German Shepherd - the most laborious show dog. Although it does not require expensive trimming, haircuts, but its owners are faced with the difficulties associated with training the dog before the show, which she needs like no other breed. After all, the German shepherd is an ideal trotter, its entire anatomical structure is adapted to tireless long run with minimal energy costs.
What does the fastest lynx of one of the best representatives of the breed look like? The leash is slightly stretched, the neck is at an angle of 45 'to the horizontal, the back elastically falls down along a smooth arc. The step is so wide that the hind limb is ahead of the one-sided front. The body rushes very low to the ground, so the main thrust guide is forward, not up. The dog moves freely, without visible efforts and at the same time is very effective. Of course, such movements can only be achieved with a dog with a perfect anatomical build, but many of the flaws in the anatomy can be largely compensated for by proper training.
We will not dwell on the elementary - the ability to show teeth. Any dog who has undergone primary training can easily cope with this. But racking already requires some explanation.
The task of the handler is to put the dog in such a way that all its flaws are hidden. The angles of the fore and hind limbs, a flat arcuate top line should be shown. To do this, in the presence of a specialist, the owner needs to try to put the dog in a winning stance, remember this position and then repeat it every day using a specific command (for example, “stance”) and reinforcing it with a treat.
The dog must memorize with his muscles (muscle memory) the position that he takes in the stance. At first it costs only a few seconds, then it is put in the rack for 3-5 minutes. Very often, a beautiful or ugly stance affects not only the place occupied by the dog at the show, but also its assessment.
It is even more difficult to make the dog show himself in motion in the ring. This is real art. The German Shepherd is required to not go next to the handler, but to be in front. The leash is tight, but if the dog “tows” what is called “rushing like a tank”, bulging eyes, then in the ring it will lose.
There are several ways to learn the art of movement. The main thing is that the dog must visually, on command, look for someone or something. For example, the command: "Where is mom (dad, Masha, Vanya)?" Or: "Cat!" The main thing is that the subject of the search really interests her. The execution of the team is encouraged by the delicacy and presentation of mom (dad, Masha, Vani) or a cat.
In Russia, it is customary to call a dog nicknamed family members who are outside the ring. Abroad, for these purposes, various whistles, sirens, etc. are used, the sounds of which dogs are accustomed to and to which they react as a call. This is more convenient, since you can ask a whistle to any person unfamiliar to the dog, and pulling out four family members to the exhibition is sometimes problematic.
Sound signals emitting in various places around the perimeter of the ring make the shepherd keep his tone all the time. By the way, that is why experienced shepherds do not exhibit the dog with the owner, but an outsider - the dog is looking for the owner and looks great in the ring.
The hardest part is the physical training of the German Shepherd. It can be divided into two parts: general physical training and special training. General physical training is aimed at strengthening, improving the body of the dog, making it hardy. The most common exercises are trotting (the owner usually rides a bicycle nearby), as well as swimming, long walks.
However, for many German shepherd dogs have to resort to special exercises that develop certain muscle groups. A frequent drawback in shepherd dogs is weak extensor muscles of the hind limbs, which leads to a weak push and, therefore, to a shortened step. To correct this drawback, towing is used. The dog is harnessed to a harness, a load is attached to a two-three-meter leash (usually a car tire). Strengthening the resistance can be adjusted both by the size of the tire, and by adding bricks to it. Most preferred is a low-intensity load, but a long one. In any case, the dog after towing should run twice as fast in a trot.
Weak ligaments and poorly developed back muscles can be corrected by dog walks with weights. Weights are attached to the harness, gradually their weight is brought to 2-3 kg. The dog is in such a harness and walks every day, and runs cross-country.
In order for the paws to gather in a lump, apply the movement "in tightness" on the asphalt or walk on a hard surface.
Features of working with a German shepherd
The German Shepherd is the only breed of dog that has subtleties and nuances that are different from all the others in the process of showing it on the exterior rings. Therefore, the handler’s task in working with such a breed is to make the dog participating in the exhibition enjoy the performance at the competitions, a kind of “drive”!
The successful preparation of German shepherds for the exhibition depends on the correct construction of classes, the sequence of formulation of training tasks and the correctly developed strategy at the beginning of the exhibition career of pets. It is very important that the dog fully trusts the handler, only in this case it will behave in the ring at ease and naturally.
We have highly skilled handlers who specialize specifically in the German Shepherd breed and have prizes in their piggy banks from the most prestigious exhibitions held in Russia and abroad.
What does our training program include?
So, if you have an exhibition of German shepherds ahead, in which you want to demonstrate what a wonderful representative of the breed you raised, then we will be happy to help you with this.
Preparation for the exhibition includes classes with German shepherds, such as:
- Learning the right attitude towards exhibition equipment
- Training to show bite and dental formula
- Training in the correct movement in the ring
- Training for the correct reaction to the presence of other dogs in the ring
- Exhibition Stand Demo Training
- Learning the right reaction to an expert examination
We will do everything for your pet to have a magnificent exhibition career! Well, to make this wish come true, do not hesitate. If you need handling, then call us by phone: + 7-926-120-36-36 or order a call back on the site.