The official term for dog shows is conformation — as in, the act of conforming or producing conformity. While a dog show may look like a beauty pageant, it’s not. Dogs are not being compared to each other; they’re being measured by how closely they conform to the standard of their particular breed. Why? Because the closer a dog’s appearance is to the breed’s standard, the better that dog’s ability will be to produce puppies that meet the standard.
Who should take one of these classes? Anybody who is a novice (has never shown in conformation or has very limited experience) and has not finished a dog.
- Familiarity with breed standards and their importance
- Reviewing your specific breed standard to evaluate your dog’s faults and positives
- Canine anatomy terminology
- Proper equipment use for exhibiting specific breeds
- Show procedures and attitude
- Movement patterns
- Stacking your dog considering the breed
- Ring appearance
- Good sportsmanship
- Nonverbal signs from judges