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Conformation Dog Shows are the pageants
of dog shows, measuring dogs against their breed standards, in physical
appearance, temperament, and movement. As these shows are to evaluate
and title breeding stock, altered dogs are not eligible to enter
conformation competitions put on by the AKC. The Westminster Kennel
Club Dog Show is the most well-known conformation show in the United
States. A Championship title is awarded when a dog has earned a
set amount of points in the Conformation Ring.
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AKC Rally is the new dog sport that is taking
the nation by storm, a successful stepping stone from the AKC Canine
Good Citizen® program to the world of obedience or agility.
Rally offers both the dogs and handlers an experience that is fun
and energizing. The canine team moves at their own pace, very similar
to rally-style auto racing. Rally was designed with the traditional
pet owner in mind, but it can still be very challenging for those
who enjoy higher levels of competition.
A rally course includes 10 to 20
stations, depending on the level. Scoring is not as rigorous as
traditional obedience. Communication between handler and dog is
encouraged and perfect heel position is not required, but there
should be a sense of teamwork between the dog and handler. The main
objective of rally is to produce dogs that have been trained to
behave in the home, in public places, and in the presence of other
dogs, in a manner that will reflect positively on the sport of rally
at all times and under all conditions.
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Lure coursing is an event for all Sighthounds.
The AKC offers this program that
the dogs and owners love so well, to test the dogs basic coursing
instinct or hunting by sight ability.
The dogs chase an artificial lure, in an open
field and are judged by two judges, on the dogs overall ability,
speed, endurance, agility, and how well they follow the lure.
The dogs can earn titles, such as Junior Courser
(JC), Senior Courser (SC), and Master Courser (MC). They can also
obtain a Field Championship (FC) and the title of Lure Courser Excellent
The upside of this event is the dogs
are kept in such good healthy shape, by doing something that comes
naturally and that they really like to do.
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