THE NIGHT BEFORE THE BIG EVENT
On the night before you show your dog, you probably don’t want to wait up just to hear David Letterman’s Top Ten, so in its place, here are the top ten steps you need to follow the night before the big show:
1. Brush out your dog’s coat.
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2. Do any prebath clipping as required.
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3. Trim toenails.
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4. Clean ears.
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5. Express anal sacs if needed.
6. Bathe your dog.
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7. Blow-dry your dog.
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8. Brush out your dog’s coat.
9. Do any postbath clipping.
10. Keep your dog clean. (That means crating him when it’s bedtime and walking him on a leash when outside.)
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THE MORNING OF THE SHOW
The day of the big show has arrived, and you need to put your dog through a normal routine so the both of you are ready for the show ring. Here are the steps you need to take the morning of the show:
1. Keep your dog clean by using a snood or other ear/hair covering, and always walk your dog on a leash.
2. Brush out your dog’s coat and check for areas that may need touch-up clipping.
3. Use leave-in coat conditioners if your breed and/or dog requires them (for example, your dog may need coat dressings, bodifiers, and texturizers to help make the coat look and feel the way it’s supposed to).
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4. Prepare your dog’s crate and get your equipment ready for the show. Here are some items you need to have: Bait pouchBattery-operated portable fans (for summertime or warmer environs) Bed and blankets for the dog in wintertimeCombs and brushesCrate for your dogElectric clippersFolding grooming tableGrooming apron Leave-in coat conditioners and modifiers Mat (for shows on dirt)No-rinse shampooPaper towelsPet bowls (for food and water)Plastic basin (for keeping chalk off floors or for using no-rinse shampoo)Poop cleanup bags or scoopsRugged tack box (for all the stuff you’re hauling around)Show slip-collar and leash (preferably close to your dog’s color) or show martingale (standard show collars and leads that are available online and through catalog supply retailers).Spray bottles with water and other coat productsToenail trimmers or grindersTraveling dryerWater jugs (with water), as most show sites don’t have a good and easy access to waterWashcloths and towelsX-pens or exercise pens
Without a doubt, you’ll think of other things to add to this list as you gain more show experience. The main thing to remember is that you want to keep your dog looking good and feeling healthy and comfortable — cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Depending on how far you travel to shows, you want to have enough gear to handle any grooming that you need to do while on the road.