Such a scene is what every dog show handler dreams of: winning, earning titles, beating the competition, climbing up in the breed rankings. Showing a dog can be a lot of fun. There is a lot of pride in showing a great representative of a particular breed. There is often great camaraderie among the handlers, who understand and appreciate the hard work and dedication that goes it breeding, raising, training, and showing great dogs. Many dogs feed off of all of the attention and treats that they get in the ring, and they thrive in such an environment.
Whether you are just getting started with conformation, have just brought home a new puppy that you expect to show in the future, or are simply looking to improve your current show dog's chances, winning a show is not just about successful breeding. Although that is a large part of it, it is also about training and preparation. While selecting the right dog is the first essential step in competing and winning, great training will help you go all the way with your pup.
If you are using 'The Stand Method' then the training will go faster if you pup already knows the 'down', 'sit', and 'OK' or 'free' commands. If you are using 'The Walk Method' then you will need a small Ziploc bag to put your treats into, and a pocket or treat pouch to hold the bag. You will also need a thin, slip lead type leash--the type that is typically used in show rings. You will also need a resource for viewing proper Golden Retriever movement in the ring, such as online videos or live attendance at a dog show. Finally, you will need a location where you can practice walking your pup in the presence of other people and dogs, such as a class setting, a public park, or your own self-created class, put on by you and other dog show friends. With all of the methods, you will need a positive and encouraging attitude to keep your dog happy, confident, and excited about training and showing.