15 Jun 9 Tips to Help You Blow the Competition Away at Your Next Dog Show
Compiled are some of our best tips to help your dog shine in competition.
Before the Show
Do your homework.
Review results from past shows to learn more about why some placed over others. If possible, find out who the judges are so you can get a feel for their style and expectations well in advance. How strict are they with regards to the standards? Movement? Stance? These are a few factors to keep in mind when doing your research.
Connect with other handlers.
What better way to learn best practices than from a seasoned dog handler? Also, reach out to the registry for advice. They should be more than willing to point you in the right direction.
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Practice makes (almost) perfect.
Your favorite athletes don’t show up to an event and stun the crowd with their performance. They spend months training for the big day behind the scenes, and you should do the same with your bully.
Pay close attention to your bully’s diet.
A balanced diet throughout training and on the day of the show is paramount to your bully’s success. You should have an understanding of how your bully’s diet affects his performance. And don’t be afraid to make adjustments along the way, if needed.
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Set a training schedule.
Decide on a training regimen and stick to it until the big day. Remember, consistency is key.
Familiarize yourself with the breed standards.
Your bully must meet the conformation standards to have a shot at winning or even placing. It doesn’t matter how you believe your bully should look. After all, it’s up to the judges (and not you) to decide who places and who doesn’t.
To take a closer look at the breed standard for your bull breed, visit https://www.bbcr.com/breeds/.
The Day of the Show
Arrive before doors open.
You’ll want to arrive early so you can get acclimated with the venue and acclimate your bull within the space. It’s also not a bad idea to introduce and familiarize yourself with the judges before the show starts. Keep in mind that there could be long lines for entry and the paperwork may take more than a few seconds to complete.
Dress for success.
This one is a no-brainer, but you want to ensure your dog is well groomed. As for your attire and footwear, we’ve got you covered with The Ultimate Style Guide for Dog Handlers. You won’t be judged on presentation alone, but it’s not in your best interest to wear slippery shoes or mini-skirts. You get the drift…
During the Show
Do not ignore this pertinent piece of advice. Failing to do simple tasks, like reporting to the show ring on time, could be grounds for disqualification.
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Before you hit the big stage, it’s a good idea to observe what’s taking place inside the ring. Another tip: if possible, attend a dog show with your dog as a spectator.
The Bottom Line
With these tips, you’ll be one step ahead of the competition. But what matters most is that you build rapport with your dog and reward him, even if he doesn’t win. There will always be another dog show, but your companion is irreplaceable.
What are some of your best tips to outshine the competition at dog shows? Please share in the comments below.