Dog owner training
When at least one exceptional dog is present in the ring, surpassing in all respects the best representatives of one generation, judges can significantly underestimate the ratings of other dogs (even if they were previously rated quite high), but this should not be a reason for scandal: against the background of the best, even good fades.
In addition, from exhibition to exhibition, dogs can have a different “shape”, and handlers can show them to the judges better or worse; it should also be remembered that each expert interprets the standard in his own way, attaching great importance to one or another characteristic as the same musical score is interpreted differently by different performers, although they all scrupulously follow the instructions of the composer.
One should not be surprised at the different evaluations of the dog at various exhibitions: a high rating at one exhibition can be called into question at the next, and this is precisely the interest in participating in exhibitions again and again. If the result were predetermined, there would be no reason to visit the exhibition more than once.
The main things for you should be: the assessment received by the dog (excellent, very good, good …) and the full written description made by the expert.
If the exhibitors are sure that the exhibitions are a selection of the best, if they are convinced of the objectivity and impartiality of the judges, who are guided only by the standard, then the exhibitions become a wonderful and exciting competition, a spectacle – since the final result is unknown, not determined in advance.
Ignoring everything that was said above leads to grievances, infringement on pride, unjustified criticism, even to an unacceptably sharp slander against judges. The various rumors and violent passions that often arise around or inside the ring surprise the beginner and the layman, however this is part of the “folklore” of any exhibition where passionate lovers of the breed are present. All the heated debate and debate is “entertainment inside the play”, whose protagonists realize too late that they were its funny, comedic participants. But this is only the external side of the matter … and at the next exhibition everything will be repeated at first, because despite the shattered illusions, the firm decision to no longer participate in the exhibitions made on the day of the crash, despite refereeing errors (rare but possible), the annoyed participant will still return to the exhibition tomorrow. This will happen because he loves his dog, loves excitement, the emotional stress of the competition and always hopes that his pet will finally be recognized as an exceptional representative of the breed …
A brown doberman stands next to the goblets, photo photograph of a dog
Do not despair after the first unsuccessful experience at the exhibition. Try again and again! But isn’t it wonderful that it is at the exhibition that you meet much more nice, pleasant people, like-minded people who are ready to help you than detractors.
Very quickly you get comfortable in this setting, learn a lot about the breed, learn how to show the dog correctly.
The atmosphere of the exhibition, in which you previously felt like strangers, will gradually become dear and necessary for you. And believe me, for your dog too!
Dog owner training. No panic! To show a dog in the ring, you will not need supernatural physical training: the judge does not expect from you and the dog more than what you are prepared for. Showing a dog in a stance (in a static position) implies complete immobility of the dog and owner. However, you have the right to sit next to the dog, caress it and calmly correct (correct) the stance if the limbs are not standing correctly or the dog shows excessive nervousness.
Showing a dog in motion may turn out to be a little more complicated: if moving with a step, as a rule, is straightforward, then trotting can cause complications. You need to know at what speed the lynx of the dog (and the dog itself) looks the most advantageous and try to maintain this speed until the end of judging (examination). The difficulty of demonstrating a dog at a trot is not in its duration (the judge will give the command to go “one step” if the handlers begin to get tired and suffocate), but in its conditions. The ring area is often very small, which allows movement in a small circle, the radius of which is only 5 m. Under such conditions, it is necessary to ensure that you do not stumble, step on the dog’s paws, and also avoid collisions with neighbors in the ring. The same problems with the examination in open areas, sprinkled with gravel, or after rain.