Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Re: How to train for the (USA) ring
Oh also, your dog will probably be measured so I would do that beforehand (some dogs just hate that thing!) and will be tested for gun fire at his age.
My dog had a real problem holding his head up when gaiting (along with the clawing at the ground!) so I would walk him about two blocks from our house, put a ball or rag in his mouth, and then jog/gait him home. Carrying the toy gets the dog's head up. I controlled the speed and praised for the correct gait.