Putting on the Finishing Touches at the Show

When you arrive on the show grounds, you're likely to see a lot of confusing activity. There'll be people rushing about with their dogs on leads, people trying to do some last-minute grooming, and people just taking in the sights.

Arrive early at the dog show site. Finding the ring you're in (which should be printed on the judging schedule you should've received in the mail before the show), getting your armband for identification, and checking in with the ring steward (the person in charge of checking everyone in and making sure each round goes as scheduled) take a lot of time.

If you have enough time, you can stake out a place to groom your dog in the designated grooming area. Sometimes — but not always — these areas are assigned to certain breeds, so look for a place where your breed may be. If there's a space where you can set up your table and finish grooming, great! Otherwise, use any place you can find (even out in the parking lot, as long as it's not raining or too cold).

Dog Owners Handbook

Dog Owners Handbook

There are over a hundred registered breeds of dogs. Recognizing the type of the dog is basically associated with its breed. A purebred animal belongs to a documented and acknowledged group of unmixed lineage. Before a breed of dog is recognized, it must be proven that mating two adult dogs of the sametype would have passed on their exact characteristics, both appearance and behavior, to their offspring.

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