Conformation Plus...Tracking, Therapy, Dock Jumping, Dance
Before beginning any class or activity with you PON you might want to check the AKC website to see what classes and training AKC has available in your area.... AKC Training Clubs
Dog shows are intended to evaluate breeding stock. The size of these events ranges from large all-breed shows with over 3000 dogs entered, to small local specialty club shows, featuring a specific breed. The dog's conformation (overall appearance and structure) is an indication of the dog's ability to produce quality puppies and is a judged show.
AKC registration means a dog its parents, and it ancestors are purebred. It does not indicate health or the quality of offspring. Dogs registered with AKC can have their offspring registered and compete in AyKC events.
If you are interested in showing off your Polish Lowland Sheepdog, a great way to work one-on-one with your PON, talk to your breeder about getting a pup who can possibly be shown. It can never be totally guaranteed. Handling classes are recommended and can be found by contacting you local AKC club.
You may ask what is tracking? According to AKC, "Dogs have a very keen sense of smell---1000 times stronger than humans. Dogs with the help of their noses are often used to find lost animals, people, animals, drugs, avalanche and disaster victims, and even to detect cancer. Tracking is a canine sport that demonstrates a dog's natural ability to recognize and follow a scent and it is the foundation of canine search and rescue work. Unlike obedience and rally trials, where dogs respond to the handlers commands, in tracking the dog is completely in charge, for only he knows how to use his nose to find and follow the track. For many, the greatest pleasure of tracking is the hours spent outside training and interacting with other dogs. The tracking community is know for its comoraderie and they all share in the excitement of a "pass" and athe disappointment of a "fail." For more
Several Polish Lowland Sheepdogs have worked as therapy dogs and have brought great reward to both the PON and the owner. A well-trained, socialized PON will make a great therapist as there are really three requirements. A therapy dog must have 1. a great temperament 2. the abiltiy to tolerate other animals and 3. a desire to be with people. There is no question that the PON breed well trained meets all of these requirements. To learn more
Dock jumping is a simple, yet exciting sport that has been exploding all over the country. UKC is excited to add it as another performance event; just another way to have fun with your dog. There are differnt forms of jumping that UKC dogs will be able to obtain titles in; Ultimate Air or Distance Jumping and Ultimate Vertical. For more information
UKC Dock Jumping
So you love to dance and you love your Polish Lowland Sheepdog? Here's you chance to become a true partner with your dog. Become a dance partner. This is a sport that was started several years ago and is gradually growing in popularity as more and more people learn about it. It has been done with the PON to the music of the Blues Brothers.
For more information canine-freestyle You may also google Musical Dog Sport Association or World Canine Freestyle Organization.