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What to Consider When Training Dogs For Showing

Taking Your Dog to a Show

It’s one thing to simply train a dog, and that’s hard enough, but it’s a whole different story when you plan on taking your dog to a show. This means they are the cream of the crop, papers and all. They are well-trained, and we’re not talking the basics or the cute stuff. It’s prim and proper, albeit still cute. Dog shows are very prestigious, so if you don’t have extensive training already yourself, it’s best if you get a little help somewhere along the way.

Eligibility is of course the very first hurdle

Of course, there are plenty of things you can do yourself to get your dog ready for the show.  Eligibility is of course the very first hurdle. After you clear eligibility for your dog, the next thing you might want to do is actually go to some of the shows. Have you already been to some of them? You will get a good feel for what to do that way just by watching, and you and your dog will feel more comfortable there.


What type of leash do you have for your dog? This is a very important step. You’re going to need to be using a good one at the dog show, and your dog needs to get used to it now.Have you heard of ring raft classes? These classes prepare your dog to get show ready, and so that’s just another step you can take as you march forward towards you and your dog’s first show.

While the classes in some ways can be outsourced to the professionals, you are going to be with your dog. That’s why you needed the right leash, and you also need to practice gaiting, otherwise known as trotting. The hand stack is something else your dog needs to learn. You can tell that there is quite a bit of training, but it’s worth it if its what you want to do and you can tell your dog does, too.

You also have to teach your dog about examinations, and you have to bait train him as well.

Do your think you’re up to the task?

As mentioned, it’s a lot, but training your dog is always good, meaning anything you do wouldn’t be at a loss. It means time spent with your dog and helping him be his best.

As long as it’s fun, that’s what counts.


The Dachshund, a Loyal Companion

The Loyal Dachshund

The Dachshund hails from Germany and was originally bred as a badger hunting dog. Dachshunds, often referred to as wiener dogs, are part of the hound family. They have short, muscular legs and a long body, perfect for chasing their prey in tight burrows.

Today, they are mainly bred for pets. The dogs come with three different types of coats- short hair (smooth coat) long haired (silky coat) and wire-haired. The coloring on the them can vary. Some are either red (most common), black, tan cream or bluish gray. The color will depend on the genetic makeup of the parents.

Dachshunds are available in three sizes – standard, miniature and kaninchen (rabbit). Full grown, the dog will weigh between 8 pounds and 32 pounds, depending on the breed. The dog’s eye color is typically brown; however, they can also have amber, green or even blue eyes.


Temperament & Training

Because these small breed were originally bred as hunting dogs, they can be stubborn. Typically, they will enjoy chasing small animals and birds. You can help prevent this by throwing a ball often. They can also be aggressive towards strangers and other dogs. However, once they are trained they are devoted and loyal to their owners.

Dachshunds are social dogs and can experience separation anxieties when left alone. This can lead to chewing of shoes and other items. Putting them in a crate when you are not home can help prevent this issue.

Since dachshunds were originally bred to burrow and track their prey, they enjoy burrowing under blankets and other items in the home. Keep plenty of dog-friendly blankets around to give them items to practice this behavior.

Housebreaking a dachshund can be difficult and will require time and patience. Many owners find that obedience training is needed to avoid and correct inappropriate behaviors. However, once the dog is properly trained, he will be a loyal companion for many years.

Health Considerations

This breed can be prone to spine problems due to its elongated spinal column. Obesity, too much exercise and jumping can cause the dog to develop disk disease. Additionally, dachshunds can have knee problems, vision loss and deafness.

The dachshund is the smallest breed of hounds. They are very intelligent and loyal to their owners. Because the dog is small, he is a perfect choice for apartment dwellers. This child-friendly lovable dog will bring years of enjoyment and love to the life of his owner.