What The Judges Look for In Confirmation/Dog Shows

In dog breeding and showing, a conformation point is any one out of a long list of dog attributes known as the breed standard. This is a set standard, usually written, which is used to judge a given dog against the hypothetical ideal specimen of that breed. All the winners of Best of Breed (or Variety in some cases) compete in group competition with other breeds that do relatively the same thing. However, each individual dog in the group ring is being judged against its own breed’s standard.

An incorrect conformation point is known as a fault.

Common conformation points

  • Coat, includes colour, type, length, pattern and tactile quality
  • Quality, quantity and distribution of markings
  • Temperament (should be characteristic of breed) and general attitude
  • Head shape; colour of head
  • Bite (how the teeth meet when the jaws are closed)
  • Eye shape and colour
  • Shape, set and carriage of ears
  • Size of animal
  • Ratio of animal’s height to its length
  • Skin health (and often pigmentation)
  • Gait (quality and style of stride and general movement)
  • Grooming, in breeds where that applies
  • Tail shape, set and carriage
  • Shape of feet

There are many other qualifiers, and many specifics within these. For example, in some breeds, skin must include an assessment of the quality of the wrinkles. In some breeds, an examination of the mouth includes measurement and judging of the flews, in most others, this does not apply.

Article Obtained From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conformation_point

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Symptoms of Poisoning In Dogs

Dog Poison Symptoms

Once your dog shows poison symptoms, your pet must be treated immediately; any delay would cost its life.

Dog Poison Symptoms vary on the type of poison consumed. Sometimes dog that recovers from the acute phase may suffer from kidney damage.

The common symptoms are;

  • Mental depression

  • Weakness

  • Uncoordinated gait

  • Vomiting

  • Coma

Some of the poisoned dogs may be found with no apparent reason. Some poisons (Warfarin) may cause hematuria (blood in urine) or melena (blood in stools). Even you may notice epistaxis (bleeding from nose).

Once you confirmed that your dog-swallowed kerosene, gasoline, alkali or acid, inducing vomiting is not indicated. Provide milk for poison dilution and rush him to the nearest vet.

Check the label of the container or bottle of the poison to find out if there is any recommended antidote is available. Even you can try to induce vomiting by providing him a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water.

Mix 3% hydrogen peroxide with equal parts of water. Administer the mixture carefully from the side of his mouth instead of pouring the liquid straightaway into the mouth. This forceful introduction of medicine may cause aspiratory pneumonia.

Pull the dog’s lip away from the side of his mouth, deposit the required liquid in the pocket formed in-between the cheek and the teeth. The recommended dosage is a tablespoonful of the mixture per ten pounds of your dog’s weight.

Once his stomach is settled down, a teaspoonful of Epsom salts in plain water will evacuate the contents from the intestine quickly. In case of the dog rat poison symptoms, hydrogen peroxide is the best antidote. The hydrogen peroxide will get converted into hydrogen and oxygen, once it reaches the stomach.

After this emergency treatment, the stomach and bowels of your dog have been evacuated; get an immediate appointment from a vet to relieve the dog poison symptoms completely.