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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.

Thank you <3
 

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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 it’s an out of town show, then I have a LONG list. If it’s a local show, I don’t need to drag as much stuff with me. We groom at the show too, so there’s 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 haven’t 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.

I found some random photos of our grooming setups.







 

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Of course you’ll probably need bandaids, ibuprofen, and general first aid stuff for yourself, because invariably you’ll 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 it’s 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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As an aside, for those that think American show line sables are always light colored, take a look at that big ol’ dark sable in the background of the first photo.
 

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The chicken she uses is already cooked, so it’s 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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As an aside, for those that think American show line sables are always light colored, take a look at that big ol’ dark sable in the background of the first photo.
I seen that. Dark sables are my favorite color lol
I've heard that sables aren't very common in American show lines though?
 

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I seen that. Dark sables are my favorite color lol

I've heard that sables aren't very common in American show lines though?


Actually they are very common! Scarlet has a champion half sister who is sable. There are a LOT of sables where I live.
 

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Actually they are very common! Scarlet has a champion half sister who is sable. There are a LOT of sables where I live.
Really? I have been thinking if I ever wanted a sable I would have to get a working line if I ever wanted a sable lol
I am going to go google sable American show lines lol
 

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If you’re on FB, go to Stillwaters German Shepherds (It’s a public group). They are friends of mine that breed and show, and have a lot of photos of sables.
 

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Dark sables are now my favorite color. Yes lots of asl have lots of sables along with bicolors and blacks. Max’s dam a bicolor really dark and his sire a patterned sable. Max has a sable granddam . Max is a asl and is beautiful dark sable. I often have to lighten photos to see his dark face and eyes.





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If you’re on FB, go to Stillwaters German Shepherds (It’s a public group). They are friends of mine that breed and show, and have a lot of photos of sables.
Thank you <3 I will go check them out right now
I just asked to join the group lol
 

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Dark sables are now my favorite color. Yes lots of asl have lots of sables along with bicolors and blacks. Max’s dam a bicolor really dark and his sire a patterned sable. Max has a sable granddam . Max is a asl and is beautiful dark sable. I often have to lighten photos to see his dark face and eyes.







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So beautiful <3 <3 <3
 

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Has anyone tried any kind of volumizing shampoo on their shepherd for the show ring?
 

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Me again.

For Carly and Sage we used Chris Christensen Spectrum 0ne shampoo, and then I used their Thick n Thicker Volume Response Foaming Protein. Wash the dog, then rub the Thick n Thicker in. Let sit 5 minutes, then rinse.

Scarlet doesn’t need a volumizer, so I use the Cowboy Magic Rosewater shampoo. Love it!
 

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Hello. Do you have to have a grooming table/booth and groom/bath at the show or can I, who knows completely nothing about showing have a groomer do the work at home and then I can do the brush up at the show? I will have to be self-taught. Thank you
 
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