Lifestyles: Helena Kennel Club
The Helena Montana Kennel Club is hosting a dog show this weekend at the Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds.
Competition kicked off this morning with more than 700 dogs and their handlers primping and practicing.
In tonight's lifestyles report, Beartooth NBC's Aniseh Hamour talks to some owners about what it's like to show their dogs.
At the Helena Montana Kennel Club's dog show, there are 3 types of competition, confirmation, obedience, and rally. But not everyone is at the show to compete.
Rita Munson breeds and shows Norwegian elkhounds, and was drawn to the sport after taking one of her dogs to an obedience class.
She says how a dog behaves is one of the most important parts of showing. Once a dog has mastered the art of good behavior, owners can focus on other aspects of the sport.
Munson says, "Most of the rings you see are for breeding purposes so the judge is giving you his feeling about your dog as far as breeding, if it's a good candidate to be bred."
Judges are primarily checking to see if the dog is a prime representation of its breed.
Donna Dehart-Ray has been showing her standard poodles for about 30 years and knows making sure the dog meets high standards is a lot of work.
Dehart-Ray says, "Many times owner/handlers get upset and do not have the persistence to stick with it, but you do need to present at a professional level because you're in there with other professionals as well."
As much work as it may be, Dehart-Ray and Munson agree showing their dogs is well worth the effort.
The show will continue throughout the rest of the weekend and is free and open to the public.
Story by Aniseh Hamour, Beartooth NBC.
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