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Topic: Preparing huskies for broods and exhibitions.

As the brood or exhibition approaches, each pet shop owner, like any dog ​​lover, naturally raises the question: how best to prepare your pet and where to start? Indeed, the place in the ring and the assessment of the exterior sometimes depend on the degree of preparation and condition of the dog, on its appearance. I would divide the entire preparation of huskies for a brood or exhibition into 3 stages.

Stage I preparation (1.5-2 months before the brood, exhibition). First of all, the dog must be in "exhibition" condition. If in the process of hunting, at a constant significant physical load, huskies, as a rule, look rather thin, that is, are in working condition, then at the brood or exhibition the dog should be without signs of thinness, moderately well-fed, but in no case beefy and not overweight. Fattening or obesity is a harmful phenomenon for both a young and an adult dog. As a rule, this is the reason for the failure of the back and, due to the great physical load on the limbs, their curvature or improper positioning. Such a dog has a difficult move, it quickly gets tired and will be a poor helper on the hunt. In an adult dog, obesity adversely affects not only its exterior data, but also on the offspring. A burnt male is a poor producer, from such a dog, as a rule, bitches remain empty. A fat bitch has a heavy miscarriage, a small weak litter. Thus, the condition of the dog plays a significant role in breeding, and therefore, the most serious attention should be paid to feeding.

In the practice of refereeing at broods and exhibitions, I quite often had a dog with high exterior qualities to give a rating much lower than what she really deserves, and all because of excessive fattening, and, believe me, at the same time you worry, maybe more than the owner himself, although he is to blame. In dogs prone to fullness, it is necessary to exclude cereals from the diet or to reduce cereals, preferring vegetables and fish, and vice versa, to worse, to increase the dose of cereals.

Do not forget physical fitness. Few moving dogs grow lethargic, with loose muscles and poorly developed breasts. In order for your dog to be lively, lively, physically well developed, pay more attention to walking, especially with enhanced nutrition.

The next important factor in preparing a dog is its ability to walk on a leash and display a bite. The dog should walk next to the lead, pulling the leash slightly. It is sometimes difficult to objectively evaluate the exterior qualities of a dog, which, choking and wheezing, almost crawls around the ring. This is an omission of the owners themselves.

How much work and time sometimes has to be spent so that the bite is examined by members of the expert commission. This is also the omission of the owners. And you need to train this dog in advance, slowly, in a relaxed atmosphere.

II stage preparation (a few days before the brood, exhibition). The main indicator of a husky, like, perhaps, of no other breed, is the condition of the coat. A well-dressed husky looks very impressive. Not only the assessment of the exterior, but also the tribal use depends on how she is dressed. If the dog sheds during the exhibition period, with proper care, the coat can be kept in good condition. First of all, it is necessary to comb out the fallen hair with a comb, but not to the extent that skin areas are exposed. It is not recommended to wash the dog just before the show itself, since the resulting pubescence only spoils its appearance. To give the coat a characteristic shine, it is good to use small peat crumb as a litter (at the enclosure), if this is not possible, it is enough to carefully rub the coat with newspaper or cloth on the eve of the exhibition. In many huskies, the molting process is quite rapid and falls on the period of the summer exhibition. Then it does not make sense to exhibit a dog; its display should be postponed for the winter period.

Make sure your dog is healthy. If you suspect a disease, you should consult your veterinarian for advice. And, of course, do not bring a flowing bitch to the exhibition.

III stage. On the day of departure for a brood or exhibition, in no case do not overfeed the dog, and best of all limit yourself to feeding the night before. A very ugly picture is sometimes observed at the exhibition, when the owner is forced to leave the ring to give his dog a chance to walk, and often the dog recovers right there, directly in the ring, thereby messing it up. Involuntary withdrawals from the ring impede the work of the expert commission. To avoid this, it’s enough for 15-20 minutes before the ring starts to walk the dog. Some dog stalls bring their dogs to the show in cars. It should be noted that many dogs are difficult to tolerate such trips, especially if they are taken from remote areas of the region or even from other regions. A long trip adversely affects the condition of the dog. She becomes lethargic, spreads her tail, her ears are flailing. To avoid this, the dog should be brought in a few hours before the work of the rings, and preferably a day earlier, thereby giving her the opportunity to relax and recover.

