Dogs are family, they are more than just animals or pets, they are man’s best friend and are a phenomenal source of pride for their owners. Preparing your dog for dog show training can be very rewarding for both you and your dog. One of the best way of training your dog is clicker training, for example, is a great way to train your dog through positive reinforcement. If you intend to show your dog, then you need to start training your dog as a puppy.

How to Achieve a Successful Dog Show Training

There are a number of things to do and not do where it comes to dog shows and dog show training. Here are some of the methods to a success factors.

Selecting the Right Breed

One of the major keys to a successful dog show is choosing the right breed of dog. You need to form a strong bond of love if you expect your dog to perform at its peak and to love the performance. To form the bond, you need to select the right kind of dog for you.

Do’s and Don’ts of a Dog show

Here are few five tips that will keep you out of the judge’s bad books at a dog show, if you are new to dog shows:

—   Make sure your dog is ready for the show. Any aggression is deeply frowned upon by the organizers, judges and other competitors.

—   Always leave the grounds tidy and make sure you clean up after yourself and your dog.

—   Always keep control of your dog. Keep it on a leash where appropriate and make sure when it is off leash, that it is still under your control.

—   It’s important to remember that your dog may be the cutest, best dog in the world, but this is a competition and judges may not agree. It’s important to be a good sportsman.

— Don’t distract other dogs or owners during the competition and never distract or interfere with other dogs at the competition and never question or criticize the judge. Try to take comments as a way to improve for the next show.

Techniques in a Dog Show

There are a number of dog show techniques that you and your dog have to learn to take part in a dog show. These techniques include:

  • Gaiting

Teaching your dog to walk with you may sound ridiculous. After all, most dog owners take their dogs out for walks every day, so what is there to teach? But walking at a dog show and taking your dog out for exercise is completely different. For you dog to shine at the dog show, you need to ensure:

  •         The dog maintains a certain speed.
  •         The dog maintains a certain distance from your body.
  •         The dog does not pull on the leash.
  •         The dog does not lag behind.
  •         His head is maintained at the correct position for his breed.
  •         His tail is wagging.
  •         And he looks like he’s having the time of his life.
  • Stacking

Stacking is the technique of showing your dog in a standing position. The position is determined by the dog’s breed. Different breeds have different stacking positions, so you need to find out what the correct stacking position is for your dog before you begin training.  There are also two forms of stacking used at dog shows: hand stacking and free stacking. You should train your dog to perform both, if possible.

Stacking may occur in different places depending on the breed of the dog. Smaller dogs are usually judged on a table so smaller breeds needs to be taught to stack on the ground as well as on a table. Medium and large breeds generally stack on the ground, whilst heavier small breeds like bulldogs are often required to stack on a ramp.

  • Judging

You also need to train your dog for the judging that occurs at dog shows. Judges will often feel or touch the entire dog, check its teeth and may even check its testicles, so this type of training goes well beyond just socializing your dog. You need to train it to be comfortable with strangers checking out its entire body. Patience, love and perseverance. Choosing the right breed is a great start and then training your puppy, will firmly place you on the road to success.