows. Contact your dog breeder to see if they have any recommendations. Your trainer will help you teach your dog how to fold and walk on a loose leash. You can also find local forming events and contact one of the participants as a mentor as you embark on this new adventure.
Expose them to different people, dogs, and places
To compete successfully in a conversion event, dogs must be highly adapted to a wide variety of people, sounds, smells, dogs, and places. You should socialize your dog from a very young age. They shouldn’t have a problem with being approached and touched by strangers. This will help them stand out in the ring, so they’re not overdone or uncertain during the competition. All dogs must adapt and settle into new, unknown environments.
Follow a grooming regimen
Just like human beauty pageants, dogs will need to look their best. Some dogs only require basic grooming and a bath prior to the event. Other dogs, like long-haired breeds, will need to see a special groomer to ensure their coat is in top condition. All dogs will need clean coats, manicured nails, and pearly white teeth, regardless of breed. If you have some experience in grooming dogs, choose yourself a pair pet hair clippers to keep your canines in top shape.
Even if you never attend the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, you and your dog can still compete at local events. It takes some time and effort to prepare your dog for a formative event, but you will only strengthen your bond.