Everyone who knows you knows your dog. They know how much you love it and just how talented it is, mainly because you can’t stop gushing about it. But wouldn’t you like a chance for you to let a wider audience know of its greatness? Its talent, its adorability, its discipline, its beauty and the very reason you are proud to call it your own. This is where dog shows become your favorite event of the year except of course your dog’s birthday.
Dog shows give an opportunity for your dog to become as famous as it can be. Usually dog shows are held at the local level. Your dog is judged by leading experts in the field, in a large number of categories. The format of a dog show is usually so that the competition is fair. The participants are divided based on their size, that is, small, medium and large. Small dogs typically include breeds like Chihuahuas, Pugs, etc. Pomeranians, Labradors and the like constitute medium dogs. St. Bernards, Great Danes are judged under large dogs. The age limit for the participants is provided beforehand. The owners need to be aware of their dog’s idea weight for its size and age. There are various events that are simultaneously being judged during dog shows
Every event has its own specific criterion. The jury consists of professional dog trainers, veterinarians, etc. each of them renowned in their own fields. The participants are expected to comply with all the rules and regulations provided to them prior to the competition to avoid any misunderstandings or arguments during or after the competition. The results of the competitions are binding on the participants and not subject to questioning whatsoever. While at the same time, the judges are expected to be unbiased and unacquainted to any of the participants. Any attempt at tampering with the results is met with disqualification or even ban from participation in future events.
The dog is judged on a variety of aspects. The physical appearance is one such aspect. The dog is thoroughly examined for any anomalies. It is expected to have a clean shining coat, proportionate weight to height to age, spotless eyes, teeth, ears and paws including nails. The build of the dog and the proportionate head are also given importance when the dog is judged. The general active and graceful demeanor as executed by the dog is also considered when awarded points by the respected jury.
Not only appearances, but dogs are also judged on their discipline, agility, talent etc. the dog’s acceptance of the owners commands shows its obedience skills. Successful completion of pre-determined obstacle courses judges the dog’s ability and skills. There is a segment where a dog that possesses some unique talent, gets an opportunity to display such talents and get rewarded. The dog is also judged on self-control and its form while running and walking. The ease with which the owner can communicate with the dog and the level of understanding between the two is also appreciated. Quirky dogs or dogs in costumes is another category in which dogs can be judged.
The winning participants are usually awarded with a trophy. It might be in conjunction with monetary awards. Sometimes the dog is gifted with its own prize. Brands that provide dog food and accessories are often sponsors of dog shows. They too can award the winners with their company’s products. This is a win-win situation for both as the sponsoring company also gains popularity. The winners get special recognition among the peers and the confidence to participate in dog shows at a larger scale. Beyond that the owners and dogs have an increased love and trust towards each other.
Dog shows are also a platform for potential dog sellers and buyers to interact. The crowd that comes to witness such an event is oftentimes interested in acquiring dogs. A large variety of dogs are available for the buyers. Puppies or grownups of multiple breeds are present for one to have a firsthand experience with. The dogs can either be adopted or bought based on the seller’s wishes. Children are especially attracted to such stalls. Sometimes other pet animals are also available to the interested customers. Birds, fish, rabbits and hamsters are commonly seen at such events ready to be taken home. Pet food, accessories and posters are also commonly sold at dog shows.
Dog shows are not only a good source of entertainment for the participants but also for the multitudes of people who come just to witness the event. The importance of dog shows is also that it aids in creating awareness among dog owners about how best to take care of their pet pooches. It gives a chance to dog lovers who cannot own dogs to see them at their best. Also, the general masses enjoy the displays of dog’s proficiencies and can sometimes aid in increasing their popularity as a replacement to fear. Dog owners get a chance to widen their circle of acquaintances among people with similar interests. The dogs also get a chance to interact with their peers and maybe even find potential mates.