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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 02-23-2019, 09:46 PM Thread Starter
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Show etiquette and some other questions

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So I was wondering what is some show etiquette? Some things you wish you knew when you were starting out? I don't want to make more mistakes than I have to lol

Also I was wondering what is your favorite bait to use? Are there some things that are a no no in the ring for bait? Like overly smelly treats or anything?

What are your must haves for shows? I am trying to make a list I can print off and maybe laminate and check off before each show so I don't forget anything.

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Show etiquette and some other questions

My handler uses chicken breast for bait. She generally buys a bag of frozen (unbreaded) chicken strips, and thaws that out. Scarlet loves it! The only thing you need to be aware of is dropping bait on the ground. PICK IT UP!

I make a check list before each show. If itís an out of town show, then I have a LONG list. If itís a local show, I donít need to drag as much stuff with me. We groom at the show too, so thereís all that equipment.

At the grooming site I have a crate, clip on bucket for water, and a crate pad. Usually a sheet to throw over the crate to keep the dog quiet.

Grooming involves a grooming table with an arm and noose. Blow dryer, extension cord. Shampoo, if you havenít bathed your dog the night before. Whatever products you need (bodifier, etc). A comb. Towel.

Show collar and lead.

If you spend the night, then you need to bring food, bowls etc.

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Of course youíll probably need bandaids, ibuprofen, and general first aid stuff for yourself, because invariably youíll need it, lol.

Oh and POOP BAGS!! keep one in your pocket.
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Thank you <3

We only have one local show, The rest will be around 4 or more hours away, so I just plan on them all being at least over nights lol Thankfully Dean does great on car rides lol

I've heard a few people throw a sheet over the crate. Does it work with super nosy dogs, or do they just get upset they can't see anything? Dean is a nosy and vocal fella, and I would hate to ham him throw a temper-tantrum and bother people. Does that bother people?

Does she cook the chicken breast? I tried to make some dehydrated fish snacks to try those out, and they can super smelly, so I wasn't sure if that would bother other dogs, and get the other handlers mad at me lol

I have also been let in on the secret of keeping bait in the cheeks to keep a dogs focus. I honestly just thought it was because fancy show clothes didn't have pockets lol

Thank you again dogfaries for all the help you have been giving me <3
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The chicken she uses is already cooked, so itís pretty easy. As far as covering the crate with a sheet, well, a lot of GSDs will bark at dogs walking by the crate. Barrier frustration, I guess. So that sheet comes in handy!
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Yes! Have fun!!

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As an aside, for those that think American show line sables are always light colored, take a look at that big olí dark sable in the background of the first photo.

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The chicken she uses is already cooked, so itís pretty easy. As far as covering the crate with a sheet, well, a lot of GSDs will bark at dogs walking by the crate. Barrier frustration, I guess. So that sheet comes in handy!
I wonder if a sheet would work at home lol Dean likes to chase the cats, and gets really frustrated when they are playing and he is in his crate at night. He can hear them running around and starts throwing a temper tantrum lol
Maybe I will try my hand at sewing a crate cover. It will give me something to do during this blizzard we are having lol

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Just wanted to say good luck and have fun!!
Thank you. I am super nervous lol We aren't getting into the ring until this spring or early summer, but I like to plan ahead lol

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