Set up – This week’s challenge is getting to and entering the show ring. How you and your dog enter the ring will set the tone for your performance. It is important to practice how you will get to the show ring and enter the ring. Don’t forget that how you exit the ring is just important!
Purpose – This drill teaches your dog to get to and enter a show ring with attention and focus on you. If properly done, this challenge can build your dog’s enthusiasm for getting to and entering the ring as well as keeping him on his toes, focused on you and ready to work!
Tips on success –
- Start easy. Build enthusiasm and desire to go into a ring by rewarding your dog as you approach the ring entrance. .
- Play games and maintain attention in order to smoothly transition your dog from your crate to the ring.
- Take time to build your dog’s desire and enthusiasm when you get to the ring and before entering the ring.
- Remember to practice taking off or putting on your leash both at your crate and once you have entered the ring. Reward for your dog for focusing on you.
- Add easy distractions as you approach the ring entrance.
- Add a variety of releases and rewards. Keep your sessions fun by adding loads of games!
Reward your dog – Anytime your dog approaches a ring entrance, reward him. Think about building your dog’s desire and drive. Remember that this skill will set the tone to your performance in the ring!
Different levels of testing – After you have successfully approached the entrance, “bump it up” a notch by adding different objects, approaches, angles, and or people/dog teams. As your dog gains confidence, add more variables and make line-ups more challenging. Always reward your dog for a job well done.
Goal – to build your dog’s confidence and ability to walk into the ring and line-up confidently, ready to work.
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