a collection of short articles discussing various techniques to improve the performance of handler and dog in the show ring
MORE ON STANDING
2009-04-13 more ...
POLISH THE GAITING
You need to consider "finish" or ring finesse - as I approach any corner I ask the dog to 'steady' which I use to indicate a slowing of pace for a corner or a free stand/stop - by easing the pace and length of stride the dog can do much sharper (and neater) corners without jostling and bouncing (or falling over), on corners even as sharp as in a triangle.
Likewise I usually take a step or 1.5 steps at a walk before 'breaking' into the gaiting stride.= 2006-06-01 more ...
SHY, OR NOT!
Recently, I was asked to handle a setter who had become known as 'shy' in the show ring, despite being handled in all sorts of situations outside the ring, at all times of the day in all types of weather. She'd set up well, and hold her ground, until ... the judge's hands moved from in front of her head and passed over her head. Then as the judge's hands moved to the skull she'd pull back and she would drop her hindquarters to the ground. 2006-05-01 more ...
HOW DO I DETERMINE HOW FAST TO MOVE MY DOG?
This question is excellent, and one I know I have asked myself - best advice I can give from personal experience, is watch your dog in a free exercise area, decide which pace suits him best. I have a dog here in transit for a month, if he goes at my 'normal fast' pace them his hind legs rotate like a mix master as he goes away, but does not do this at a brisk walk - side view no issues any speed. So I am going to tell his new owner a brisk smart walk, if he is savvy & adaptable, then to walk smartly away from the judge and as they turn step up a gear. 2006-04-01 more ...
GETTING THE PERFECT STACK
Getting and holding the perfect stack seems to have become a sport rewarded with those magical wins for some. It is particularly essential if you happen to have a judge who can only make awards based on the 'stack' - the pose.
Working up from babyhood, you will discover your dog can learn all sorts of neat tricks, but I must confess, in my case, I have usually taught them to jiggle or move. 2006-03-01 more ...