What Equipment to Take to a Show
You need to be ready for any situation when attending a dog show. Remember you may have to carry everything across large show grounds before you reach your ring or benching area so only take what you need.
Grooming TableMost breeds need a grooming table. It is advisable to pay a little more and purchase one that folds down to a trolley this then becomes the means by which you carry your equipment and possibly dog in cage (for smaller dogs) across the showground to the car park.Cages and trolley tables are essential pieces of equipment. Croft is an excellent manufacturer and supplies equipment to the Kennel Club for Crufts dog show.
Bench Blanket or RugA rug for the ground or a blanket for the dog’s bench is always needed. Use a piece of fleece, which will wash and dry easily.
Leads and ChainsApart from the collar and lead your dog is wearing to travel to the show you will require a show lead and a chain to tether him to his bench.
Grooming EquipmentA brush and comb are essential, as are scissors and wipes in case of last minute ‘touch ups.’ But please remember you are not supposed to trim within the confines of the show venue.
Water and BowlA small bowl for water and a bottle of water – just in case it’s needed and you aren’t near a supply at the show. You can purchase travel bowls that have a lip around the rim that prevents the water from spilling.
Towel and SoapWet wipes are handy for the dog owner, as is a roll of kitchen paper – you’d be surprised how mucky you can get – especially handy on a muddy day! Towels are handy for mucky faces and there are plenty of brands of ‘no water’ cleaning fluid in case the dog has an accident. Just tip a small amount of the fluid onto the coat, rub it in and dry with a towel.Some breeds carry whitening powder – this is not to be left in the coat, it is used more to dry out a wet face or behind and is brushed out.
A good tip is to purchase cornflour or potato flour from a health food shop. Both are very cheap and very absorbent