What is a handling hall?
Handling Hall – what is it? Will he help prepare the dog for the show? But is it necessary for dogs that do not participate in exhibitions? We will talk about this in our article.
What is handling and who are handlers?
If you visited dog shows as a participant or guest, then you most likely know the words “handling” and “handler”.
Remember how beautiful the dogs look in the ring, how accurate and graceful their movements, how confident they feel. No worse than Hollywood stars! But behind such performances is not only the natural talent of the dog, but also the work of a professional handler.
Handler (translation from English “trainer”) is a person who accompanies a dog at a performance, presents it to judges, competently emphasizing advantages and hiding flaws. Let’s face it: this is not an easy profession. A good specialist finds an individual approach to each dog, builds a trusting relationship with it, trains, develops a strategy on how to profitably present this dog against the background of other participants. But that’s not all: many handlers are also excellent groomers. Before the performance, they bring the appearance of the pet in an impeccable appearance to emphasize the pedigree and individual qualities and increase the chances of victory.
Handling – this is the art of presenting a dog to an expert team. It is believed that this profession originated in the United States. Already in the 19th century, dog shows in America were grandiose and it was an honor to visit them. The world also did not lag behind. The more rapidly the popularity of exhibitions grew, the more good handlers were appreciated.
What is handling?
Why do you need handling halls?
At the exhibition, the dog does not just walk in the ring. She performs certain commands: for example, makes a stand. To get the judges’ recognition, you need a clearly worked out show, and the dog itself should calmly and naturally feel in an unfamiliar environment, in front of a large number of spectators.
Even if you have the most courageous dog, for a good performance she will need a lot of training. And here handling halls come to the rescue. Why are they better than a playground in the yard?
Handling room for a dog is like a gym for a person. There is no bad weather in it, and classes will be comfortable at any time. In handling rooms it is safe, nothing interferes with concentration, nothing distracts the dog. This is a great training ground where you can work out the program and at the same time chat with like-minded people.
Many handling rooms have mirrors all around. They allow you to better control the movement of the dog and determine successful angles. You can find halls with a grooming salon, with a pet store and even with a pool and dog training equipment. This allows you to solve several problems at once and saves a lot of time.
Preparation for the exhibition is a difficult and lengthy work, but the handling halls make it much easier. In a special room it is comfortable to work both for a dog and a person.
Handling room – for everyone!
Not only show dogs are trained in handling rooms. And it is not necessary at all that a handler should work with them.
Anyone can come here with their pet to repeat or learn new commands, work on the physical shape of the dog, conduct grooming procedures, work out with a dog handler and just have a good time. For many, handling rooms become an interest club where you always want to return.
3 life hacks for those who go to the handling hall for the first time
Goodies are the best incentive.
Bring a good treat with you to encourage your dog to work. Some manufacturers create special training goodies: they are placed in stylish containers that are conveniently thrown into a bag and taken with you for training (for example, training goodies mini-bones “Mnyams”). Delicacies in containers do not deteriorate, do not dry, and retain useful properties for a long time.
You can buy a special bag for treats, which is attached to the belt. During training it is very convenient.
We fight stress.
Stock up on dog toys – preferably a few. Toys will help your pet cope with stress in an unfamiliar environment and will give you the opportunity to “drive” it properly to strengthen your physical fitness. An excellent choice, for example, the KONG “snowman”. When it hits the floor, this rubberized toy bounces in an unpredictable direction, stimulating the dog’s interest. By the way, after training, you can fill it with a treat and treat your pet. While he will get treats from the “snowman” and stretch out his pleasure, you will also be able to relax and chat with like-minded people.
Helping the dog to socialize.
In an unfamiliar place, even the most daring and sociable dog can be confused. Help your pet make contact with other dogs. The easiest way is to get them into one game. Tug toys (for example, flexible KONG Safestix, Petstages ropes, Zogoflex hauls), various balls and boomerangs for aporting will help with this.