Every truly avid dog owner wishes for the chance to show off his pet  at the nearest dog show. 

It is both a way to validate your pride in owning your pet and a chance to  see other beautiful dogs in action. For the first timer, however, entering the  world of competitive dog shows can truly be a daunting experience. 

Here are five simple tips to get your dog, and yourself, ready for the  limelight: 

1) Know The Field – Everybody has to start somewhere and entering dog  shows requires that you know what to expect. Read literature on dog shows.  Go to dog shows as a spectator and see what goes on. Get a good grasp of  the jargon. Knowing the difference between all-breed dog shows and  specialty shows can help a lot in determining what shows to join and how to  get your pet ready. 

2) Know Your Dog – Knowledge of your pet is essential when getting ready  for a dog show. A little effort in researching your dog’s breed and health  history can pay off immensely. Getting familiar with your dog’s quirks, habits  and abilities is also a great way to bond with them and paves the way to a  successful performance in the show ring. 

3) Training, Lots of Training – Training for the show, for yourself and your  dog is very important. It is advisable that you have the help of a trained  handler when you’re starting out. Training dogs also requires conditioning  them physically so that they are in tip-top shape when they participate in  the show. Remember, dog shows are like beauty pageants. A well-trained  dog is both pleasant to look at and be with. 

4) A Visit To The Vet – Every dog needs a visit to the vet when getting  ready for a dog show. Having your pet inoculated is a standard procedure to  protect your dog, and other dogs, from spreading diseases during the show.  

A check-up on your pet’s physical condition would also help greatly in  assuring that your pride and joy is ready for the show. 

5) Ask Questions – Learning is a continual process. Asking questions from  handlers and veterinarians on how you should treat or handle your dog can  open up insights on caring for it. 

These five simple tips are just the beginning. Like they say, experience is the  best teacher, but with this advice you’re well on your way to getting your  dog ready for the show.