V. Kurilkin, expert dog handler of the All-Russian category
“Hunting and hunting economy” No. 5 - 1997

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Re: Preparation of huskies for broods and exhibitions

Judging Ethics

In contrast to the breeding methods adopted in animal husbandry, the sporting principle is of great importance in hunting dog breeding, which is expressed, in particular, in the fact that selection and evaluation of breeding stock is carried out at exhibitions and trials, in a festive and festive atmosphere as a mass event. The sports system is encouraged by the adopted reward system: owners of the best dogs are awarded prizes, dogs are awarded classiness, medals, tokens, champion titles, etc. This system stimulates the work, attracts and interests people, but at the same time complicates the examination, introducing it into it sometimes excessive passions based on the personal interests of dog owners.

Unfortunately, in many hunter societies educational work is still poorly delivered. At the exhibition, and even in the ring, exhibitors often appear drunk, rude, insult experts, and defiantly lead dogs out of the ring. Such phenomena are often ignored, they are not discussed, penalties are not imposed on the perpetrators, they are allowed to participate in the following exhibitions or trials.

The exhibitors often doubt not only the integrity of the expert, but also the eye-assessment system adopted at our exhibitions. To ignorant people in this area, it seems that the expert is not limited in his work and that he can give assessments at his own discretion, although in fact he is placed within the narrow framework of the approved standards, examination procedures and rules for exhibitions and tests.

Often during the examination, dog breeders who look at everything from the point of view of the interests of their dogs insult the expert. The shallow struggle of pride is either the result of poor upbringing, or sincere love for your dog, which, of course, is “the best, most intelligent. »All this complicates the examination. Various technical reasons also complicate it: poor organization of the exhibition, tight, unequipped rings, a very large number of dogs evaluated by one expert, etc. However, usually the examination is successful, and most experts enjoy great authority and trust, which, of course, has many obliges.

The role of experts in hunting dog breeding is honorable and responsible. Thousands of hunters every year at exhibitions and trials trust them with the fate of their four-legged pets, the evaluation of the work on their cultivation, education and training. Skillfully and carefully studying dogs for many years, evaluating and selecting them at exhibitions and trials, the expert directs the further development and improvement of the breed. That is why he is not called simply a judge. His role at present is not limited to awarding prizes and awards to dogs, as was done before: it is much more responsible, and the work carried out is deeper and more serious. The expert must determine the level and quality of the breed, the value of each dog and indicate its place in the breeding system.

The experience and knowledge of the breed over a number of generations allows the expert to “feel” the breed and notice the slightest changes that occur in it. A good expert “always with a breed”, he sees dogs not only once a year, at an exhibition or at a trial, but participates in the section, helps in drawing up plans, advises breeders, trains young experts. That should be a real expert.

The rules of exhibitions and tests, as well as the examination procedure, speak of the technique of their implementation. These issues are covered in specialized literature, studied in courses. It is more difficult to state ethical standards, since it is difficult to foresee all situations that may arise during the examination.

A cultural, principled and disciplined expert will always find the right way out of any situation.

However, the expert’s ethics consists of his behavior not only during the examination, but also outside the ring. The behavior of an expert outside the ring should contribute to the creation of his authority and trust in him on the part of public organizations and dog breeders. And here it is appropriate to recall the words of M. I. Kalinin: “The most powerful means to strengthen authority is an excellent knowledge of one’s business.” An expert must tirelessly improve his knowledge, not be satisfied with what has been achieved and not assume that "I already know everything." Without expanding his knowledge by deeply studying special canine and zootechnical literature, studying the experience of other experts and constantly working with the breed in which he specializes, the most experienced expert lags behind and becomes a craftsman with a limited outlook. The author recently had to talk with an old and experienced expert.

“I already forgot when I looked at the standards and rules of exhibitions,” he said proudly.

Is it correct? Of course not. There is nothing to be proud of! For an examination, as for a complex and responsible work, it is necessary to prepare both a young and an old expert. Each time before the examination, it is necessary to repeat the rules of exhibitions or tests, the examination methodology, standards, think through all the details of the standards, outline and consider a plan for the work.

We often talk about personal taste, intuition, intelligence, intuition - all these are necessary and good qualities, they need to be educated and strengthened, but most importantly deep knowledge. And, of course, you need to love dogs, especially the breed that the expert specializes in.

In daily work, when meeting with dog hunters, the expert should not "broadcast", predetermining the results of the examination in advance. As a result of peremptory predictions, dog owners who received a different rating, especially a lower one, referring to the predictions of reputable experts, create an unhealthy atmosphere at the shows. Close to this is the so-called "criticism behind the rope." An expert who does not conduct an examination at a given exhibition or test should be neutral, not enter into any critical reviews of his colleague’s work in the ring. This does not mean that we are against criticism, we advise "not to take litter out of the hut", to fight "for the honor of the uniform", etc. Not at all.

