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Beginner's Guide to Showing Dogs
I am also especially interested in what topics about dog showing you would like to know more about. In the coming days, I will also put up a site that deals with the issue of handling your dog in the show ring.
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Welcome to the world of showing dogs! I am so happy to greet you to the world of showing dogs. I am terribly excited and humbled that you have chosen to read this page, and hope that if you are new to dog shows, then this page can be of help to you. The world of the dog showing is an interesting place to be. You can be a complete new person in the dog world and still able to compete with some of the top in the “business” and win. For most of us, however, showing dogs is not a business, but our true love and hobby in life.
You may only want to show your dog once a year, or at the other extreme, every weekend. Whatever the case, you will be welcomed to the dog show scene.
On behalf of Bluegrace Portuguese Water Dogs, can I welcome each and every one of you who want to learn more about showing dogs.
There is a lot you will need to learn, but there are many people who will be able to help you. You will learn over time that like any part of society there are some absolutely wonderful people in the dog world, and then there are some others. Hopefully, we can help guide you to those people who are going to make you a success in the dog show scene, regardless of what your definition of success is.
What you will need to do first:
Another tipPlease be wary, you can pay as much for a good dog as what you can for an ordinary dog. Some breeders appear to be "great", but when you dig a little more, you’ll find that they just happen to have the funds to advertise than most.
MentoringYou want to meet with someone who is prepared to mentor you. Everyone needs at least one mentor. You may want to even join the dogmentor email list, specifically set up for this purpose.
CostIt does cost money to enter every dog show. This may range from $5 to $50 depending on which country you are in. Then there are the expenses involved in traveling to those shows and getting your dog ready.
Do I have to breed?You may want to show dogs but not breed those dogs. This is very common, and becoming more and more popular as people realize that breeding dogs comes with a lot of responsibilities and is not necessarily an easy thing to do. Breeding dogs well also requires a large financial investment, which in the vast majority of cases, breeders do not even coming close to recouping the losses.
Here’s a few more tips to get you going:
I know you probably have plenty more questions. Over the next few weeks I will endeavour to answer them in the form of additional pages. That way you don't have to solely rely on my time to provide you with help. In the interim, please feel free to email me.
From here, click to our next page on actually handling dog in the show ring.
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