Hendler is an assistant at the exhibition
The concept of handling came to us relatively recently. Today, no exhibition of dogs in Moscow and other major cities can do without these professionals. Figure out who the handlers are, what they do and where you can learn this unusual profession.
What is the handling and who is the handler
The very name of the handling comes from the English word "hand" — the hand, and is file management. This concept is already well established among dog trainers and breeders of purebred dogs. Thus, the handler is the person representing the dog at a breed show in the conformation ring.
Why hire handler
Many dog owners believe that there is no need to hire a specialist in order to show a dog, because they can demonstrate their pet in the ring. But the inexperienced Amateur will never imagine, and do not prepare your dog as it will make the professional. The handler is not only a man walking next to the dog. He is well versed in the breed and can demonstrate all the best features of the animal, hiding minor flaws.
Just to give a nice pedigreed show dogs is not enough. Much of the success depends on how it will behave and as it will be able to submit specialist. The handler is a professional who will be able to make contact with the dog and help him to Express himself.
The handler must be familiar with standard expose of breed, best of breed and best their representatives. In addition, the handler is the person which takes into account the individual qualities of the exposed dog. Narrow specialists often have only one or two breeds.
What is included in the service handler
The puppy can begin your show career at the age of 3-4 months, and even then he may need the services of a specialist. The preparation begins long before the exhibition. First, the handler must establish with the dog to contact, because they need to act in concert in the ring. The animal must obey absolutely a stranger, and the owner may not even be present at the exhibition. Among the hustle and bustle of the dog must be focused and not to show aggression towards people and their Pets.
Calm and confident dog that's not all. She has to know the commands and understand what is required of her – run trot, show his teeth on command, to stand in the correct stance. All these tricks will teach the dog handler. He is also responsible for the appearance of the dog – brushing her teeth, clipping her nails, cuts.
To learn how to prepare the dog for the exhibition, the necessary experience and expertise, which is why many owners hire a handler. In some cases the owners did not do show career of your pet, fully trusting it to a professional. Accompanied by a professional animal with good conformation qualities will be capable of and exhibition of dogs in Moscow, and international shows.
Dress code handler
The exhibition of an important and uniform of the person exhibiting the dog. It should be neat, not constraining movements, because in the ring have to move a lot. Clothes need to contrast with the coat color to the dog was clearly visible. Shoes are comfortable, no heels, dangerous for dog paws.
Allowed in the ring too wide or provocative clothing, with the high hair or bright massive jewelry. Appearance of the handler should not distract the attention of the expert from the dog.
How do I become a handler
Career handler typically starts with the fact that people are successfully demonstrated in the ring his own dog. He likes to participate in exhibitions, engage in ring training, his pet always well prepared and shows excellent results. Over time, the people who saw this man's talent, asking for help in placing their Pets.
Novice handler increases their knowledge about the breed, the rules in force at the exhibitions, learning to identify the advantages and disadvantages of a particular dog. Gradually, the novice gains experience, improves his skills by attending special training of handlers, learning to be more artistic and oversees the work of the professionals.
There is another way in which it may take a specialist section for the "Junior handler" at the kennel club. Teach in such sections experienced professionals, which allows children to avoid common mistakes beginners and quickly elevate your skills to a high level.
The first school Hendler for children was opened in Moscow in 1994 with RKF, later there was a similar organization at the kennel club in Saint Petersburg. They operate according to international rules.
The handling you can start doing at a very young age. Children can enroll in the section with 9 years. The course duration is one academic year, from September to June. In school children are given as theoretical knowledge of dog breeding and practical skills in the presentation of dogs at shows.
The ability of the handler
Let's summarize what you need to know and be able to the novice handler:
- Know the breed standard, which is going to put its best representatives.
- To make contact with the dog.
- To see the advantages and disadvantages of the animal, to be able to show the dog in a favorable light.
- To know the preferences of the expert.
- To pick the right clothes for the show.
- Competently communicate with experts.
- Does not control the dog applies to her.
- Slovenly dressed, incorrectly picks up clothes, puts the black dog in black pants.
- Shielded by a dog while Jogging trot, stand.
- Noisy behaves, arguing with other participants and judges.
- Comes to the show drunk.