How to Best Show Your Dog

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If the class is large, the judge may call out just a few exhibits before making a final selection, or he may make his placings directly from the full line-up of dogs. The number of placements will differ according to the show. In some countries, the prizewinners are brought into the center of the ring in reverse order of their placements (with the first-place dog being awarded last); in other countries, the first-place winner is followed by the second-place winner, and so on. Again, it is imperative that you pay close attention to the judge so that you don't miss your award.

Do not leave the ring unless requested to do so, as the judge and stewards will have certain documentation to complete. If a critique has not been written by the judge at the time of assessment, the winning dogs may also be asked to wait a while longer while this is done. Once again, this procedure varies from country to country.

Win or lose, always remember that your dog is very much more than just a show dog, so let him know that you love him dearly, no matter what happens in the ring! Enjoy the rest of your day at the show, learning by watching other exhibits in the ring.

                              - More for Show Dogs -

Reprinted from Showing Your Dog © 2004. Permission granted by Kennel Club Books, an imprint of BowTie Press.

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RONNIE   LABADIEVILLE, LA

5/10/2007 6:47:15 AM

great tips!!

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