Training and practical exercises to perfection, of course, important, but not enough. Without special training dogs for competition, you may get a dog that “knows” that she is in the ring and changes its behavior. This happened to my first dog, which I played at a high level. It worked fine in the first event, but gradually it became half as well as in training. And when I finally realized that we were in trouble, it was too difficult to handle.
Now training dogs to work on the competition is a large part of our training. There are different aspects of the competition, which can work separately. Most of them can be practiced with a puppy or young dog. Here are some things that you need to work out before the competition:
Prepare your dog for long work without encouragement. The biggest difference between training and competition is usually thatwe are much more likely to encourage a dog in training. It makes our dogs are smart, understanding the difference between “in the ring” and “beyond the ring”. Continue reading