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Entering the Competition Ring

by Helen Forester CMG

FIRST TIME COMPETITOR
Read the rules
What Class/classes do I enter?
What level am I in?

DOGS
Choose the appropriate competition dog
Your own dog
Clients dogs
Breeders dog

Network with breeders and show people

MAINTAINING COAT AND COAT PREPARATION
Maintenance bathing
Maintenance grooming
Well-presented pre-prepped dog
Pre work

YOUR GROOMING BOX
All the must haves and just incases
Have your competition gear well maintained for optimum performance

PREJUDGING
Prompt, professional and organized
Final pre prep
The judge
Your routine GROOMING
Timing/routine
Toilet break

JUDGING
Presenting your dog
Presenting yourself
Critique

GRATITUDE
Judges
Organizers
Fellow competitors