Preparing for a fun dog show

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Early summer is prime time for canine dog events - we have the Paws in the Park Spring Show at the South of England Showground in West Sussex (14-15th May); the South Wales Dog and Family Fun Day (30th May) in Cardiff; Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick’s DogFest (18-19th June) in Cheshire; Great Dane rescue’s Fun Dog Event (3rd July) in Redcar, North Yorkshire; and not forgetting the highly anticipated Just Dogs Live event (8-10th July), in Cambridgeshire.

So, what can you expect if you take your canine friend to a fun show?

Classes and events usually include Flyball, show jumping, doggy diving into water and obstacle races, as well as showing classes such as best rescue dog, most handsome dog and prettiest bitch, junior handler, golden oldie and so on. There’s sure to be a class for your favourite doggie pet!

If your inner competitive demons are coming out and you want to win such a class at a fun dog show, canine obedience will be key - so practise basic commands such as sit, lie down, come, and stay. Work on getting your dog’s attention, looking at your face, and use treats to reward the behaviours that you desire. If you fancy taking home a rosette for dog agility, you can practise at home first, setting up weave poles and little jumps using household and garden items.

If you are hoping to achieve showing class placings for a dog in good condition, consider enhancing his health beforehand with a feed supplement that includes coat-boosting ingredients - these include Cod Liver Oil and Evening Primrose Oil, which are naturally rich in Omega-3 and Omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs); Biotin for the formation of skin, hair and nails; MSM to boost keratin and give the skin an elastic quality; Methionine for healthy skin and hair; plus all-important Antioxidants and Vitamins and Minerals. Our Canine Super Coat is ideal - it is a great tasting dry powder that you simply mix in with your dog’s food.

Don’t forget to maximise your chances by using the right dog lead, like the professionals do - small breeds often have an ‘all in one’ style collar with lead; medium sized canines often have a martingale lead, which helps the dog to keep its head held up high; while bigger dogs may have a showing lead - and consider attending local ring-craft classes, if you are serious about a career in the show ring with your dog. Finally - have fun! After all, this is what it is all about!

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