7 Habits of Highly Effective Show Dogs (#4)

I’m working through a list of habits that are typical of successful show dogs: having these will help, though nothing guarantees a win!

Number four on the list is that the dog actually likes people.  There are hundreds, even thousands of people at shows, and not all of them know good dog etiquette.  A stranger who wants to cuddle with an adorable toy dog can scare the bejesus out of the animal just before it goes into the ring and spoil its performance.  Many children are not taught even basic manners around dogs and will run at them (or away from them, which can set off a prey drive in hunting dogs) screaming, reaching for the face and head.  Most show dogs have learned to take all this in stride, and actually enjoy meeting new people.  Shy dogs will be overwhelmed and can show poorly after being frightened or petted over-enthusiastically.

Happily Kunga is glad to meet people and get petted and have his picture taken!  He has been good with kids ever since he was a little puppy.

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