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Dog Show Terms Terms Explained!


  • Pet dogs shed ... Show dogs blow coat.
  • Pet dogs are in heat ... Show dogs come into season.
  • Pet dogs trot ... Show dogs gait or move.
  • Pet dogs stand ... Show dogs stack.
  • Pet dogs get a bath ... Show dogs are groomed.
  • Pet dogs beg for treats ... Show dogs express desire for bait.
  • Pet dogs raid the garbage ... Obedience dogs show a natural tendency for scent articles.
  • Pet dogs jump the fence ... Obedience dogs demonstrate natural jumping ability.
  • Pet dogs poop ... Obedience dogs toilet.
  • Pet dogs bark at other dogs ... Obedience dogs show excitement before showing.
  • Angulation-Degree to which dog handlers will bend over backwards to impress judges.
  • Balance-How to arrange the checkbook so your husband won't know how much money you spent on dog shows last month. Usually done in the bathroom with the door locked.
  • Bitch-
    • (a) name for a lady dog;
    • (b) name often heard at dog shows, not always to describe a lady dog.
  • Coat-The hairy covering of a dog that usually falls out about one week before the Specialty show.
  • Dam-
    • (a) lady dog with children;
    • (b) expression frequently overheard at dog shows as losers leave the ring.
  • Elbow-Method of getting to ringside when late.
  • Expression-"Sweet" look adopted by dogs while staring ravenously at chunks of liver.
  • Fancier-Degree to which some gentlemen handlers dress more than others.
  • Feathering-What winners are accused of doing to judges' nests.
  • Front-Part of the dog often stacked toward the outside of the ring.
  • Heel-
    • (a) what you feel like when your dog beats the one you had just sold to an eager novice;
    • (b) expression often screamed to attract the attention of deaf dogs.
  • Height-As in "Maximum Allowed," a measurement which all champions fall under by AT LEAST 1/8 of an inch.
  • Hock-A way of financing your dog shows by the use of jewelry such as wedding rings.
  • Kennel-Where you go when the kids fight and your husband yells at you.
  • Litter-Trash left all over the building and parking lot after a dog show.
  • Mask-What to wear when you have to show the pet you sold six months ago
  • Muzzle-What to put on your kids at a dog show to prevent them from calling your competition what they overheard you call him last night.
  • Noseprints-Cute marks left all over your French doors.
  • Outcrossing-What your husband tells the minister you are doing out in the kennel with the dog and the bitch.
  • Points-Minute, invisible awards for winning which you cannot convince your spouse are more important than cash prizes.
  • Puppies-Small, doglike food-processing machines with the ability to stink up an entire house and collectively deafen a band of magpies. (These creatures have not yet been perfected, as they come with leaky systems, and can also be dangerous to weak hearts and bank accounts.)

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