Ok everyone, i am aboutto give it a go.
Atlas, my 7 month old Bullterrier is entered in a show in 3 weeks time, his breeder was going to take him in, but i have decided to do it.

The only thing is, i have no idea what to do!!
Any advice on showing and grooming would be greatly appreciated!!

Cin

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Ok everyone, i am aboutto give it a go. Atlas, my 7 month old Bullterrier is entered in a show ... only thing is, i have no idea what to do!! Any advice on showing and grooming would be greatly appreciated!!

Grooming's easy...bathe him a day or two before the show, make sure his nails are trimmed.
Handling...I hope you've done it before or at least practiced! Basically, if you have breeds judging before you go in, WATCH THE PROS!! I have learned so much from watching "handler breeds." Make sure you are always showing your dog when you are in the ring, not chitchatting with others. Your dog will look better and you can keep him entertained. Minimize his faults. For example, my puppy is "hocky" right now, so I angle his hocks to the spectators and his front in, so when the judge glances up, she can't see his rear Emotion: wink

Emily Carroll
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Grooming's easy...bathe him a day or two before the show, make sure his nails are trimmed. Handling...I hope you've done it before or at least practiced!

We do obediance every sunday for 3 hours and i practice it at home as well. He is pretty good for a 7 month old
Your dog will look better and you can keep him entertained. Minimize his faults. For example, my puppy is "hocky" right now, so I angle his hocksto the spectators and his front in, so when the judge glances up, she can'tsee his rear Emotion: wink

Do i have to put him into a stand? I see photos of Bull terriers and they are all in the same stance, do i have to move him or is it just whatever he does?
Sorry to be a pain
cin
Do i have to put him into a stand? I see photos of Bull terriers and they are all in the same stance, do i have to move him or is it just whateverhe does?

My breed is typically free-baited, but I do hand stack my puppy. He sets up better that way and he's not as likely to move. He's gonna have a rock-solid obedience stand/stay once he gets over the wiggles.

(This is conformation, right?) You want to teach him to set himself up, and you also want to teach him that four-square is how he should naturallystand. You want to teach him to stand still for the judge going over him, and to let you put his feet where you want to. It's really quite easy once you get the hang of it. Most of it's work that you do at home with treats anyways Emotion: smile

Emily Carroll
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Ok everyone, i am aboutto give it a go. Atlas, my 7 month old Bullterrier is entered in a show ... thing is, i have no idea what to do!! Any advice on showing and grooming would be greatly appreciated!! Cin

Cin
Practice stacking him as you see in books and mags or as you see other handlers stack their dogs. Work on him staying in his stack and if he moves a foot, put it back. Do this every day until he can hold a stack as long as you wish.
Work on moving him out a little way, turning and going back to stand in front of the judge as you would if you were in the ring. Sometimes the judge will ask you to take him down, across part of the ring and back in a triangle. Work on both.
Make sure you have a good show lead and use it when training him for the show ring. You will use a different collar and lead when obedience training etc.
Don't baby talk or play with him in the ring. He will learn this is different from general walking or playing. This is biz! Emotion: wink I preferred to always train my dogs rather than have them looking for bait all the time. Besides it's less for me to worry about carrying. Ask others to go over him while he holds a stack and doesn't nuzzle or sniff them. It's important to not have him try to mess with the judge when he's in the ring.
Bathe him a day before the show. This will give his coat a chance to "settle down" before the big day. Trim his nails and shave off his whiskers. Clean his ears. Make sure his teeth are clean.
Give yourself LOTS of time to reach the show ground and setup! Remember just finding a parking space and walking all your stuff to your ring area might take half an hour or more. If you can, buy or make a pullalong cart to stack all your stuff on. Saves dragging your dog and carrying a bunch of stuff. Put him in his crate, put the crate on the cart and stack everything else on top and around it. Keep tight with bungie cords. Don't forget to put your car lights off and lock it if you arrive early in the morning before light.
When you arrive at the show ground, find out where your ring will be and setup all your stuff close enough if possible so you can keep an eye on the ring.
Make a list of things you will need and keep it in a box which you will take to every show. A good grooming box can be made out of old cosmetic cases women used to carry.Take, water from home for your dog, a bowl, a brush, a crate, a puppy pen if you like (covered), a folding chair for yourself. Drinks and sandwiches for yourself. Breakfast goodies and coffee if it's early. Paper cups, plates, towels and toilet tissue in case things are scarce at the show ground. Dog food if you are staying overnight. Take his favourite toy to keep him occupied while in his puppy pen. A blanket for him to lie on. An umbrella which hooks to your chair or a portable four-post tent will be necessary if it's hot and no shade in the area.

