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The City of Roses hosts the Northwest's largest dog show

Friday, January 1, 2010by  Christa VanWieringen

Showing dogs at Rose City Classic Dog ShowWhat’s cuter than a dog that does tricks? How about 3,000 dogs that do multiple tricks? For 4 days, starting January 15th and ending January 19th, the Portland Exposition Center is the host of the Rose City Classic Dog Show, where thousands of dogs will test their abilities in four possible categories: conformation, obedience, rally, and agility. The PEMCO WALLY Team didn’t want to miss the opportunity of attending this entertaining event, so we went and learned a few things about dog shows.

While there, we met an award-winning dog (or is it a lion?), named Sasha. At only 2 years old, this Tibetan Mastiff has been competing in dog shows since he was a 6-month-old puppy and has won top titles in many shows, including the Westminster Dog Show. This larger-than-life pup is local to the Seattle area, but he’s no Cascade Canine Sherpa. Weighing in at a whopping 130 pounds, Sasha, and his owner Ricardo, share with the WALLY team what it takes to be named the Best Dog in Show.

Sasha at Rose City Classic Dog Show Grooming: It's one of the most important aspects of a dog show and includes everything from shampooing, brushing, cutting, blow drying, and styling the fur. The conformation category is just a fancy word for the beauty competition, and your dog must look flawless in order to place high.

Training: These dogs are trained to be very obedient, and it’s a must for these events! Most owners hire a professional handler who will show their dog to get a better score.

It’s also best to carry pockets full of treats to reward the dog for good behavior.

Great Attitude: This is THE most important rule to follow. Dogs tend to adjust their attitude to their surroundings, so if you’re feeling down most likely your dog is too. So put on a smile and show off that dog!

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