This thread is just plain disheartening. I love the idea of soaking each one with a hose as they enter the ring. (the dogs, not the judges
) Shame on the judges who reward this travesty.
One of the more fun shows we did last year... we had pouring rain. Like heavy pouring rain.
A lot of people rushed their dogs over from the grooming tents over to the show tent and had the dogs looking as poofed as possible for that first look the judge got as they went out into the ring. Beyond that there was nothing you could do.
Some people were actually skipping grooming completely (I didn't though because I knew the bigger people were not skipping grooming).
The dogs who had proper coats were fine. A lot of them, like Bertie, were damp on top or rain dappled but the coats for the most part stayed dry and the judge could tell.
The ones who had their coat blown open (puppies) got a bit more soaked and judge could tell.
The judge had a ball - and a lot of us were having fun as well. In between trying to keep our shoes on our feet while running through the mud.
I've been told, btw, to never use clippers or blades of any kind on the jacket especially. Because the coats won't look right when they grow back. So I don't know anyone who clips the coat. A lot of people groom the same way...
Only real overgrooming that I've seen are people removing too much around neck and head and trimming along the belly and down the legs. And people using flat irons on flips.