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Entering a dog show can always be a nerve-racking time for most owners. Here you will find a few handy hints and tips about what to do before, during and in-between shows. These tips will hopefully calm some or all of your nerves and allow you to enjoy entering your Miniature Dachshund into any show big or small.
It’s good to note that during a show the Judges will not purely be judging your Dachshund against all the others but they will be looking at your Dachshund against the parameters of the idealized version of it’s breed. They will also look at you, the owner, so attention to detail is crucial.
This can be done in a number of ways. The easiest way is to do a search
online for dog shows in your area. Some shows are pretty easy to find
online and allow you to book your place(s) online. You can also find out
from breeders of the same breed of dog. Remember that your dog must
be over 6 months old to be able to enter the show.
As mentioned the judges will also look at you the owner while you show your
dog around the ring/arena so be sure to look smart, clean and tidy. As well
as checking your dog over, be sure to check yourself over. Make sure all
your pockets are done up, nothing is hanging out that shouldn’t be and that
you haven’t had any dog dribble along side you !
Do not have anything in your pockets such as money, keys etc this will distract
your dog and others from what they are doing. Oh and keep your hands out
of your pockets while you are showing, it will make you look untidy.
Shoes are also an important part. Buy a cheap pair of flat and soft rubber
shoes. There would be nothing worse than high heels clip clopping around the
ring/arena. Same goes for jewellery…big bangles and earrings are a no no
they will again distract your dog and others from what they are doing…you
may cause a bit of agro doing that.
Ensure you get up early in the morning to sort out your dog, equipment and any food & drink for the day. Some shows can last for many hours so be sure to bring food and drink for you and whoever is with you. Your dog may like a snack and water throughout the day….be sure not to overfeed your dog. There would be nothing worse than the judge looking a massive belly busting at the sides. Your dog may be weighed so that could hinder your chances of winning anything.
Leave in good time to get to the show, account for traffic and setting up. When you get to the show ensure you get a brochure telling you times and who is in which event.
Set up early, this will enable yourself and your dog to settle properly before the show starts. Turning up late and rushing around will make your time not very enjoyable. If you have enough time take your dog around the venue to get it used to the surroundings, perhaps have a practise on the ring/arena if you are allowed to, this will help your dog if it is new to shows.
A good tip is 30 mins before you are due in the ring/arena with your dog,
take him/her for the toilet. It would be highly embarrassing for if he/she
was to do a wee (or worse !) in front of the judges.
like a wet rug
If you have a mobile phone….get rid of it (in a safe place of course). You would be mortified if your phone turned back on and you got a call during a show. The judges would more than likely, politely, ask you to leave.
Other things the judges will look for ;
Cleanliness, deformities, if the dog smells bad, bad breath, the dog’s walk (gait) and your dogs behaviour.
quality hand made leads and collars by Hide & Collars which are highly
inside for them to lay on and a good tip for indoor events is to take a mat
for under the cage so you do not damage hall, church etc wooden floors
& toothpaste, spray scent…and whatever you think would be suitable)
number on it
cover for your dogs cage and towels
These are only some of the items I would advise on investing. It is down to own personal preference at the end of the day to make your day and your dogs day more enjoyable. The last piece of advise and the most important piece of advise is to enjoy your day…..and smile !