Top Tips for showing your dog
When you start showing your dog there are many things to think about,
and when the day of the show arrives the nerves kick in and you forget
things, so Ive written down my top tips to being prepared and staying
- Be organised, keep a show diary, when you send your entries off,
put in a self-addressed postcard with "receipt for ......... show"
and the name of your dog on it. So when your entries are received by
the show secretary, they will then return it and you will have
confirmation of your entry. Always take your confirmation to the
shows with you, so if required you can prove your entry.
- Prepare the day before the show. Think about what you might need
to take with you? Some examples include; show lead(s), poo bags,
Teepols hand sanitizer, proof of entry, grooming equipment,
Dooleys pet care Travel pack, water for your dog, food / treats
for your dog, bedding and towels, dog crate if required, bench
chains, passes for you and your dog(s), car pass, food for
yourself, drinks for yourself, show clip, crate / bench
identification, normal collar and lead, chair for yourself etc.
- Prepare your dog in advance. Bathing, (use Dooleys Shampoo for
the professional look) grooming, cleaning of ears and teeth etc. all
play a key role in making your dog look it's best.
Make yourself a handy 10-1 Dooley's shampoo spray mix. Great for use
with wet-wipes for muddy paws or accidents, i.e. car sickness on the
day of the show. And with your Dooleys
Mini Travel bottles you will have everything you need on the day to
keep your dog and the area safe and clean.
- Think about what you are going to wear, not only does it need to
look smart and be comfortable but you need it to compliment your
dog. E.g. if you show a cream dog, don't wear cream. You need to
wear a colour that will make your dog stand out from you and show
off its outline. Make sure you wear non-slip comfortable shoes.
- On the morning of the show make sure you have planned your
route and take the directions / Sat Nav with you. Give yourself
plenty of time to get to the show, and dont forget your dog! (it
- When you get to the show, set up your area, put the crate and
your chair up. It is important your dog has a safe place to rest
- Make sure you give your dog time at the show to settle / calm
down and relieve themselves before you have to go in the ring.
- Relax and enjoy yourself and remember the judges decision on
the day is what counts. If its not your dogs day! Remember to
congratulate the winners. You always take the best dog home and the
next show might just be your day. Good luck and have fun!