What's the secret to being the No. 1 Great Dane in Canada? As far as owner Brenda VanderLinden is concerned, practice certainly makes perfect.
But VanderLinden told The Daily News on Monday that a good part of a dog's performance has to do with the animal as well, and the determination of the owners.
"It's an addiction," she said.
And Prevost, a four-year-old Great Dane, does take part in a lot of shows, this past weekend's Kamloops and District Kennel Club all-breed show at Westsyde Centennial Park being the latest.
Prevost took fourth in the working group on Monday morning after running about the ring with VanderLinden's husband Nick, the dog's handler.
Nick received several high-fives from the other human competitors as he exited the ring. He then rushed Prevost back to the couple's air-conditioned motor home to cool off.
In order to sustain a No. 1 ranking, Prevost needs to compete and earn points, said VanderLinden, who lives in Calgary. That means a lot of travelling, with Prevost taking part in a show almost every week from January to December.
"He's almost at a show every weekend," she said. "It just becomes something you do."
The couple had other show dogs but Prevost, who was enrolled in handling classes as soon as he was old enough, showed the most promise. VanderLinden said his abilities became their push to pursue the hobby.
"He's been in the show ring since he was six months (old), and he's been in it continuously," she said.
The VanderLindens have had six Great Danes, four of which were show dogs.
"Sometimes they just have it," she said, adding Prevost doesn't need to practice much anymore.
Prevost was ranked the No. 15 Great Dane in the United States in 2012.