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Hello.

I am starting to look at companion dog shows for my dogs, we have never been.

What should I expect and what is expected of me?

When in the ring are the dogs expected to know basic obedience or is it just a "fun" walk around the ring show?

I have been to a couple and they don't seem serious (which is what I like) and the classes are quite laid back, and some of the dogs are crazy!!!!

Could you tell me a bit more about them please?

What your experience was like?

If your dog was well behaved or nutty?

Etc...

Thanks!!

P.S. Sorry about the rant!! x
 

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We go to fun and companion shows with our lot and love them.... be warned they can be quite addictive!
I have always found that the best way is not to take it all too seriously and just have fun. Some people use them as a training ground for "real" open and champ shows, but if you just want a bit of fun enter the classes like prettiest bitch, waggiest tail, or most appealing eyes! You can do more serious pedigree classes too if you want to.
You just need to listen to the judge, watch everyone else and have fun with your dog.
Whatever the outcome, you are taking the best dog home with you and so long as you and your dog enjoy yourselves, it really doesn't matter if you go home without a rosette!
I am organising a fun show in Kent in July (see section on events!) if you want to travel that far!!!
Enjoy yourself whatever you do!
 
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We go to fun and companion shows with our lot and love them.... be warned they can be quite addictive!
I have always found that the best way is not to take it all too seriously and just have fun. Some people use them as a training ground for "real" open and champ shows, but if you just want a bit of fun enter the classes like prettiest bitch, waggiest tail, or most appealing eyes! You can do more serious pedigree classes too if you want to.
You just need to listen to the judge, watch everyone else and have fun with your dog.
Whatever the outcome, you are taking the best dog home with you and so long as you and your dog enjoy yourselves, it really doesn't matter if you go home without a rosette!
I am organising a fun show in Kent in July (see section on events!) if you want to travel that far!!!
Enjoy yourself whatever you do!
Thank you for your help.

For the pedigree shows, do your dogs have to be KC registered?

I'm quite nervous as I don't want to mess up, do the dogs need to know Sit, down, stay commands really well? As our rescue greyhound is quite timid and she doesn't really know many commands as we only just got her, but want to show her whats out there and let her have some fun.

But yeah, we will just have fun, and if my terrier barks and yelps and bounces of the walls...so be it!! As long as they have fun!!!
 
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