THE ACTUAL DOG SHOW
What Happens At A Dog Show
I Want To Go To A Dog Show (THE
USER'S GUIDE TO DOG SHOWS)
Bitch Is Not A Dirty Word (LEARNING
What Is Going On In:
The Breed Ring
The Obedience Ring
The Grooming Areas
I WANT TO GO TO A DOG SHOW!
THE USER'S GUIDE TO DOG SHOWS
"HI my name is Joshua and I need some info on how to get my
shows. My dog has been through 3 dog training stages and works off leash
and is a really good dog and I would like to get her in a show. If you
could send me some info on how to get my dog in a show.
The first thing you need if you would like to show your dog, whether
in Obedience, Conformation, Hunting, Agility, Herding, or any of the many
other American Kennel Club events, is an AKC registered dog. If you gave
the subject proper thought when you bought your puppy, you will have purchased
him from a reputable breeder, and your puppy will have come with AKC registration
papers. Hopefully he will have grown up to be the quality of dog you and
the breeder anticipated that he would. Or, you may have purchased your
puppy from a Pet store or through a newspaper ad from a back yard breeder.
He may have been sold as an "AKC dog" or an AKC registered dog,
and you may not have received the registration papers with the puppy. The
puppies in pet stores often come from puppy mills, which do not (ever!)
breed show quality dogs. If you have not obtained the registration papers
for the dog, by the time you decide you'd like to show him in obedience
or agility (which he can do even though he may not be quite up to snuff
for conformation) you may find the pet store has gone out of business.
Or, perhaps the pet store can't locate or get the papers from the 'breeder'.
So first of all, whether you get a puppy from a serious breeder, a back
yard breeder, a breed rescue organization, or a pet store, if you would
like to be able to do something 'official' with him later, make sure you
get the papers. (see What Is A Breeder )
Wonderful Show Quality Puppies Come From Serious Breeders
If you have purchased your puppy from a pet store or a backyard breeder, and for whatever reason didn't get registration papers,
if the dog appears to be a purebred representative of an AKC registerable
breed you may be able to show your dog in performance events anyway. The
AKC grants an "Indefinite Listing Privilege" to such dogs, which
must first be 6 months old and neutered. This
ILP number will allow you to show your dog in AKC obedience, hunting, herding,
agility and earth dog events. You may not show an ILP dog in conformation
If your dog is a mixed breed, you may find local fun matches that
are put on by a dog training facility or group. It is in the best interests
of all dogs and dog owners to teach them to do anything of which they are
capable. It is not, however, the business of the American Kennel Club to
sanction such events for mixed breeds, since the AKC's main responsiblity
is the maintenance of the Stud Book, and the promotion of purebred dogs.
If you do have a good quality puppy and would like to be able to show
in conformation classes later on, DON'T NEUTER the dog. If you would like
to show and breed the dog, you should deal with a serious, reputable breeder
and contract for a show and breeding quality puppy. This puppy must be
on a full registration, if you hope to be able to breed later on, not on
a limited registration. Breeders are likely to be very particular about
which puppies they sell on full registration, and which people they will
sell these individuals to. This is a good thing; only the best animals
should be bred, and only owners serious about learning about the breed,
about genetics and soundness, about training, and about the effort involved
should take on the responsibility of breeding dogs. YOU DON'T BREED PUPPIES
TO GET RICH. More often, you go well into a financial hole breeding dogs.
If you don't wish to breed the dog, a dog on a limited registration and/or a
neutered dog will still be permitted to compete in performance events.
Bitches that aren't going to be bred should be spayed, generally before
6 months of age. If a bitch puppy is spayed before her first heat, her
chances of developing mammary tumors, the most common cancer in dogs, will
be substantially reduced.
Do The Dogs Enjoy Themselves?
If you hope to show your puppy in conformation classes, DON'T TEACH
IT TO SIT! You can ask him to stand, to wait, to 'hold on' or to 'settle
down!', but hold off on teaching to sit. Sitting is submissive behavior
and some puppies will do this in unfamiliar circumstances even if they
haven't been taught to do it. If he is used to praise for sitting, he is
likely to do it in any unfamiliar situation, and it can be very difficult
to train this behavior out of him for the purpose of the breed ring.
Whether you hope to show your puppy in conformation, obedience, or agility,
it is helpful to socialize him to being with strange people and dogs. Once
his puppy shots are complete - about 4 months of age, you can find him
a puppy kindergarten class, puppy obedience class, or conformation handling
class. Your local kennel club or obedience club will often hold these classes.
If they don't, they should be a good source of information about who in
the area does give classes. Check on the AKC web site for the names of
member clubs, and their contact person, to find one near you.
