Howard Lake Herald, July 14, 1997

Dogs invade Wright County Fairgrounds


Howard Lake and the Wright County fairgrounds were the destinations for almost 1,100 dogs along with their owners and handlers July 5 and 6.

Entries came from as far away as Alaska, Texas, North Carolina and many states in between.

The fairgrounds was full of huge motorhomes that carry sometimes as many as 20 dogs for an owner or handler

Steve and Mary Swenson of Howard Lake showed their Old English Sheepdog both days.

They are learning the ropes of the dog show world, coat care for their dog, and handling techniques for ring presentation.

There were two types of competition at the shows; breed judging and the obedience trial.

In the breed ring, each dog is judged on how well it represents the standard of excellence written for that particular breed.

The best animal of each breed competes in a group competition that includes other breeds in its group.

All dogs that worked at herding sheep or cattle are in the herding group.

The best animal from the sporting, hound, working, terrier, toy non-sporting, and herding groups will compete for the best in show honor.

The obedience trial is a test of training and handling skill for the owner and dog.

A perfect score of 200 points is rarely achieved, but it is the goal for many participants.

The main goal is to get over half the points available for each part of the test and get a qualifying score.

This score will count for one leg or part of the requirements for an obedience title given by the American Kennel Club.

The show is held on the weekend following the fourth of July, every year at the Wright County fair grounds.

There are vendors selling many types of dog stuff, and it is free to the public.

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