Getting Started in Dog Shows
First, contact a local
breed or kennel club to find out about conformation (handling) classes
in your area. Meet with local breeders to learn how to groom and present
your dog. Attend fun matches (informal shows with no championship points)
and AKC shows in your area, and talk to experienced exhibitors and breeders
about how to get started.
Handling classes offer the best hands-on way to practice
for the show ring, while attending shows and observing can help you gain
understanding of what judges and other competitors do.
If you do not wish to handle your dog yourself, or have
a friend or family member do it, you may contact a professional
handler who charges a fee for showing your dog.
Tips for the First-Time Exhibitor
Make sure your dog is registered with the AKC.
Be sure your dog is current on all innoculations.
Join a local specialty and/or all-breed
club (kennel club) in your area.
Familiarize yourself with the AKC Rules
Applying to Dog Shows.
Attend some dog shows to observe your breed being judged and how
others present your breed. (Visit the show superintendent's web site during the week prior to the show to find out when and in what
ring your breed will be shown.)
Seek and apply the knowledge and experience of your dog's breeder,
and/or a long-time exhibitor near you.
Attend handling classes with your dog.
Learn the proper techniques for grooming and for presenting your
dog in the ring. (Visit brittanygrooming.com for tips)
Don't be afraid to ask questions.
For further tips & info, contact
Brittany breeders & exhibitors near you.
Visit the American
Brittany Club web site, and/or join a Brittany E-Mail
Reading & Videos
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