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The Absolute Beginner's Guide to Showing Your Dog Paperback – June 7, 2001


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Product Details

  • Series: Absolute Beginner's Guide
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; First Edition edition (June 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761533591
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761533597
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Blue-Ribbon source for showing your dog.

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The Blue-Ribbon source for showing your dog.
Showing your dog can be great fun! You know your dog has what it takes to be a champion, but how do you get started? Inside is everything you need to know about the rewarding world of the dog show circuit.
This easy-to-read guide will help you discover whether the show ring is the right place for you and your dog, learn the basics of training, and develop the skills for successful showing. In the end, both you and your dog will be ready to succeed in the show ring!
"A comprehensive how-to manual that encompasses every level of experience." —Corky Vroom, president, Professional Handlers' Association
"Masterfully written, offering insight and tips for both aspiring and experienced dog show enthusiasts. By far the most complete book on the market." —Susand Bulanda, senior conformation judge, UKC
"Demystifies the sport of dogs without erasing the wondrous mystique of the art, and mentors the novice through the world of dog shows." —Lilian S. Barber, exhibitor, breeder, and AKC judge
"If you've ever wondered about dog shows, shown a dog, or wanted to try it, this book is tailor-made for you." — Darlene Arden, author, The Irrepressible Toy Dog

Customer Reviews

Glad I went with my gut and bought it!
Randi
I particularly like the "Tips from the Pros"!
Annette
It is very easy to read and to throughly understand.
Lisa

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By beryl parks on June 29, 2001
Format: Paperback
I think this book was written just for me, and it couldn't have come at a better time. I have been studying the sport of dog showing for six months and have had many questions. This book has answered almost all of them, and of course gotten me to ask more.
It is very detailed from just attending your first show and what is going on, to entering your first show and what to bring, all the way to being a winner. The format made it very easy to read with pointers from the Pros, notes of interest, and a review at the end of each chapter. I read the book cover to cover in a matter of days, but you could also only read sections that were of interest.
I plan to keep this book close by and refer back to it as I continue my quest of Dog Shows. Thanks for this wonderful informative book.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 29, 2003
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I found this book to be an excellent guide for the beginner. Truly befitting of the title. What I didn't anticipate was that this book would continue to serve as a resource and refence once I knew how dog shows worked. I have lent it to several people and "highlighted" certain passages for easy reference. This book has been recommended by me to several friends, both experienced dog fanciers and beginners. Overall, an excellent resource for everyone involved in showing regardless of experience.
And the show checklist is essential!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By msUser1111 on February 18, 2007
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To start to show your dog this book should be your first reading. It was recommended to me by an AKC showdog breeder/handler.(Without this book I would have a hard time to understand the point system) Covers all the aspects of showing a dog from anatomy to the paperwork in an easy to read, and entertaining format. The "Tips from a Pro" is priceless.

I strongly recommend to anybody how is thinking to show their dog, or just to be familiar with dogshows and what handlers are doing in the ring and why.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 25, 2001
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I was very surprised to see how much you need to know to show your dog. Our dog is just a puppy three month's old but with the use of this book I have already began to get her ready for the show ring. I have tought her to lead on her rope and stop and sit and come when I call her to me. My other dog doesn't know this because he was never trained. I got him when he was four so he has never been trained. I was excited about the way it was wrote so simple that a child could understandit. I am looking forward to showing her again. She was already won her first show and I can't wait to show her again. I would tell everyone who show's dog's and doesn't understand everything about the show ring to read this book. I is a super book to have I have read it twice already and plan to wear it out and buy another one.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Annette on May 9, 2002
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I liked the clearly worded writing in this title. It was easy to read and thus easy to understand. I reference it all the time. I particularly like the "Tips from the Pros"! Great reading for the novice, new to showing!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Zube on February 19, 2006
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Great book with lots of information on all you need to know on getting into showing your dog. I bought this book because I was a beginner and had know idea at all on showing it really helped me. The only thing I did't like about it is the pictures did't really have many pictures and on stacking and gaiting did't have any pictures to show you how, but great information would really recommend this book for beginners.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lisa on August 7, 2003
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This was a great book and will do well for the beginner. I have shown for a few years and found it helpful in many ways. It is very easy to read and to throughly understand. It touches on UKC (United Kennel Club NOT UNIVERSAL!!!) as well which is good for those beginners who may decided to check out UKC and AKC showing. Great read, glad to have in my collection.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By bulldog lover on April 14, 2005
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I've been involved in obedience for many years but I am venturing into conformation for the first time and have found this book able to demystify much of the show politics. Very good book.
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It's all my parents' fault. For reasons that will be forever unknown, they refused to let me have a dog (or a horse, but that's another story). I adopted neighborhood dogs as much as I could, but I hungered for my own dog.
As soon as I was out of school and had a job, I bought a tiny construction trailer and a dog, a Keeshond I named Sundance. There was barely room for the two of us in the trailer, but I didn't care. I had a dog!
Fortunately, Sundance was a princess among dogs and more than made up for my woeful lack of knowledge on the subject of dog care and behavior.
I had a series of regular jobs, but also began writing, long distance, for television, starting out at the top with M*A*S*H.
Over the years, I added more dogs. Spirit was bought from a pet shop (which I subsequently helped close by enforcing their health guarantee -- Spirit was dying from various diseases and parasites when I took over her care), undoubtedly from a puppy mill. Though I loved her as I loved all my dogs, she was a real challenge both physically and mentally. She had hip dysplasia and allergies, and upon reaching puberty, decided that she hated humans other than her limited family. So my dog education had to grow quickly.
By now, my writing had switched to travel and food writing for newspapers and magazines.
Serling was a sweetheart, chosen because he was a big black dog in a shelter and didn't stand much chance of being adopted. He was named in honor of Rod Serling of The Twilight Zone, and he was my entry into the world of competition, stepping into the obedience and agility rings and excelling at water work. And those experiences swung my writing to dogs. My first paid articles recounted our misadventures in the obedience ring -- Serling had a fine sense of humor and tortured me regularly until I learned to loosen up and have a good time.
The dog writing progressed, I left the world of regular work and became a freelancer, and the dogs continued. I wrote my first books, early entries into the now popular genre of descriptions of where to walk or hike with dogs. I started clicker training. Serling got a part in a movie (a small part -- one day's work). We won talent competitions regularly (this was way before Pet Star, or even Animal Planet).
Nestle came along, a lovely gentle boy with his own set of insecurities. I kept writing and won quite a wall-ful of awards. And we now live happily on the Olympic Pensinula in Washington state, along with sheep, chickens, llamas, and a litter of feral cats.

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