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Get Started in Dog Sports and Events!!!

This information is from the AKC WEB PAGE

Southernwind Kennels is always looking for the improvement and Benefits of the relationship of the pups, Young adults and owners, . It has really caught our attention while taking to many trainers the high volume of dogs from different breeds of how frequently they have faced many situations were the dogs are not getting enough correct exposure to different environmental stimulations and incredible lack of structure and have seen that many dogs have been "Incorrectly Categorized" under the terms "Overreactive, Lack of Self Confidence, Separation Anxiety, Aggressive to other dogs, hard to handle dogs,, and many other labels that are used by many, including Professionals, Veterinarians, Dog Behaviorists etc" And this is not their "fault" by doing the sayd "categorized labels", its what they see and observe on these dogs when they get to their Offices, Premises, Training Facilities, but the reality is completely different, these dogs are victims of Lack of "Dog Sense" owners who believe you just buy a puppy and he will train himself LOL! Owners who watch lots of videos with misleading information and follow them as they interpret the video.

Failure in interpreting correctly the dogs body language has become one of the most important misconceptions, Dogs that get rewarded unconsciously when they have a reaction, owners that do not control their body language and prompt the dog into keep doing the same wrong behavior and becomes a bad habit. The the dog visits the Vet or other Strange people and brings out the "wrong Behaviors" he has been rewarded to do, unconsciously by the owner! I have heard of Stories of PUPPIES being reactive to in Veterinary offices and have Vets recommend to put those puppies down!! Can You imagine? Your 7 year old "Special Talented" kid who has been rewarded for bad manners all his life, never having exposure, structure, discipline and have a Doctor come and say, this kid needs to be placed in jail??LOL!!! Crazy no???

Well it happens and all because of lack of information, some puppies are soo way beyond normal intelligence that surpasses owners and then owners Label these puppies as "Weirdos", not normal, hard to train, overreactive etc etc.

And the reality is that the dog many times is way over any boundaries this owner can handle!

We feel there is a huge need for Correct Assertive Education and for this we know we need to share information regarding how to create "Correct Assertive Puppies and owners". One of the Main recomendations we give at Southernwind is to Bond with your dog!!!!

We cannot express the importance of bonding, structure and respect!!!

For this we have brought this article from the AKC and hope you read and understand how important all of this is for the Top Owner-K9 relationship!!

It’s one of the best ways to deeply bond with your dog. It’s great exercise. And it just might be one of the most personally rewarding endeavors of your life.

It’s the world of canine sports and events.

Something special happens between owners and their dogs when they train for an event. As you and your dog develop the skills necessary for each sport – and then demonstrate what you’ve learned – you experience a sense of accomplishment like no other. With your dog beside you at each turn, you become a true team in every sense of the word.

Participating in canine sports is often not just about winning ribbons or trophies, either (although a healthy competitive spirit doesn’t hurt). Most dog owners say it’s the many personal rewards that keep them coming back event after event. And, we often hear that the friendships with other dog owners that are developed at these events are as important as the events themselves.

There are plenty of opportunities to get involved in sports and events, as we hold more than 22,000 events each year. Whether you just train for fun, or actually compete, we guarantee that you’ll feel a sense of pride at seeing your dog in his “happy” place, showing off new skills and accomplishing incredible goals — together.

  • Important Terms to Know—Before you get too far, it’s important to understand a few key terms that often confuse newcomers but are commonly used in canine sports and events:

    • Trial means “competition”

    • Conformation is the official word for “dog shows”

    • If you get really into canine sports, you might call yourself a “fancier.”

    • Competitors are called “exhibitors”

How to Begin—If you haven’t seen a sporting event in person, go to one, or several, to familiarize yourself with what happens in the ring, and to experience the energy and camaraderie. Then get involved with your local AKC Club. Not only do they offer invaluable resources and training classes, you’ll meet new people with similar interests who are more than wiling to share their knowledge and lend a hand.

Find the Right Sport—

There are many canine sports to choose from, and many people participate in more than one. But when you’re just starting out, it can be hard to decide which one to try first. Start by assessing your dog’s appearance, health and temperament:

  • Think your dog is quite a looker, and a perfect example of his breed? Try showing your dog in Conformation.

  • Is he highly energetic? Does he enjoy running and responding to instruction? If so, Agility could be a great fit.

  • Has your dog mastered basic commands such as sit, stay and heel — and seems eager to learn more? Try Obedience.

  • Does your dog like doing obedience work in a low stress environment? Have you never competed before? Rally is a great place to start.

  • Does your dog have an instinct to chase? Is he speedy? Try training for the Coursing Ability Test.

  • Will your dog follow a scent no matter where it may lead? Does he work well independently? Try Tracking.

  • Is your dog a scent sleuth? Can he find his food or toys by smell alone? Try AKC Scent Work.

Think your dog has a natural instinct for herding livestock? Yes, there is a sport for that too: Herding

  • Do you have a small Terrier or Dachshund? Have the vermin in your yard met their match? Earthdog tests might be for you.

  • Is your dog a sighthound? (Afghan Hounds, Basenjis, Borzois, Greyhounds, Ibizan Hounds, Irish Wolfhounds, Italian Greyhounds, Pharaoh Hounds, Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Salukis, Scottish Deerhounds, and Whippets)? Does he turn into an Energizer bunny when something small moves fast on the ground? Lure Coursing may be his speed.

  • Is your dog a Pointing Breed, Spaniel, Retriever or Hound? Explore the rich tradition of Field Events.

  • If you have a Coonhound, you probably know it. Does he run whenever given the chance? Is he an explorer? Does he have high bursts of energy, and then crashes? Find a Coonhound event near you.

  • What You Need to Compete—Generally speaking, to compete in an AKC sport or event, your dog must have an AKC number via one of the following:

  • AKC Registration Number – This number is provided to a dog owner via a registration certificate received from the previous owner, or via a puppy registration paper given to the new owner by the breeder.

  • Purebred Alternative Listing (PAL) – If a dog is purebred but an AKC Registration Number is not possible, owners can apply for PAL number

  • AKC Canine Partners Number – This number is given to either mixed breed dogs or a purebred.

  • Foundation Stock Service®(FSS) Number – This number is used for breeds whose status is currently in the foundational stage of being recorded into our registry and requires a copy of the dog’s pedigree.

In addition:

  • He must be physically sound and up-to-date on all inoculations and health check-ups.

  • Spayed females and neutered males are eligible to participate (except in Conformation and select Performance events).

  • Females may not be allowed to participate while in season, depending on the sport.

However, each sport has its own rules and regulations, so be sure to familiarize yourself before beginning.

So.. Lets get Started!!! (Click on any of the links and it will take you to each of the Sport categories

At Southernwind we believe that as well as you send your children to school to be educated, Puppies many time's are in need also of a little help from *Good reliable Experienced Trainers

(by this we mean, Trainers who have had many years of experience in their shoulders and have trained and titled dogs as well can show to their clients dogs that have been trained by them and best if the Dogs are titled in any of the Canine Sports that require Structure , Performance and Obedience.")

We just created a new Page were we will be recognizing all the owners who show their true devotion and commitment to the betterment of their dog and relationship, either by doing obedience training, Protection Training, Emotional support training, in all Owners who really show their true commitment and have placed their dogs in the best of great achievements, and by this we do not mean winning trophies nor great competitions, we mean showing their effort and achieving success in their bond and "working together makes us Stronger" Program.!

We would like t receive feedback and pictures of all our Southernwind Teams to publish in our Showcase pages

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