Posing the Lionhead on the show table
comments by Gail Gibbons, holder of the first COD for the Lionhead breed
get asked all the time how to teach a Lionhead to pose?
is temperament. You and the judge will need to be able to place your
your Lionhead has the correct temperament and body type the rest is pretty easy.
There is never a guarantee that any
4 weeks you can begin basic show training. This includes not only posing, but
turning them over or looking at the teeth
Do not be
above using treats. When I trained rabbits for the use in modeling (magazine advertising)
and in the photo studio
train older and younger Lionheads all the same way, though older ones may need
more food treats. Do talk to them
Lionhead Standard states it is a posed breed.
WE DO IT
you have your left hand set and you are raising up
(learned from a wise Brit Breeder/judge) if you have issues or the rabbit has
never done this before, tap with your forefinger right between the pin bones.
Once they are posed remove your right hand, still
Remember to keep talking the whole time.
You do not have to be loud, animals hear much better then humans and most people around you and the judge will never know your secret code.
Once the rabbit is posed as you want stroke the back & keep talking.
You will feel them relax their body and you know you are half way done.
working till you can remove both of your hands and the rabbit will
at your first show the Lionhead may forget the lessons but
We have found by taking them out when they are young they adapt
Study the standard so you are sure that your Lionhead is posing correctly
- not too low but not
candid shot that Sarrah took during a grooming/training session, as I reminded
Beacon to hold that pose.
is nothing that says you have to work with your
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