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    • June 23, 2013 10:06 PM CDT
    • Congratulations for getting in the ring!  How relaxed she was about it says a lot about how comfortable you made her feel being out and about and doing something so different. 




    • June 23, 2013 8:42 AM CDT
    • I just completed my first ever competition at PetQuest with my standard poodle. Been grooming 20 years but first competition. The girl who took first in the entry level class did an AWESOME job on her mini poodle. Prepare for lots and lots of practice. Big thing is find out how much time you have to groom the dog. Back in March I did a hands on seminar with Lisa Leady. Spent 2 days grooming my dog. I thought she looked really good. In the contest ring I had 2 hrs and 15 min. Not so good. A groomer friend said Hershey is 13 weeks away. (She does the Rescue Roundup) So now I want to come up with a strategy on getting more hands on help with my groom. Also doing her every 2 weeks or so and trying to get her in an awesome groom in 2 hrs and 15 min. Hershey in Sept., NEPGP in Oct., Intergroom next April here we come. I did accomplish my 2 goals I set for myself and my dog. I got up and competed and my dog did great, like she had been doing it all her life. Think she started falling asleep while I worked on her back end and she was great with all the dogs, elevators, walking around the trade show and all the people that wanted to pet her. 

    • March 7, 2012 1:01 PM CST
    • While there is some difference between the first timer grooms and those in open (and there should be!) you do have some pretty awesome grooms in the beginner class.  I am sure they don't stay there long, but you should not compete thinking "is this good enough".  I've competed couple times and constantly worked to improve my grooms all the way up to the competition, never wondered if they were good enough, but knew they were my best work.  As for my experiences competing, sorry can't say they were good.  Would I try again?  Have thought about it.  Perhaps I'll keep giving it a try until I get the "respect/treatment" I feel I deserve as a competitor, then I'll say "Yes! I did it!" and quit.

    • March 7, 2012 7:23 AM CST
    • I was watching the Poodle class in Atlanta. It was obvious which ones were first timers. Many people compete to get the critiques, improve, and move up.




    • March 6, 2012 11:50 AM CST
    • " I am trying to grow out her head and crest but I'd like to know if this quality would be acceptable for a first time competition groom? "


      Are you asking about the quality of the dog or the quality of the groom? It's hard to judge the groom because you can't see the whole face from the picture. Just look at lots of pictures of show bichons on the Net (Facebook is a great resource for photos) and see if your bichon groom looks like those pictures. Your question sounds like you think that just because it's a "first time competition groom" that you can get away with a lower quality groom. I wouldn't make that assumption unless you really don't care if you win or lose, and you just want the experience. I'll bet other first-time competition groomers will have bichons that look darn near perfect. To the competitors out there: am I wrong? 

    • February 9, 2013 2:03 PM CST
    • I think I'm going to suggest it to our local competition, I'd be all over it :)

    • January 27, 2013 6:50 PM CST
    • SuperZoo does it every year

    • January 27, 2013 8:13 AM CST
    • I think Hershey did. It's becoming a more popular competition.

      If we had one closer, I'd love to do it. I don't want to pack all my stuff to fly it somewhere.




    • January 27, 2013 7:59 AM CST
    • Didn't either Hershey or Intergroom do Rescue Rodeo this past year? I haven't been able to go to APF the last few years and I'd swear I saw it elsewhere. I would love to do that, it sounds like a blast!

    • January 26, 2013 7:44 PM CST
    • Rescue rodeo rocks, my favorite class too :)

    • January 26, 2013 12:53 PM CST
    • I would like to do rescue rodeo myself but don't want to have to try to pack everything into a bag to fly with and APF is too far to drive. 

    • January 26, 2013 12:41 PM CST
    • Barb--You should do the Rescue Rodeo. Out of all the competitions I have done (which I really haven't done a lot, LOL!) that one is my favorite! :-)

    • January 24, 2013 9:23 PM CST
    • It's funny, I don't think about winning at all. I want to see where or if I'm improving.

    • January 24, 2013 4:18 PM CST
    • I so admire those that compete!  I thought about it one year with an Irish Terrier, only to realize that our Kansas City show does not have any competitions. :(




    • January 24, 2013 8:42 AM CST
    • How exciting. The more you do it the easier it will become. Sounds like you have a good plan for your competition dogs. 

    • January 24, 2013 12:32 AM CST
    • You all know I entered my first grooming competition last year, and blew myself out of the water :P
      This years competition was just posted tonight and I'm already making plans. Well, I've actually been planning since last year but now I know what weekend I'm planning for. September 14-16. I'm going to try again, minus the excess coat idiocy. I'm grooming my Porti mid July and I'll give her a bath every two weeks til the show. Ditto with my personality clip. I've got a Havanese that comes in on a two week schedule so I really don't have any adjustments to make on him other than growing his legs out a bit. I'm going to be asking for help with my prep this year as well. I may not learn quickly but I do learn :D
      The show is in a new venue this year but it's an improvement ove the old one I think.
      This show is nine months away and I'm already stoked.

    • August 29, 2012 1:20 PM CDT
    • Jodi Murphy sells an instructional DVD that goes through everything in a great amount of detail. And it's entertaining too! She tells some wonderful stories of do's and don'ts in competing.

    • August 28, 2012 10:14 PM CDT
    • The NDGAA private testing does not provide a table.  I want one anyway.  ;)


      Thanks for the tips!  Bring money to spend too, lol.

    • August 28, 2012 9:01 PM CDT
    • Meant to say that despite all my thorough packing I ALWAYS seem to leave something behind and have to buy it at the show! LOL!

    • August 28, 2012 8:54 PM CDT
    • I'm not sure how much help I will be. I am a *newish* competitor (only been in 6 competitions so far) but I will try to help anyway. When I pack I pack EVERYTHING. I have a Chris Christensen tote that pretty much everything fits in. My styling products (Thick n thicker mousse, hair spray, etc), my scissors (I bring several pairs--my competition set and a 'back up' set), a couple of Le Pooch brushes, a pin brush, my CC mister with Bottoms Up to go in it, SOC set, my Wahl Switchblades, my Bravura, my Bravmini, stripping knives, a de-matter, Andis power de-shedder, my favorite comb, hemostats, ear cleaner, styptic powder, my favorite shampoo and conditioner. . . you get the picture. But most of this stuff I bring is because I usually do the Rescue Rodeo and with that I never know what I am going to get. Otherwise I would just pack for the tools I would use on the specific dog(s) I know I will be using. Every competition I have been to has provided a table. But don't forget a grooming loop! They never provide those! LOL!

    • August 28, 2012 8:05 PM CDT
    • I'm interested in your last minute grooming procedures, packing list, must-have equipment for traveling.


      I have never groomed "on the road" and it is intimidating.  I want to be sure I have equipment long enough beforehand to get very familiar with it.


      What are the top 5 things you would never leave home without?

    • April 9, 2012 1:38 PM CDT
    • thanks

    • April 9, 2012 1:28 PM CDT
    • I may be able to help out next year at the Kansas City show. 




    • April 9, 2012 1:19 PM CDT
    • We are looking for dogs for ndgaa certification this year at any of the shows. can anyone help?