Longview dog show gives East Texans a first hand look at competitive dog handling
LONGVIEW, Texas– — For two days, dogs and their handlers made their way to East Texas to compete at the Maude Cobb Activity and Convention Center in the Longview Kennel Club Dog Show.
For five dollars, East Texans got a chance to see some breeds of dogs they may have only seen on television.
Organizers say that when you see these shows up close and personal, it may give you a new appreciation for the amount of work these handlers, owners, and dogs put into these competitions.
This weekend's show consisted of obedience and rally trials.
Now this is an all-breed dog show, and this weekend more than 115 breeds were on hand.
Professional handlers tell KETK they and the dogs have to work together for months, or sometimes years, to be able to build a trust and then compete at a high level.
And along the competition rings, were groomers, making sure every canine was looking his or her best.
But it's not just these behind the scenes details that people miss when they don't watch these shows in person.