Tuesday, 4 October 2011

'Showing Your Dog, A Beginner's Guide' by Elaine Everest - Book Review

"Competing at dog shows is an excellent way for the family - both young and old alike - to enjoy a hobby together. Many people enter this sport first with a family pet as a fun day out and then move on to more serious competition at championship level. The ultimate goal for most newcomers is to qualify for Crufts and perhaps even win the much coveted Best in Show award. This book takes you step by step through the process of what is required to enjoy showing a dog.
It will tell you:
- How to choose a good quality pedigree puppy and understand its health requirements
 - How to train and prepare from day one through to that first dog show
- How to enter a show and what to expect
- Where to go and when at the dog show, and what to do in the show ring
- What clubs, committees and support are available for the novice exhibitor
- How to qualify for Crufts and what to expect upon arriving at the World's Greatest Dog Show
- What the next step is and whether to purchase another dog, breed a litter or even train to be a judge. "

Showing your dog can be a fun and rewarding hobby for both you and your dog.  Whether you just enter local shows or Championship shows aiming for the ultimate goal of Crufts, you get to meet some wonderful people and their dogs, and hopefully come home with a rosette or two.

Henry can’t enter serious shows because as a rescue dog he hasn’t got his pedigree papers and is neutered, but I do enjoy taking him to fun companion shows which raise funds for charities.  He has won many rosettes and trophies, and last year I was very proud when we went to Discover Dogs (Cruft’s sister show) at Earls Court in London.  Henry won his class ‘Best Canine Carer’; here we are with the judges:

Entering the dog showing world can be quite daunting – there are so many rules, classes and etiquettes to learn.  This book is essential reading for anyone thinking of showing their dog.  It is a well written, easy to read book that leads you through purchasing your puppy, right through to entering major shows like Crufts.

Absolutely everything you could think of is covered from filling in the entry forms, to what happens on the day of the show to explaining the different awards and point systems.  The author, Elaine Everest, is obviously very knowledgeable about showing dogs and dogs in general.

Along with husband Michael, Elaine Everest has owned Old English Sheepdogs since the early 1970s. She has exhibited, bred and judged her breed, as well as delving into other breeds. Her work on breed committees and the breed council has given her an insight into the organisation that goes into dog showing, plus the politics and the ups and the downs of this exciting sport. Her knowledge and experience of the canine world has led to many radio appearances and she writes for canine publications worldwide as well as the national press.

‘Showing Your Dog – A Beginner’s Guide’ is a brilliantly written and informative book, and I recommend it to everyone who is starting to show their dog.  To find out more about this book and to purchase online, please visit www.howtobooks.co.uk

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