After you have found your local kennel club, and have trained your dog,
you need to find out when and where the dog shows are and how to enter.
Look on the AKC pages, and you will find sections for different kinds
of events - conformation, obedience, etc. - and for different months of
the year. Start at least a month or more away, as closing dates for taking
entries for shows are usually 3 weeks before the show date. When you see
some shows you are interested in, check on who the Show Superintendent
is. Usually most shows in a given geographical area will be put on by the
same superintendent organization. Examples of Superintendents are listed
below. Write or call the specific show superintendent and ask for a Premium
List for the show you wish to enter. Ask also to be put on their mailing
list to receive premium lists of future shows in the area this superintendent
covers. When the premium list arrives you will find it to contain information
about where the show is to be held, the judges who will be judging each
breed or other event (obedience, agility), the officers of the club and
the show chairman, closing date (deadline for receipt of completed entries),
entry fee (usually 18 to 20 dollars), and the instructions for filling
in the form. You will usually find that the superintendent will accept
faxed entries accompanied by a credit card authorization. Instructions
will be included for faxing your entry.
The AKC home page and the Moss Bow page both include results of some
levels of competition for recently completed shows. It takes a couple of
days for these to be posted to the net. By examining these it may be possible
for you to determine whether or not there are enough 'class' dogs being shown
in your area to make 'points'. Beware of looking at only one or two weekends,
there may be a larger or a smaller entry depending on how well the exhibitors
in your area like certain judges!
The week before the show, you will receive a 'judging program' in the
mail. This will give directions to the show, any parking information (paid
parking for instance), your ring number, judge's name, and approximate
time of showing. A time will be given with several breeds below it (for
conformation). This means that the breeds will start at the given time
or later if the ring is running slow, but not before that time. You can
judge roughly how long after that time you might appear by adding up the
number of entries in the breeds listed before your own at that time, and
multiplying by 3 minutes a dog. But remember! This is just an approximation.
Much better to get there on time and wait rather than to miss your show
time after driving 3 hours. You never know if all the dogs entered show
up; in the case of bad weather often a large number of the dogs entered
don't make it to the show.
Finally prepare your dog; train him, bathe and groom him, find the
appropriate lead (show or obedience, not 'street' collar and leash), load
your car with 'crate' (cage), water, 'bait' (food), grooming tools, grooming
table, folding chair, and soda pop, and go to your first dog show. Allow
plenty of time for grooming, setting up your gear, and going to the john.
Allow more time for getting lost or driving around trying to figure out
the directions to the show.
When you get there, drive around the building or outdoor show site and
look at the lay of the land; see where the rings are situated, find the
doors to the building that the exhibitors are using, the loading areas,
and so on. Once you find the appropriate place, unload, set up, and you're
on your own. GOOD LUCK!
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Annually Licensed Superintendents
Antypas, William G.
Newort Dog Shows
P.O. Box 7131
Pasadena, CA 91109
Jack Bradshaw Dog Shows
P.O. Box 7303
Los Angeles, CA 90022-0178
2242 London Ave.
Redding, CA 96001
Brown, Norman E.
Brown Dog Shows
P.O. Box 2566
Spokane, WA 99220-2566
Campbell, James M.
Western Dog Shows Ltd.
P.O. Box 3070 MPP
Kamloops, British Columbia
Canada V2C 6B7
Crowe, Thomas J.
P.O. Box 22107
Greensboro, NC 27420-2107
Houser, M. Helen
P.O. Box 420
Quakertown, PA 18951-0420
McNulty Dog Show
1745 Rt. 78
Java Center, NY 01482-9610
Fax 716- 457-9533
Mathews, Ace H.
Ace Mathews Dog Shows
P.O. Box 86130
Portland, OR 97286-0130
Jack Onofrio Dog Shows
P.O. Box 25764
Oklahoma City, OK 73125-0764
Bob Peters Dog Shows
P.O. Box 579
Wake Forest, NC 27588-0579
R & R Dog Shows
P.O. Box 4658
Federal Way, WA 98023-4658
Fax 206-952 8059
Rogers, Kevin B.
Kevin B. Rogers & Assoc.
P.O. Box 230
Hattiesburg, MS 39403
4343½ Burns Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90029
Sleeper, Kenneth A.
Roy Jones Dog Shows
P.O. Box 828
Auburn, IN 46706-0828
8307 E. Camelback Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Jim Rau Dog Shows
P.O. Box 6898
Reading, PA 19610-0898
Fax 610- 376-4939
Show By Show Superintendents
8865 E. Bluefield
Tucson, AZ 85710-4428
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