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Do any of you use special grooming products on your dogs before a show? Chalk, coat enhancers, etc? I've heard of everything from chalking to using mascara to make the whiskers more black. I personally have zero interest in using anything like that. When Vegas starts showing he'll get a bath with some high quality shampoo, get dried, nails dremmeled, and a good brushing. And that's it! :p
What are your thoughts? Do you use anything before a show?

Also, to what degree do you like to see dogs stacked? I can't bring myself to stack vegas on his hock or over extend his leg too much. It just looks to unnatural to me. I plan on showing him in UKC, which is a lot more lenient that AKC, but I do want to give AKC a shot. I'd love to see some pictures of an 'ideal' stack for show, that isn't overdone. Thanks!
 

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I'll freely confess to knowing nothing about conformation, but my understanding was that using anything to dye or alter the color of a dog's fur was forbidden? Like conditioner is fine, and hair spray is fine, and whitening shampoo to brighten a coat is acceptable, but I always thought anything that actually "paints" the dog is not permitted.

If I'm wrong I would be grateful for someone to correct me.
 

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I don't know all the rules either. But I think that covering up, adding on, or trying to fake something shouldn't be allowed, and it defeats the purpose of showing. The dog doesn't have it, he doesn't.

I agree with you, don't over stack him! Overstacking looks unprofessional to me, and like the owner is trying to cover some other flaw up. Hopefully a decent show person will chime in and show you how to stack without making him look like a frog attempting ballet like some folks seem to like.
 

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You can't use products like chalk or coat enhancers on your dogs in UKC.

I bathe my dog about a week before a show. The day off I spritz with water and ACV mix, then use the dog dryer to fluff and blow out excess coat, brush lightly to smooth cowlicks and that's about it. Nails I trim constantly so I don't need to do that just for a show.
 

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I was raised with American line show dogs and I was taught that you never alter their appearance. Bath them, dry them with a high velocity dryer, brush them, maybe spray some coat conditioner on them and dremel their nails.
I do see people with other breeds using chalk, dye and whatnot. I don't think it is allowed but they will do what they want I guess. And I know some gsd people who will trim their dogs up a little and use thinning shears to enhance their outline but I don't feel that is right. Gsds are a natural breed imo.
 

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GSDs are altered constantly in AKC :p

Nails colored black, noses made blacker, tan made redder, etc.

The most I do as far as product goes is use hair spray to hold up the hair of a dog that doesn't have a great croup. Otherwise my dogs are basically shown as is.

I'll use a coat conditioner spray on dogs that are blowing coat, as the coat will sometimes look a little dull otherwise.
 

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I use a good shampoo, some bodifier here and there where needed (depends on how out of coat the dog is), blow dry. Just bought a new Kool Dry blow dryer today (Chris Christensen) at the dog show. It is amazing.

It's a big show in Oklahoma City, and I really want my girl to win this weekend. It's the same bunch of dogs that she beat in Tulsa, so I've got my fingers crossed that she can repeat it.


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when I was showing my black dawg,,shampooed with black dog shampoo, poofed out with a blower, used "The Stuff", and sometimes mink oil..
 

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i showed my pup when he was a puppy. i would bathe him
the morning of the show. then after he air dried i combed him
and brushed him.
 

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When I was showing Tag, he was bathed in the morning and blown almost dry. Then we would put some bodifier on him and blow him completely dry.
 

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I use Isle of Dog shampoos to bring out gloss and use a forced air dryer. No conditioner, no chalk or color alterations. I want my dogs to be judged on their merits, not on my ability to use whatever trick of the day is popular. I have a bitch with half a white toe (black nail). I was advised to chalk it; I refused. No judge has ever mentioned it. I have a bitch with long toes; I trim the hair over the nail so you can see where the nail bed starts. That's it.

I think folks who fake their dogs into a placement are missing the point of showing. Pride in what you produce shouldn't be augmented by what are essentially cheats. That's why I show primarily UKC. You can have an exhibitor removed if you see them chalking. I've reported an aussie exhibitor who chalked an entire dark paw out with white and left a poof of the stuff around her grooming area. I'd report her again, or anybody that is so blatantly disrespecting the other exhibitors and their dogs.
 
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