Place a blanket over the top of the puppy pen to shade your dog. Take clothes pins to keep it from blowing away. Hide all your belongings when not at your setup or in the ring. Don't leave your purse etc. lying about on the ground. Keep your setup place neat and you won't be hunting about for stuff in a hurry.
All your grooming stuff - ie, brushes, clean cloths to rub him down if he should get grass stains etc. Rub a damp cloth over him and clean his eyes if necessary, then dry him before doing into the ring. Also make sure he goes potty before entering the ring if possible. Teach him to go on command. All dogs can learn to do this.
Get your armband number from the ring steward well before your class is called.
Walk smartly into the ring. Drop to your knees when the line stops and stack your dog AS SOON AS YOU CAN! This is important. Keep him in a stack! The judge has very little time to get a quick look at all the dogs in the first lineup. If you are rolling around on the ground fighting to get control of your dog, he won't keep looking but will look at those who are already stacked.
When you are asked to move around the ring, follow the one in front and don't stop too close to the dog in front which will make that handler and dog upset and your dog will be too interested in sniffing the dog in front. Leave some space. Don't let your dog "visit" with others in or out of the ring.
Don't wear outrageous clothes in the ring. Dress to compliment your dog and neatly. Remember you will be getting up and down a lot so a mini skirt and heels might be lots of fun for the audience but the judge won't like it! I'm sure I have forgotten much, but the above should help you get started. And remember, practice, practice, practice.
And I LOVE your breed!
Good luck!
EGD
Ok everyone, i am aboutto give it a go. Atlas, my 7 month old Bullterrier is entered in a show ... only thing is, i have no idea what to do!! Any advice on showing and grooming would be greatly appreciated!!

I'm so new at this stuff as well, but I'll give you the best tips I've gotten
so far from people with a TON more experience than myself! :-)
1) He's a puppy, make sure it's FUN for him. Especially if you'rehoping to show him beyond finishing his championship. Make it FUN for the both of you. If you are stressed and frustrated, try hard to not let it show. I know that I have a breed that is very sensitive to my own emotions, which makes it tough sometimes. Pop a mint into your mouth before going into the ring, sometimes that will help (just don't choke on it! :-))
2) Grooming needs are so different for each breed. While I have a very"natural" breed (little fuss, muss, and trimming), there is still work to be done. Things like this are best learned from handlers in your breed, and breeders who handle their own dogs. Find a nice person (preferably your own dogs breeder, since they should be the most familiar with their own dogs' and the faults & finer points of their lines) to help you. Basically have them walk you through the entire grooming process. Here, Bullterriers are also a pretty natural breed as well, wash & wear. However, the whites are generally chalked to keep them looking crisp & clean. If you have a primarily white dog, ask your breeder about this. (a friend of mine shows & breeds mini bullterriers, CUTE dogs!)
3)Gaiting. Have a friend who can recognize the difference between whenyour dog is gaiting, and when they are pacing. Much of it has to do with your own stride. You can watch in a mirror, but if you can't tell the difference,
it won't be much help. (Note: Generally, if watching from the side, the front & hind legs meet at the feet, he's gaiting. If the two feet one one side are moving parallel with each other, he's pacing)
4)It goes FAST once you're in the ring. Try to have your pup "ready" forthe judge as much as your can. It's important to be able to have your dog learn to self-stack, but also should be accustomed to having you stack them as well. Some judges will ask you to to allow a self-stack, so listen & keep
your hands off! :-) Learn the proper, quick way to "show the bite". Some
judges will do this themselves, so be sure your pup is okay with people touching his muzzle. Others will ask you to show them yourself. Keep your
head out of the way, you don't need to see his teeth (hopefully you have looked at them long before this time! :-)), but the judge does. Make it as quick and painless as possible to keep the dog from getting agitated. And, don't treat him right before doing so. However, once the teeth are done, if you need to treat, do it now while the judge is going over his body
and especially the testicles.
You have to learn to watch your dog, watch the dog in front of you (hopefully,
being new, you'll have another handler/dog in front of you to follow! :-)), and
most importantly, watch the judge. It's tricky at first, but you'll get used to it.
That way you won't miss the judge's cue when they point at you for your placement! :-)
5)Have a person ring-side (or another handler) tell you if you need to stayin or leave the ring if you've placed. I've found this to be the most confusing
part! I usually have a friend that will point for me to leave or stay in for
a ribbon. When I'm outside, I can watch the placements with no trouble, but if I'm in the ring, I can't keep track of anything but the dog. Funny, but true!
6)This is my own personal pet peeve: If you manage to place and get yourphoto taken, look at your DOG, not the camera! :-)
7) Oh yeah, HAVE FUN!!! It's a dog show, not the world peace treatysigning. If you make it fun, it will show in your dog's attitude. Shelly (learning all of this stuff herself!) & The Boys
Bathe him a day before the show. This will give his coat a chance to"settle down" before the big day. Trim his nails and shave off his whiskers.

just curious, but why would you shave off his whiskers? i've never seen anything about whiskers in a breed standard...
-kelly
Some breeds show with whiskers, and some breeds without. In a breed that MUST be presented naturally.. the whiskers better be there.
Don't wear outrageous clothes in the ring. Dress to compliment your dog and neatly. Remember you will be getting up and down a lot so a mini skirt and heels might be lots of fun for the audience but the judge won't like it!

Hey, there are some judges who would love a pretty girl in heels and a mini. Emotion: wink

-Abby
Pems, Aussie, and a Pug
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