The Show Page

 

When you are starting out

It may be beneficial to attend a local dog show before starting classes so that you can get a general idea of what happens at a show and also to talk to other exhibitors. You may also be able to learn a little more about how your breed is shown to ‘its best advantage’ by speaking to the dog's breeder. 

 There are also two weekly newspapers called Dog World and Our Dogs, which carry adverts for shows and can be ordered through your local newsagent. These publications will give you a lot of useful information about the show scene and general information relating to dogs.

Ringcraft Classes
Ringcraft clubs are usually very sociable, where groups of like-minded people meet on a regular basis and get great enjoyment from training their dogs. The ideal Ringcraft club should have classes, for the beginner, and in particular the puppy before it goes into the show ring, through to classes for more experienced dogs and handlers in order to keep them in the peak of training.

A great deal of time and effort goes into presenting a dog for exhibition at a show and even getting your dog to perform in the ring is a lot harder than it looks. A dog that only wants to slouch in the corner, or ambles around the ring ungracefully will not impress the judge. It is important that you learn how to present your dog in the show ring to show off all its finer points.

This can be very difficult to achieve; the dog has got to want to show off for its owner or handler in the show ring and you must work hard together to build this rapport. The people who run Ringcraft clubs have a great deal of experience in the 'show scene' and will be able to show you all the techniques to get the best out of your dog.

Some Ringcraft clubs not only run training classes for your dogs, but competitions such as Matches and Companion Dog Shows so that members can see how they are progressing. 

Ringcraft club classes can also be used as the basis of training you and your dog on how it should be handled and presented even if you have no thoughts of entering the 'show scene'. They are not just for people wanting to show their dogs but for everybody with a dog, and they will teach the basics such as socialisation with people and other dogs, Training your dog to walk on a lead nicely without becoming distracted by  people or other dogs.