Preparing first show
Itís official! Iíve mailed in my pre entry form and his collar and leash arrive sometime today. The show is two days but since it is both our first time out I opted to just do one of the days but two classes. Im getting nervous/excited and want to make sure Iím doing it right.
I bought a black small link Herm Sprenger fur saver and a 1/2 inch black leather lead. I wanted to find something thinner, but aside from sketchy no name no review makes couldnít find any. Iíve been watching lots of videos and notice some peopleís attire is very bright, I planned on wearing a grey dress with black leggings and flats. Is this too plain? I didnít want to distract from my dog, but nor do I want to be overlooked!
I planned on arriving extra early to help us both get a bearing of our surroundings and to settle in. He works so much nicer if he has the edge worn off and worked a little bit. I know many people crate but is it necessary? Mine is large at 48Ē, awkward and heavy to carry even a short distance. Id rather bring him around with me or have my mom hold him.
For grooming Iím giving him a bath the night before, then was going to spritz and comb ďoutĒ before our classes. Itís our first show, and UKC, so I couldnít justify buying a $200 blow dryer or a table. YET.
Iím bringing a cooler, a few camp chairs, grooming supplies, treats, poop bags, is there anything else I absolutely must bring?
We have been practicing but itís a little difficult to tell where exactly to put his paws when you canít see from the judges perspective. But we have some time still and heís been doing excellent, this is from just his second time allowing me to place him. Note: I am aware itís his right foot that needs to be drawn up underneath, and the left back while he is on my left. I did it both ways because I wasnít thinking. From what I can tell I am placing his foot slightly too far under him, also I have no idea why I have such a dumb look on my face please ignore lol