Ringcraft: showing dogs
The 'quality' of any pedigree dog is determined by how well they conform to the established breed type set for their specific breed. These standards are set by The Kennel Club. Conformation shows (also known as breed shows) are dog shows where a judge familiar with a specific dog breed evaluates individual purebred dogs against the appropriate standards. It is the job of the dog handler in these shows to show their dog off to his best advantage.
In this video, Roxanne McDonald Dog Handling Trainer, explains about the different types of shows that exist and what might be a logical path through from fun shows to the more serious ones (such as eventually competing at Crufts dog show) so that the handler and dog can gain valuable experience at an appropriate pace.
She also describes the different sorts of awards that tend to be attached to each type of show and about how best to prepare for the big day.
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