Only in the context of comradely criticism can disputes arise, find the right solutions, correct a comrade, develop a unified view of a number of problems and questions. But all this must be done not at the exhibition, but in a panel of experts, one of the main tasks of which is to improve knowledge and methods of examination. Drawing experts into appeals around the ring, appeals to them should not be seen as a desire to establish the truth, but as an unethical attempt to compromise your comrade and gain cheap credibility.

The behavior during the examination in the ring is made up of the relationship of the experts with each other and with the exhibitors. The work of expert teams should be based on mutual trust and the correct attitude to each other. The expert establishes the order of work and assigns members of the board. The treatment of members of the collegium of the lower category by a senior expert should be friendly in nature, without an offensive peremptory and rude or instructive tone.

Working in the ring with an experienced expert is the best school for youth. Therefore, the direct responsibility of the expert to make every effort to ensure that his young colleague received the most in-depth knowledge, borrowed work experience. If the senior expert works on his own, he must explain his actions to the members of the board, without leaving them indifferent to what is happening in the ring. When the younger members of the college carry out his task, if necessary, he should correct them correctly during the work, and not emphasize and demonstrate their mistakes. In turn, the young members of the board should not forget that the main task in the ring is not their training, but the conduct of an examination. Therefore, it is not necessary to ask a lot of unnecessary questions distracting from work, to make various assumptions about the placement and evaluation of dogs, if this is not given a special task, and to place dogs without the instructions of a senior expert. All puzzled and controversial issues should be resolved during the break or after the examination. The relations of experts in the ring between themselves should be strictly official, without a shadow of familiarity, and, of course, quarrels in the ring are completely unacceptable.

The expert must remember that he is under strict and picky control, not to give reasons for being suspected of sympathy for individual exhibitors. There should be an even, polite and calm attitude towards exhibitors. You can’t quarrel, argue with them, be rude, raise your voice, yank, make fun of, etc. It’s also unacceptable to have a familiar appeal to them with “you,” by name, etc. A frivolous and inattentive attitude to one’s duties, expressed a superficial examination of even the worst dogs is incompatible with the ethics of the examination. If during the examination for any reason a mistake was made, it is not recommended to defend it “out of principle”. This mistake should be immediately corrected, and the prestige and authority of the expert will not be diminished at all.

The expert himself has no right to be personally interested in the results of the examination. Only an expert who has no personal interests during the examination can enjoy confidence. We know cases when experts gave high marks to puppies from a dog belonging to them, and then the dog received a high score "for offspring" and went to the elite. Is this position compatible with the high rank of expert? Of course not. “A judge cannot be a member.” This is provided for in the rules of the exhibition, but the qualification commissions still have to deal with the analysis of such unethical actions of experts.

It happens that when evaluating and describing the descendants of their producers, an expert leaves the ring, turns his back on the dogs and entrusts the description and assessment to the members of the board. This is reminiscent of the actions of an ostrich, which hides its head, but remains visible. After all, dogs by this time are placed, and each dog is in a certain group, which means that the rating is predetermined. No matter how the expert turns away and hides his head, he is no longer a judge, but passes into the category of participants. Such actions undermine any confidence not only in the expert, but also in the whole event and the organization that suits him.

An expert cannot allow even a slight overvaluation. Usually "good-natured" experts either do not clearly understand the standard forms of the breed and the examination methods, or are simply not completely conscientious. Less common "mean" experts holding assessments are equally unprincipled. The expert must be accurate in evaluations. Only then will its authority be high and undeniable.

Nothing drops the authority of an expert and undermines confidence in him, as his appearance at an exhibition or during a drunken trial. Unfortunately, the materials of the All-Union Qualification Commission, which analyzes and discusses the mistakes of experts of only the All-Union qualifications, as well as of the republican commissions and regional colleges, indicate that these cases still exist. Experts who are intoxicated should not be allowed to be examined, such cases should be the material for the most rigorous conclusions of the qualification commissions.

Of great importance for the authority of the expert is a well-prepared and timely submitted report on the examination. Poor and hastily compiled report or its untimely delivery should be considered as an unfair attitude to their duties. It is unlikely that an expert who made a poor report, sent it a year after the examination or did not pass it at all, will be invited for the second time to conduct an examination.

