Norwegian Buhund: A dog with deep roots in history By LA Dahlmann
"When we tell the story of the Norwegian Buhund, we must distinguish between the old Norwegian word buhund and the more modern-day dog breed with the same name. They are two different entities – although also the same.
When Snorri Sturluson mentioned the buhund in his Viking sagas, he referred to a type of dog based on its role among the humans and its abilities – rather than its exact appearance. The word buhund means a settlement-, homestead-, or farm dog.
The first Norwegian Buhund breed-standard came in 1926, based on a dog that had evolved, lived, and worked with the Norwegians since time immemorial. Historically, this was an all-purpose dog with many talents and skills.
The 1926 standard focussed on the buhund’s strength as a sheep dog – but let us start with the beginning."
It is up to the judge to decide if they will use the ramp, not the exhibitor.
Do not stand behind the ramp (or table) and stack your dog. Leave a good amount of space when you stack while judges are doing first impressions, while you are waiting your turn on the ramp for exam and as you stack your dog for placement decisions.
Stacking your dog on the ramp: Stack your dog as close to the front and to the judge’s side as possible to make it easy for the judge to examine your dog.
Some exhibitors choose to turn the dog around and back them down the ramp, while others allow the dog to jump of the end of the ramp. Some exhibitors lift their dog onto and off the ramp as they would a table breed. There is no hard and fast rule about how an exhibitor should do this so whatever you choose, make sure the dog is familiar with the routine and your transitions are quick, smooth and non-distracting.
Group-Ring Ramp Etiquette: Everything above plus -
Before the group goes in, make sure the ramp is in the ring and down – even if you aren’t going to be using it, other breeds in the herding group do use it and it shows you are looking out for others.
If the judge is not a judge you had previously shown to:
It would be wise to ask the steward if the judge would like the Buhund shown on the ramp or on the ground.
You may default to using the ramp in groups for ease of judging.
If it is a judge you had previously shown to, tend toward whatever the judge had you do for breed (ground/ramp) or ask the steward kindly.
2 Count – 3/4 Inch or 1 Inch MDF Sheet 2 Feet x 4 Feet
2 Count – 4 Inch Strap Hinge
4 Count – Precut 24 Inch 2x4 Lumber
8 Count – 2 Inch Screws
Optional: 4 Count – L Brackets with screws
8.5 Linear Feet of Ribbed Vinyl Runner (I Purchased A Runner 27” Wide)
1 Count of HOMEeasy Clear Double-Sided Seam Tape
Decide how tall you would like your ramp to be. Using the pre-cut lumber as-is will provide you with a ramp 24 ¾ - 25 inches tall with a 30 degree incline. This is the maximum height a ramp can be. We built the “table” portion of the ramp this way and then decided that was much taller than the ramps used at our local shows so we used a saw to trim the legs down to 17.5 inches. AKC specs say that the ramp needs to be 15-24 inches high with no more than a 30 degree incline.
Line up where you would like the legs to go and drill two pilot holes per leg and fasten both 2 inch screws per leg.
Examine the height of your “table”, if you would like the overall height to be shorter, cut the legs now.
If desired, add L brackets to the legs for extra stability.
Fasten the two strap hinges onto the “table” so that the ramp will fold onto the top of the “table”. We fastened them 5 inches into each side.
Fasten the strap hinges onto the “ramp” portion.
Lay out the HOMEeasy double-sided tape on each side of the “table” then place additional tape in strips across the “table” and “ramp”. Make sure the hinges are adequately covered.
Prepare your vinyl by cutting your 8.5 foot piece into two 4.25 foot pieces.
Starting from the hinge side of the “ramp”, pull the paper off two or three strips of the double-sided tape and line up your vinyl runner and press the runner firmly onto the tape, smoothing out any bubbles. There will be “extra” hanging off the other 3 sides.
Progress by removing two or three strips of tape and repeating the process of smoothing the vinyl runner onto the surface.
Once this is complete, repeat with the “table” side.
Use the utility blade to cut away the extra runner off the sides of your practice ramp.