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How Dog Show Judges Make Choices


Pet expert Steve Dale talks with dog show judge Peter Green

legendary judge Peter Green

From the National Dog Show presented by Purina, which airs Thanksgiving Day at noon (all time zones). How dog show judges makes choices.

I Spoke to renowned dog show judge Peter Green (who will soon be judging Westminster) and judge Marjorie Martorella.

Dogs are not judged against others in the ring per se, but against breeds of their same written breed standard. So a Burnese Mountain dog isn’t ever compared to a Toy Poodle. That would be wacky.National Dog Show judge

Marjorie says she’s judged dogs so good that you don’t even see the faults. And that first impressions do seem to stick?

But what are judges feeling for around the dog? Hmmmmm….. And what the heck do they expert to find in a dog’s mouth? And are people like the dogs they show?

Bedlington Terreir being judged National Dog Show Presented by Purina

Bedlington Terrier being judged

Of course, only dogs who enjoy the sport every make it to shows like this one, the National Dog Show Presented by Purina.  And best of all From now through November 25 if you (hashtag) #dogthanking on Instagram, Facebook and/or Twitter and offer a sentence or phrase on why you are thankful for your dog and tag @Purina, $1 goes to the Tony LaRussa Animal Rescue Foundation Pets and Vets Program, which he talks with me about about in this Facebook Live.Steve Dale at National Dog The program pairs shelter dogs with veterans who have returned from combat with post traumatic stress disorder syndrome. In the Facebook Live, I also speak in FAR Lourdes Edlin, lead dog trainer of the Incredible Dog Challenge, who also has trained dolphins and is now training dogs to find large lizards – it’s a fascinating conversation!



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