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Succes in the show ring
PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2009 10:12 pm Reply with quote

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Success in the show ring

Ring Etiquette (2002)
Good ring etiquette is a must. There are several important doníts exhibitors should adhere to:
*Donít be intimidated by the judges or by other exhibitors.
*Donít interfere with other handlers or their dogs. Do your job and let them do theirs.
*Donít allow your dog make physical contact with other dogs; it may start a fight.
*Donít crowd the dog ahead of you while moving or standing, but especially when the class is gaiting around the ring.
*Donít create a disturbance with squeakers or other noisy toys to keep your dog alert. It annoys and distracts other exhibitors. Also, it may irritate the judge. If you must use a squeaker, do so only when the judge is looking at your dog, not while he is going over the rest of the class.
*Donít talk to the judge unless you are verifying his instructions or answering a specific question. Some judges use meaningless chitchat to put exhibitors at ease; this is not a cue to start a lengthy conversation.
*Donít volunteer information about your dog.
*Donít help the judge fault your dog. Let him draw his own conclusions. He wonít find all its faults unless you help him.
*Donít mention previous wins or lack of them. Let the judge draw his own conclusions about the quality of your entry. He wonít find all its faults without your help.
*Donít indulge in loud conversations with ringsiders or fellow handlers.
*Donít shout to people outside the ring.
*Donít forget to keep one eye on your dog, one on the official, and one on what the handlers around you are doing.
*Donít be caught napping when the judge gives the class instructions.
*Donít allow your dog to jump at the judge, he may be wearing his best duds.
*Donít jump up and down, yelling like a crazed banshee if your dog wins its class. It may startle, confuse or otherwise upset your dog. Thereís a vast difference between elation and hysteria. Demonstrate a little self-control. Celebrate all you want when the judging is over, and do it outside the ring.
*Donít be sorehead. Thank the judge, even if the ribbon he or she gives you is not the one you wanted. Rudeness pays few dividends. If you are disgruntled at the way an official did his job, you are not required to enter under that person ever again.
*Donít pad the classes for other exhibitors. Stay competitive, or stay home!
*Donít be the type of exhibitor who indulges in obnoxious displays, spoiling the occasion for the other participants. Ill-tempered behavior strongly suggests that the offender should be seeking an alternative form of recreation.
*Donít take losses home. Whatís done is done; fretting about it may give you an ulcer.

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Doníts and Doís as average owner-handler(2002)
*Confuse bad judgment with bad luck.
*Abuse your dog in or out of the ring. A few misguided exhibitors seem to believe that they become invisible immediately after they leave the ring. They donít! Ill-mannered behavior denotes lack of character and it violates the Code of Conduct.
*Heed conflicting opinions- it will drive you nuts.
*Show under breed experts until you know what they like. Specialists are inclined to penalize faults that existed in their own stock and venerate the virtues that eluded them.
*Let the judge see your dog before you enter the ring. He may spot something he doesnít like.
*Flinch over going head-to-head with another competitor; it gives the other guy a leg up on you.
*Be burdened by anticipatory anxiety; meet the competition head on.
*Forget that good preparation leads to good results.
*Take losses home, they become a needless burden. Whatís done is done; fretting over a done deal wastes time and energy.
*Forget that good preparation leads to good results.
*Change your values to accommodate others.
*Stop believing in what youíre doing, or doing what you believe in.

*Develop an ingratiating attitude. The first and last impressions you make on the judge are the most important.
*Be enthusiastic. The amount of enthusiasm with which you present your dog is equally important as the dog itself. Never under estimate the power of persuasion.
*Treat the judges with respect and expect the same in return. You want their opinion, not their abuse.
*Be attentive to the judge. Greet him with a nice smile, as you would and old friend. A smile makes people think they know you.
*Look happy to be there.
*Apologize for mistakes without making excuses. Judges have been there before; they know the score.
*Make sure the judge is watching when you show your dog. If thereís a distraction while youíre being judged Ėwhether itís inside or outside the ring- stop and wait until you have regained the judgeís undivided attention. How well your dog performs counts for zilch unless the judge is watching.
*Remember that most of the time the last thing the judge sees after making his individual examination is the dog moving away, so be on your toes.
*Always move your dog alertly. Judges who are not well acquainted with a particular breed tend to rely on movement to find their winner.
*Keep on sharpening your ring skills. Unless a handler can present his dogís best qualities in two minutes or less, forget it. Thatís all the time heís allowed.
*Keep showing, never assume the class is over until the judge hands out the ribbons.
*Dress appropriately for the show as a courtesy to the judge, even when dressing up is uncomfortable. Thatís part of the price you pay to enter the winnersí circle.
*Show your dog immaculately groomed, even when heís the only entry. Thereís no knowing on who is watching at ringside.
*Protect your dog at all times, in and out of the ring. Dogs are unpredictable, and some exhibitors are far too casual when it comes to controlling their charges.
*Ignore ringside gossip. Most of it is just hot air.
*Leave histrionics at home. Win or lose, be courteous. Showing dogs is a good sport, even if a few exhibitors are not.
*Save you dog at the start of a large class, or Group. Judges make most mistakes when they are fatigued and experiencing impaired judgment. Saving the best Ďtil the last can work in your favor.
*Enjoy yourself. Have a good time; thatís what this is all about.

-Green, Peter & Migliorini, Mario. New Secrets of Successful Show Dog Handling. 2002.
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