Show and Sport Dogs:
While you adore your pooch as part of your family, what you may not know is other owners bond with their pet in a different way. As dog owners enter their pets into competitions, whether they’re shows or sports dogs such as dog racing and dog sledding, there are big stakes and prize money at hand. These dogs are frequently bred specifically for competitions.
Here are a few examples:
Some things to remember as it relates to show and sports dogs relate to being the manager or “parent.” Is your dog on a normal, healthy eating schedule or is he working 24/7? Are you becoming an obsessive parent? If your dog doesn’t win his or her race or competition, will you be crushed? Similar to stage parents where their children may not necessarily get the big part and they’re pushing their child to the limit, be very cautious as it relates to your pet as well. Although your pooch won’t have the emotional attachment or cognitive ability such as your child, it’s up to you as the responsible owner to ensure if this show or sporting event competition is in the best interest of your dog.
At The Dog Bowl, nothing is more important than your pets’ health and well being. For more information about show and sport dogs the American Kennel Club (AKC) is a good source of information.