|Barked: Tue Jun 2, '09 8:26pm PST |
|This is advice too late for this show, probably, and it's likely something you already know about, but just in case, for future ref if it's not something you work on already:
It might be a good idea to train your dog to "stack" on command, with little or no help from your hands. I'm honestly not sure if you get showmanship points for that but I know that in terms of actually showing a dog you want to win it's an advantage not to have your hands in the way-- you want the judge to have an unbroken view of your fabulous, perfect specimen of a dog heehee! Also it shows off their intelligence and bond with you a bit (judges do try to look at breed character as much as they can glean from the routine of the dog show, which is brief and not exactly very conducive to showing off your dog's pluck and personality in too incredibly many ways). Plus it keeps them focused on you, animated, all those things that make a dog look flashy. Watching a show, I'm always impressed with a dog that will stand there in perfect form, all on her own, and gaze with rapt attention into her handler's face... er, well, or the liver they're waving in front of it, bol!
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