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post #6 of (permalink) Old 08-06-2009, 01:35 AM
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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.
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