The appearance of an expert should not be neglected. Sports referees wear uniforms. We do not have this form. Maybe it's time to think about its introduction? We do not judge people by their clothes, but we should never forget that clothes to a certain extent discipline a person. The expertly and loudly dressed, and even more so dirty, unshaven and sloppy dressed expert does not cause trust and sympathy among exhibitors.

In a journal article, it is difficult to reflect all the tasks facing experts. There are many, they are diverse. But all of them require experts to respect the established traditions and ethical standards, excellent knowledge of their work, fundamental and fair decisions. It is hoped that Soviet experts will always enjoy great respect and trust from the wider cynological community.

A. Mazover, expert dog handler of the All-Union category
Hunting and hunting economy №10 - 1970

The importance of preparing the dog for the show

It is very difficult and responsible to work as an expert in evaluating dogs, such a person needs not only increased attention, but also deep knowledge of the characteristics of the pedigree characteristics of dogs and their composition. Unfortunately, this assessment work is often complicated by the fact that the owners of the dogs themselves are not familiar or for some reason ignore the rules for conducting such an assessment, and bring their pets to the ring not prepared. It is not surprising that such dogs receive low marks, and the owners themselves are disappointed and regret the time spent and that their dog did not take prizes. Although, if they had prepared properly, everything could have turned out quite differently. And precisely on how to make things work out differently, how to prepare your dog for participation in such an important event, our next point will tell.
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Factory condition of the dog to participate in the exhibition

The condition of the dog must be factory

As a rule, the majority of healthy dogs, subject to their full and healthy diet, compliance with the rules regarding the conditions of keeping and regular training, have factory conditions. They have well-developed muscles, there is a small fat layer that smooths the protrusions of the bones of their skeleton. The coat of such a dog looks well-groomed and shiny. AND it is such a condition when the dog looks that way - healthy and well-groomed, it is considered to be the most favorable for the use of this dog in breeding. And, to show the dog in such a condition, its owners should strive, who want their pet to not only participate in exhibitions, but also win.
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How to improve the condition of the dog

If you properly maintain your dog, follow all the necessary recommendations regarding care for it, then you do not need to make any special preparations for the exhibition for your pet. The only thing that is allowed is to put the dog in improved conditions for feeding and keeping at the end of the hunting season. For this

the pet will need to be transferred to 3 meals a day, slightly increase portions, and add to the main diet 100 grams of meat, 150 grams of cereal porridge, 200 grams of bread, 150 grams of vegetables and 40 grams of fish oil in the cold season.

In parallel with this, it will be necessary to provide the dog with the proper exercise - it should be more often and for a long time for a walk. With such enhanced and proper care, a healthy dog ​​that has lost its condition can be returned to its previous shape in 1-1.5 months. If the dog is severely exhausted, you will need a little more time for this.

It takes at least 2 months to bring a female dog into exhibition form after she has whelped (here you can read about caring for a female dog). To do this, you will also need to add 50 grams of meat and bone or bone meal to the above diet. However, we hasten to remind you that if you have a long-haired bitch, then when she starts to retreat and get better, then she will begin a period of intense molting, and the dog will remain undressed until the next season of molting.

When she has a new coat, she will need to be cleaned and combed regularly only then the coat will be resilient and shiny and become an adornment of your animal.
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Features of preparation for participation in the exhibition of wire-haired dogs

The most difficult thing to prepare for participation in the exhibition is a wire-haired dog, in particular, representatives of the Fox Terrier breed. Their coarse bristles need special care - trimming, which must be carried out at different times on the basis of such a calculation so that the dog could have the best show shape for the show - it had the required length.
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Dog Coat Preparation

Immediately on the day of the exhibition or just before the ring, the dog must be thoroughly cleaned and combed. The hair in the area of ​​the mustache and beard will need to be combed in the right direction. By the way do not wash your dog on the eve of the show - then the coat will look dull and not tight to the body, and if you have a long-haired dog, it may even start curling. It is better to arrange such a bathing day for the dog 5-6 days before the exhibition, and then just make sure that the dog remains clean.
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Collar and leash selection

Also, we would recommend that you pay special attention to the choice of leash and collar, in which you are going to take your dog to the ring. The collar should not cover or hide the lines of the neck of the animal, but on the contrary, a little deflated it should emphasize its beautiful lines, elasticity and dryness of the tissues. If you select a coarse and wide collar, then it will close the bends of the neck, collect wrinkles at the larynx and the dog’s neck will seem too short and loaded. If you tighten the collar tightly, the neck will distort the shape of the head and make it cheekbone, and the dog will always feel discomfort. Therefore, it is better to use a special leather or metal noose with a limiter, which would allow to fix the tension of such a collar.

