Handling – is the art of representing dogs at exhibitions. People who professionally do this are called handlers.
The task of such a person is to maximize the dignity of the dog, to demonstrate all its best qualities and to win. Also, the handler should know the basics of grooming for the breeds that he exhibits.
Dog Handling Styles
Handling started in the USA in the late 19th century. Since then, there have appeared several styles of showing dogs, which are followed by certain handlers: American, German and English.
- English handling involves showing a dog without the participation of a person’s hands. Handler does not touch the dog’s paws, it herself takes the ideal stand. Training while long time, you need full contact with the dog. In English handling, a Labrador Retriever is always shown in all countries – it is a breed that can concentrate and make contact.
- German handling is more often used for the national breeds of this country: German Shepherds, Boxers, Great Danes, Schnauzers, Dobermans and Rottweilers. This style is called double, because two people work with the dog. One holds the dog in the ring on a tight leash, and the other behind the ring attracts the attention of the animal with the help of special toys for dogs, food, etc.
However, this style is now used less and less, as it causes fuss, distracts other exhibitors and experts. Americans do not use such a show at all.
Now the American style of handling is increasingly prevailing, which helps to emphasize advantages and hide faults and looks from the side most advantageous for the dog. Its essence lies in the formulation of individually each paw of the dog. This is the most time-consuming, complex, but also the most effective handling. It is not easy for a dog to be taught how to stand in the right way.
In addition to the rack, the handler should also teach the dog to calmly perceive the palpation, to checking for cryptorchidism and examination of the teeth, move like trot.
Handler work with a dog
Someone from the owners of dogs assumes the role of handler, but for this it is necessary to have enough time for training and considerable experience of participation in exhibitions. If neither one nor the other is there, dog breeders hire a professional handler.
The first lessons are based on the fact that the dog began to trust the handler. For this, games, treats with delicacy are used. After gaining confidence, the handler gradually begins to teach the dog the exhibition run and the right rack inherent in this breed. After the dog understands the rack, the classes concentrate on gradually increasing the holding time in the rack without moving.
However, the art of handling is not only in the ability to show the exhibition stand and move beautifully like a trot. It is important task for a handler to teach a dog how to get a real pleasure from performing in the ring. Experts say that this exhibition winner should have a proud bearing, a courage and a glance of the champion.
Each dog is a bright individuality and a lot of experience and even ingenuity is needed to choose the right techniques with each particular animal.
A professional handler should take into account all the characteristics of the animal’s character and adjust its work in a timely manner.