Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Moore, Oklahoma
I show in AKC, and can tell you what we do.
For starters, I don't bathe any of my dogs regularly. Only when someone is blowing coat so bad that I can't stand it, or when we have a dog show. And the only conditioner I ever use is called Naked Care, and I only use it when I have a naked dog, LOL.
I bathe my dog a couple of hours before ring time, giving myself plenty of time to get her dried. You don't want to take a damp dog into the ring! Alternately, you can bathe the dog the night before you show, and then re-wet the dog completely, instead of shampooing, the next day. Saves a bit of time, which is important if you have a ring time of 8:00 am and you are bathing at 6:00 am and cursing the kennel club for putting GSDs in the ring at practically the crack of dawn.
So anyway, start with a clean, wet dog and blow dry. You can dilute some bodifier in a spray bottle, and spritz your dog before you dry her, if you feel like she needs it. I groom Sage and Carly a little differently from each other, since they have different coats. LOL, I can make a little diagram for you showing the direction to blow dry the coat, if you want. Basically it's just against the grain, to make the coat stand up. Except on the back and the back of neck. That's flat.
Is all this clear as mud?
~ Diane ~
CARLY ......... Ch. Lauremi's No Reservations (AKC GCh pointed, HIC)
SCARLET ..... Lauremi's Almost Wasn't (AKC pointed)
and absent friends... SAGE ~ Lauremi's Whim Z v Jakmar ~ AKC major ptd, HIC ~ 2010-2015