Introducing Myself

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Introducing Myself
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Thu, 08-25-2005 - 11:54am
Hello there, I'm new to this board and IVillage. I am debluvsdogs daughter Collene. My mom signed me up so I can learn as much as possible about dogs since I am trying to get all my certifications for my and my dog. I am Tanner's mommy and I look forward to meeting all of you and trading tips.

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Registered: 03-19-2003
Thu, 08-25-2005 - 1:47pm

Hi Collene and *Welcome* to the Popular Dog Breeds



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Registered: 11-17-2000
Thu, 08-25-2005 - 10:11pm




Hey Collene! So nice to meet you. I'm Greta - We've heard a little about how you and Tanner are doing in the shows and I'm pretty impressed. You look like a professional handler! Are you folks going to a show this weekend? How long does it take you to get Tanner ready for the shows? Do you folks practice? I have 2 shelties but they're not really show dogs (they probably think they are:). Gracie is the tri-color one and Bud is the sable and white.


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Fri, 08-26-2005 - 9:33am
Thank you Donna :) I'm glad to be here me and my mom think it will help me in my dog class and at shows because we also need to take written dog knowlege tests and how good we do on the test gets added in to our final score for final placement to decide best handler and where I come in in that area, I have a ways to go yet, I haven't really placed anywhere there yet. But I have only been doing it since last September and the shows didn't start until March. I actually obedience trained a newfie mix puppy in my class before we got Tanner and took him home by the time he was old enough for his rabies shot and all it wasn't until the end of October that Tanner started so I used my mom's friend's puppy Brady the newfie/lab mix until then, and my mom's friend was so glad because he was a hammerhead before he took those classes with me now he is a sweet boy and a big boy!
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Fri, 08-26-2005 - 10:02am
Hi Greta it really isn't difficult to do the shows once you get started but practice at home and at class makes a big difference like back in July we had a big show and we finished 5th place out of 20 dogs and we were happy but mom says that if I had practiced at home as well as at class I probably would have come in higher. So when the last big show came up just 2 weeks ago now, Tanner and me and my mom and my grandfather practiced for 3 hours! my mom had copies of the judges sheets they use during the show and she was pretending to be a judge and we went through the whole obedience trial 12 times! when we went to the show, we ended up in 3rd place out of 10 dogs! so my mom was right even though I hate to say it lol. Practice does make perfect. Getting Tanner ready for a show is basically a whole week thing. You see, lets say a show is on a Saturday well, then Mon. thru thursday well practice on Friday I give him a good bath and then brush him all out now this time of year he is shedding, so he needs brushing and "mucking" out more than in the colder months I start at his head where the ears are and do his undercoat first and then go back and do the top coat when I get to the hind end where the croupe is and under the tail and the tail that is what takes the longest. He has to be clean and free of all matts, since he is brushed pretty often he doesnt get many matts and the ones he does get come out easily with a metal toothed comb I have a matt splitter but I have only needed to use it on him one time which is good cause they make me nervous they look like a murder weapon I think, mom says it's a mini sickle with a single edge razor in it. Brushing him out is the biggest part of his grooming it takes anywhere from 2-3 hours to do it all! When I'm done with that there is enough fur in the yard to build another dog lol I have my own grooming table and that has what they call an "arm" that clamps onto the side of the table and a "noose" that clips onto the arm and slips around the head to keep them from falling off the table, I got all that for my birthday. I set it all up in my driveway and the little boy across the street always comes out to watch me.I use two different brushes, and two different metal toothed combs, and a shedding rake to do all this. I spray him down after with this stuff called bio-groom coat polish which is a finishing spray and it smells like baby powder and I love putting this stuff on him cause it makes him all puffy and smells so good! I them trim his "grinch paws" the hair on his paws that grow over where the nails are cause a shelties paws have to be a certain shape in the showmanship ring, then I pick up the paw and trim the hair in between the pads on the bottom of his paw and then go back and clip all his nails and his dew claws. That's it for Friday, then the day of the show when we get there, I check me and Tanner in, get our number and my armband, go back and set up the table and his travel crate and put him back up on the table to brush him out for about another 30 minutes and get his rough (that's the collar area)all fluffed up and looking somewhat like a lions mane and use a light coat of hairspray to hold it in place and then the final touch is chalking his paws. A sheltie is supposed to have white paws, and if there are discolorations then there will be points deducted off for that he would be considered a dirty dog, so I have this special stick of white chalk that I put on those discolorations to make his paws white just before going in the ring. That's it, I know it sounds like alot, but really it isn't bad and Tanner loves all the pampering. Mom will always come over and say to Tanner Oh Tanner it's a day at the spa again ha?
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Registered: 03-19-2003
Fri, 08-26-2005 - 11:12am

You're mom's friend is one lucky gal to have her dog trained for her!



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Registered: 08-25-2005
Fri, 08-26-2005 - 11:40am
I love your dogs they are so cute
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Registered: 08-25-2005
Fri, 08-26-2005 - 11:45am
Your dogs are adorible. It takes us about 3hours to get ready for each show and that dose not included the 20min at each show when we get there. Is it just me or are shelties the best dog on the planet. They are barkers but i still love them.
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Registered: 03-19-2003
Fri, 08-26-2005 - 11:48am

Thank you!



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Registered: 11-17-2000
Fri, 08-26-2005 - 11:47pm



You say it isn't difficult but I know that's a lot to do. You must really love your sheltie and doing the shows. You know an awful lot about shelties too. Where did you learn it all? I was lucky to have Gracies former owner to help me (she had to put her for adoption for health reasons) but she taught me all about sheltie feet and the undercoat brushing too. I only have 2 brushes and one metal comb. I am too afraid of the mat breaker to use it, but like you said, I brush a few times a week and they don't usually get mats. Where do you get the bio groom coat polish? Does it condition the coat too? I use miracle coat leave in spray conditioner which helps keep their coats soft and it smells okay but I'd prefer something that smells like baby powder. Thanks for all the show info. It's very interesting to me!


greta
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Fri, 08-26-2005 - 11:50pm



I totally agree - Shelties are the best!!! The barking doesn't bother me much.


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