What do you do to get your dog in the best show condition. What dog foods, suppliments? :wavey:
helpful～～～～～I bathe my puppy weekly, rinse her off after swimming, give her lots of exercise (most days at least an hour of free-running/swimming), I feed a good food Purina Pro Plan, I give her fish oil and omega 3s twice a day. I practice free stacking her and gaiting her in straight lines on both sides on and off throughout the week. I practice trimming her nails, ears, and feet, and blowing her dry.
If you are repairing/rebuilding a damaged coat, for example, a heavier conditioner or oil might be called for. Mink oil, evening primrose oil, even olive oil can be used. Alberto V05 is actually really good! I have a tube in by tack box! Wella Kolestral is good, too. Sometimes just squeezing it through the ends is all that needs be done, to prevent breakage. Sometimes massaging it through the entire coat is needed. A big, full apron, like on a male special, and/or full pants, might need this. I want my dogs to be DOGS and allow them to run in our meadow, swim, and hunt, rather than just being kept under glass - a little coat protection makes this possible with breakage, damage from burrs and sticks, etc.Even for non show dogs this is all great information... thanks for asking the question
PG, you mention the "depends on the coat", how would you judge a coat needing a heavier leave in conditioner or a coat needing just a light conditioning? What kind of oil would you use? I'm seeing Alberta's Oil in the tubes in my head, which is probably not even close to what should be used lol!
As for the treadmill, can a normal people treadmill be used or is it specialty equipment?
"Dangerous" may be a bit harsh... But, a too short belt will cause a dog to short stride, which in addition to being incorrect, and ugly, movement, can eventually cause gait related injury.Wonderful advice! Thanks for the clarification on the treadmill, I'm supposing there are a few of us who might have created a dangerous situation for our dogs.
Is there a general rule of thumb depending on breed/height for the length of the treadmill? I imagine a chihuahua would be safe to use a human one stride-wise"Dangerous" may be a bit harsh... But, a too short belt will cause a dog to short stride, which in addition to being incorrect, and ugly, movement, can eventually cause gait related injury.
Is there a general rule of thumb depending on breed/height for the length of the treadmill? I imagine a chihuahua would be safe to use a human one stride-wise
Guide Dogs for the Blind uses treadmills on their dogs for many of those reasons. Straight lines, consistent speed (important for the handler), and how to pull into a harness, as well as exercise.NObody is suggesting that a treadmill replace free exercise or roadwork, but I absolutely disagree that it is doesn't teach them anything. And I'd venture to guess that the handlers/trainers of top winning show and performance dogs would, too. You can teach a dog consistency of speed using a treadmill. You can teach them to move forward in a straight line. And a dog absolutely must use rear drive to maintain their pace (speed, not the lateral gait known as pacing...) on a treadmill. Additionally, machines built specifically for dogs are on an incline, which strengthens rear drive.