How to Train Your Dog For a Dog Show – Pooch Threads

Posted on by John Bertoli


If you ever wanted to see the love and appreciation that people have for dogs, just go to a dog show, or better yet  let your dog enter and take part in one as well.

 This is where all the dog owners come together to show the skills, tricks and beauty of their dogs to the general public and other dog owners.

If you have a cute pooch then maybe a dog show is right up your doggo’s alley. Here is what you need to do:


  • Your dog must be over 6 months old.
  • It must not be spayed or neutered. This is because you want to have a purebred dog that is considered a good breeding stock.
  • You dog must also be registered as a purebred. If you got your dog from a breeder, then you must have gotten a certificate stating its breed. If you don’t have any certificate, then you must contact the appropriate breed club to find out.
  • If your dog is neutered or spayed then you must look for dog shows or events where these type of dogs are allowed to take part in.

Attend dog shows

Before you enter any dog show, it is  best to first attend one as a visitor. This will give you a rough idea as to what kind of things happen at a dog show. It will help you prepare for it properly when you actually enter.

 You will find out all the information needed and even find out about special training classes for your dog.

Buy dog attire

Every dog  show also has a fashion segment where the owners dress their dogs up in cute clothing. You can get adorable little doggie outfits online or in dog boutiques. Make sure the dog clothing fits and suits your dog well.

Basic training for your dog

Training your dog for a dog show is very different than training it for your house. This isn’t a simple trick like rolling over or fetch that you have to do. You have to train your dog for a proper gait, trot and movement so that the judges can see its movements properly.

Start using treats to lure your dog into doing advanced tricks. It must learn to follow your every command and be on your left side at all times.

It must also get comfortable with a lead or collar attached to its neck.

Teach your dog the following:

  • Hand stacking—to stand squarely and in still position
  • Free stacking—assuming proper position on command rather being manually adjusted
  • Baiting—to assume position when given an incentive
  • Tolerating physical examination—judges will want to do a physical examination by checking its mouth and body. Start this training as early as possible so that your dog doesn’t get uncomfortable being touched or examined.

Along with training, some cute doggie clothing and accessories are important to get as well. Check out our collections of dog outfits today.