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 ' Showing Your Cavalier'

Welcome to the World of Dog Showing!.....

Before your journey starts, there are a few things I recommend.  First research as much as you can on the breed, meet with breeders (in their homes also not only at dog shows), and preferably visited a few conformation shows.  I also recommend visiting at least one or two Cavalier Specialty Shows and if possible obtain a club yearbook  (if your state club publishes one).

Once you have adopted your first "show potential" Cavalier from a reputable breeder, your journey begins.  I do like to call  puppies show potential as the most promising puppy sometimes does not make the grade for the conformation ring at maturity.

You will need to join you local canine controlling body and obtain a gazette/booklet of conformation hows to be held. Before showing you dog for the first time, visit a few shows to see what goes on in the show ring.  The dog shows are usually divided into groups, and then judged in alphabetical order.  Cavaliers for instance are usually on within the first 15 minutes of the scheduled starting time of the show. Entries usually close 4-5 weeks before the event (with the exception of Royals which have to be
pre-entered much earlier)

Arrive at least 1 hour before the scheduled time of the show, this gives you adequate time to set a space up for yourself and your dog near the ring you will be exhibiting in.  You will also have time to take your dog to the toilet, give him/her a last minute brushing, pick up a catalogue if you have ordered one and have a relaxing coffee.

The steward will call your exhibit number (so it is best to be prepared a few classes before hand, as I have experienced times when a whole class before mine was absent).  If is best to be at ringside, as with 3 calls of your number you are automatically classed as being absent. It is also best to watch the classes/breeds on before you so you can see which show ring procedure the judge is using.

Always show your dog on your left hand side (so the judge can get a good view of your dog).

When returning to the judge, make your dog stand in the best position. Sometimes you may have to get the dog to take a few steps forward after stopping.

Move the dog, as the judge requests.

Remember your dog is always on show, even if the judge isn't looking as some will glance back to see the dog in its natural pose.

Show Ring Patterns

Judges usually do different sequences but they usually consist of the following:

* Around the Ring

* Out and Back

* The Triangle

Around The Ring

    Around the ring is one of the easiest patterns.
    The ring is square and you move the dogs
    you move the dogs around in a circular
    pattern.  After doing the circular pattern
    you will stop where the judge has requested.
    In larger classes the judge may ask you to
    go around the ring twice. With this ring
    pattern the judge can see the movement of
    your dog, his/her topline and how they
    move compared to the rest of the class.
    Leave a small distance between you and the
    dog in front.



Out and Back

    You will move your dog away from the
    judge, then with a smooth curve make your
    way back.  This pattern is so the judge can
    see the dog on the move coming and going.
    In this procedure the judge can see various
    things as an example, on the way out he can
    view the the position of the hocks when on
    the move.



    The Triangle

    In this procedure you move the dog away
    from the judge.  This gives the judge a clear
    view of the dogs rear straight on. It is best
    to move out further distance than out and
    back. Then as you turn across the ring, this is
    showing the judge the dogs movement from
    the side.  On coming back to the judge, he
    is looking  at the movement of the dog
    coming towards him.


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