Yes, you can go into the conformation ring with little or no training on your dog but then you are less likely to get the results that we are all hoping for when we step out of the ring. A well groomed, trained, animated dog is more likely to be noticed than a dog, who may even have nicer conformation.
Obedience also gives your dog confidence in you. They want you to be in charge. This helps with those shy, nervous dogs or for dogs who lack attitude. We learn a lot in obedience classes which help to make things fun for everyone.
Obedience helps to create our conformation dogs!
Conformation helps to create our obedience dogs!
The conformation ring is a fabulous place to start our obedience dogs! Where else do we get to play in the ring with our dog, bait them for offering behaviours, and give them confidence in us so that they are not worried about people or an exam of any type?
Dogs are BRILLIANT so please do not underestimate what they can learn!