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The Triangle is the second most used pattern in conformation. This pattern allows the judge to assess rear, side and front movement.


The pattern usually starts down the right side of the ring so that your dog is on your left. Approach the judge (the "Judge" is the small circle on the diagram, you will be approaching from the judges left)and turn toward the first leg of the pattern so that your dog is in front of and going directly away from the judge. Quickly pick a visual point at the far end of the ring (if outside or ring is un-matted) to head toward so that you gait your dog in a straight line (it is very hard to evaluate movement when the dog looks like a drunken sailor!). If the ring is matted you will keep the dog in the center of the mat at all times. When you reach the far side of the ring you will turn left and go to the next corner. Slow down just before you reach the corner. As you get into the corner you will start the turn with your left foot (toes pointing toward the right) then step back behind you with your right foot at a 90* angle with your toes pointing in the direction you will be going next which is a diagonal line across the center of the ring back towards the judge. (see photos)
When you are approximately 6 feet away from the judge you will stop the dog in a stand position to show the dogs’ natural stance, do not hand set his feet during this time. You should stop the dog facing the judge or at a ¾ angle to the judge making sure to keep your body out of the judges line of sight. Many handlers show the dogs profile but that is not really correct. You may bait the dog to get an alert expression. When the judge dismisses you take your dog all the way around the ring to the end of the line-up.
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