It is forbidden and considered a bad manners rule to bring an animal to the ring in a strict collar, since it restricts the freedom of movement of dogs and reduces the manifestations of its temperament.

The leash for the dog itself must be flexible and light, and its length should be at least 1.5 meters. This will allow the owner not to block the dog from experts, but to stand freely on the side.
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Initial Inspection

Dog must be calm during the show

Initial examination by experts of dogs is carried out when they are in motion. For this, dog owners drive those in the ring. As a rule, the movement takes place in a circle, away from the clockwise direction, and the dogs should be on the left side of the lead, otherwise they will be poorly visible to experts. In order for the dog to show itself well in the ring - it must be accustomed to free movement on a leash, must be disciplined and not jump and not play, and also not rush at other dogs participating in the ring. If the dog is anxious, instead of screaming and punishing, it is worth calming it down with stroking and affection. And, so that you do not have any unpleasant incidents during such an exhibition, it is recommended to start accustoming the dog to such an environment in advance and teaching it the rules of behavior in such circumstances.

Movement in the ring of the dog should be free and sweeping. By the way

if the owner pulls the leash or pulls it sharply, it immediately becomes visible and understandable in the short and frequent, as if connected step of the dog, which does not have time to fully unbend the joints of the limbs.
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Rack Display

When a dog stand is shown, it is better to choose even ground for this. A dog placed on an uneven surface can actually distort the perception of its exterior, because its backside may appear above the front, the center of gravity can shift and the angle of the limbs can also be changed. All this will negatively affect the dog’s perception by experts, and its final assessment, which will be largely underestimated.

It will be useful for dog owners to train them before participating in the exhibition for the main teams, and especially teams to stand and not move. A dog trained in advance will obediently carry out these commands and the owner will be able to correct the dog when it is already in the ring and expose the hind and forelimbs to it correctly. To carry out such amendments is slow and calm. After you put the dog’s paw in the right position, you will need to hold it with your hand for a while, so that the dog can move the center of gravity and get used to a new pose. After that, you can gently remove your hand. It is forbidden to push the animal, pull it by the collar.

And, in order for the dog to take up a wary pose, you will need to make it stiffen. In such a tense state, the animal always holds its ears, neck and tail correctly. To do this, use any of the stimuli (you can use the search command)
After the owner puts the dog into the ring, he must take a seat to her right, or take a few steps behind her.

While the dog has not yet taken the correct position and position, the leash must be pulled. But as soon as the dog stands up favorably, the leash can be gently lowered behind the dog, then the tightened collar will be released and open its neck.

You can also entrust the conclusion of the dog not to the owner, but to a person whom she knows well. This person will be next to her in the ring, while the owner will stand in front of her behind the fence, and will call her. The main thing here is that the dog does not notice you, but hears you. Otherwise, her alertness will be replaced by violent joy, and there is no guarantee that she will not break out and rush to you.
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Dental examination

One of the most important points of the assessment is the examination of the teeth in the dog. Such an examination makes it possible to evaluate not only their healthy condition, but also the bite. When the expert asks the owner of the dog to show him his teeth, the owner must seat the dog, calm him down, and then stroking the head with his left hand, it is easy to squeeze the jaws of the dog and make it close its teeth. In this case, with his right hand, he can push the dog's lips apart and expose its front teeth. Many dogs do not like such manipulations too much and they can start to behave after such actions inadequately - taking a defensive position. So that you do not encounter this in the ring, pre-train and train your dog to such an examination of the teeth. The dog should behave absolutely calm during such an examination, and this will certainly add points to it.
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Dog Assessment Features

The purpose of the exhibitions is to correctly evaluate the dogs presented.. And, compliance with the rules of conduct in the ring and above the recommendations we have specified will help you achieve such a high goal. Bickering, inaccuracies in the execution of commands, tactless acts - all this negatively affects the final show score of your dog.

If you still think that your pet has been “condemned” and given an incorrect assessment of its external capabilities, training and education, you can discuss these issues with experts (in a calm and non-aggressive manner) or apply to an exhibition committee to ensure that your dog is independently evaluated.

Today we talked about how to prepare your dog for the show. As you can see, if she is properly looked after and educated, then she will not need any special training as such. Remember this.

Do your hunting dogs take part in exhibitions? How do you prepare them for such an important event? Share your experience with us.

Here you can read about what documents are necessary for your dog and for participation in the exhibition as well.

The article was prepared based on the materials of A. Mazover, an expert of the All-Union category, taken from free sources.

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