There are many reasons why a dog might seem unable to perform as well as they might in the show ring. Young dogs being introduced to shows are often apprehensive if they find themselves overawed by other dogs and the multitude of people and noise around them, making them unsure of what is expected of them. Unfortunately just one incidence of rough handling or a bad experience in the ring can cause a lack of confidence and a subsequent dislike of the show ring. If a dog is uneasy or apprehensive in the ring it will lose its concentration and be unable to show at its best.
As a training aid for young dogs, ring craft classes are very helpful and help to instil confidence. Scullcap & Valerian Tablets have been used by generations of professional handlers, breeders and show owners as a safe and effective way of instilling confidence and increasing concentration in the show ring. Given the night before a show and again around two hours before entering the ring, they will reduce anxiety, relax, calm and steady the dog and so enable it to perform in a more confident manner. A further dose may also be given later in the day if this is necessary for late judging or to settle the animal for the journey home. Some dogs may require a daily dose of tablets to be given for the week prior to a show, but every dog’s needs will be different and the amount of tablets can be safely adjusted to suit individual requirements without causing drowsiness or affecting performance.
Liquid Valerian Compound is a quick acting alternative that has a similar formulation and may be used on singular occasions or for short term use.
Sometimes dogs that are confident in the ring, may just need a little more vitality and alertness and for this our Damiana & Kola Tablets can be used. Their formulation helps to increase sparkle and stamina and so can be useful in this situation.
Cats may also suffer from stress at shows, either during the vetting-in process or when be handled during judging. As with dogs, giving Scullcap & Valerian Tablets prior to the event will help to relax them and make the whole experience less stressful. Valerian Compound is also extremely useful for cats as a few drops put onto the bedding will induce a calmness. It may also be given orally if required.
“I would like to congratulate you on your wonderful products. My 2 year old Newfoundland dog was a nightmare at dog shows, he was so boisterous and dragged me around the ring every time. Then I gave him a course of Scullcap & Valerian Tablets a week before a show and also Valerian Compound on the actual day. What a difference! He’s still happy and extrovert in the ring but also very calm but without any sign of tiredness. He is now a joy to show and what’s more he is winning!” Mrs V Wood, Swindon.
Don’t forget you can contact Dorwest on 01308 897272 for advice about using our products.