JACKSON, Miss.(WJTV) – The 2018 Magnolia Classic Dog Show concluded Sunday evening.
Dogs big and small competed for four days in various breed specialty shows, obedience and rally events.
President and Co-Show Chair Teresa Gardner says this is almost the 80th year for the popular show.
“We have a CGC title, which is canine good citizen. We have community canine good citizen testing, therapy dog testing, and of course we have confirmation which is the one that everybody watches on TV. That’s who you see at the Westminster Dog Show,” Gardner said.
Throughout the Mississippi Trade Mart hall, hundreds of pups were being fluffed and cleaned up for show time. We asked a few dog handlers and owners what it takes to prepare for a big show.
Ashley Miller said, “We have to condition them at home, make sure they’re in good condition. Feed them the right type of food doing exercise at home. “
As for Nicole Munneke, owner of the number one Miniature Poodle in the country, she says training is key.
“A lot of training. I mean, they’re smart animals. So if you train them correctly, you’ll have fun out there. Enjoy the ride,” Munneke explained.
The show put on every year by the Mississippi Kennel Club and Greenville Kennel Club, not only brings in dogs from across the country and world, but they’re bringing in revenue to Jackson.
“The hotels, the restaurants, the dog groomers, the veterinarians are involved. It is definitely a community project,” said Gardner.