The Westminster Dog Show 2017 takes place this week and this weekend it started out with an agility competition. Just like their human professional counterparts, dogs have different pregame routines and motivations for competing.
Not only does performing at the highest level require lots of practice and preparation, owners must also know what their best friend needs to get psyched up for the “big game.”
Here's how their dogs do it:
1. WALK AND STRETCH
Both owners and their competitors have to warm up, whether it’s a quick walk or actual stretches for everyone — injuries are a risk for both species when dashing through a ring filled with starts and stops.
2. SCOPE OUT OTHER COMPETITORS
“Some dogs need to be out a while. Maybe you know your dog needs to see 10 dogs to get his head in the game, or it can’t be ringside seeing other dogs run. It’s a challenge.”
Potter and her husband Taylor keep Morgan in her crate to save up energy, then take her ringside five or six dogs before she’s slated to run. They also know getting her to “speak” increases her energy and gets her excited. Then, it’s snack time.
3. JUST GO
“Some dogs, you can take them out and run them straight into the ring,” says Christina Potter of North Bergen, New Jersey.
4. TRICKS AND COOKIES
“I just talk to her, keep her busy, give her cookies and have her do tricks,” says Lisa Tibbals of North Haven, Connecticut. “I try not to take her out before it’s time to go. At an event like this, it’s so many people.”
5. EAT HOT DOGS & PLAY WITH TOY
“My dog gets paid really well,” says James George of Richmond, whose English Springer Spaniel gets rewarded with hot dogs. “You figure out what has high value for them and pay them in that currency. After a successful run, she gets hot dogs and to play with a toy.”
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Article Source: USA Today
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