Are you new to dog shows? – Here are 10 important things you will need to know!

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Many dog owners choose to show off their puppies or dogs. We all think that our dogs are the most beautiful in the world. Our dogs occupy a special place in our hearts and we simply cannot be objective when it comes to them. The dog shows are a good way to find a same breed for reproduction of your dog. In addition, the price you can get for breeding your dog or puppy is much higher if you have a well-known show dog.

If you decide to go to a dog show, there are more than just a few things you should take with you on the trip and venue. You have to be prepared and make sure you do not run out of things you might need during the show. If you are just starting out with dog shows, we bring you 10 things you will need.

1. Food and water

This is self-evident. You will spend the whole day at a dog show, and neither you nor your dog can be left without food and water for so long. Make sure you have enough food for your and at least enough for one portion to dog’s bowl.

2. Money or credit card

Having enough money with you is a good idea no matter where you go. Make sure you can buy anything you may have forgotten to take with you to the show. In addition, many exhibitions have exhibitors and various manufacturers who have special exhibition offers. If they do not accept credit cards, you can always pay in cash.

3. Cage with a soft dog pillow

Dog shows can last quite a while, and when your dog is not in the ring, he must have a place where he can relax and rest. Taking a dog cage is a great idea. Not only will your dog have peace and quiet, but he will also have a soft place to sleep. Taking a large tent for your dog and you are also a good idea. This is the best way to provide a little space just for yourself and your dog.

4. Desserts

Some owners like to use treats in the ring. This will ensure that your dog is fully focused on you. The treats used in the ring are called baits. Make sure you enter dog shows where the use of baits is allowed.

5. Leash for exhibitions

Ordinary leashes are different from exhibition leashes. The leashes for the exhibitions are thinner and not very suitable for real-life scenarios. But you will need to take the dog for a walk, and you will need their usual collar and leash. Make sure you have it with you at the show.

6. Grooming equipment

Even if your dog does not need a lot of grooming, take grooming equipment with you. You never know what might happen. Preparing is much better than finding yourself in a situation of something you do not have. Your dog may need final grooming before entering the ring, so make sure you have essential grooming equipment with you.

7. Equipment for cleaning

Dogs do not like to procrastinate, especially when they are surrounded by nature at an outdoor dog show. Be prepared for any scenario. Take all the cleaning equipment you use for your dog at home.

8. Proof of entry

Dog shows require you to pay a registration fee. This is one of the ways of the kennel associations survive and can organize dog shows. You don’t want to have any problems entering the exhibition, so if you paid online, be sure to print out the receipt you received. It is better to have several ways to prove that you paid for the exhibition.

9. Folding chair

One of the things that only experienced exhibitors can tell you is – take your chair with you. Not all dog shows have benches or chairs, so be sure to bring your own folding chair. Trust us, you will want to have a place to sit and relax. Standing on your feet all day can be difficult and very tiring.

10. Documents

One of the things you want to have with you are yours and your dog’s documents. This is especially important if travel abroad. Some countries need proof of vaccination for your dog, and you don’t want to miss that when entering. Make sure you have all the necessary documents, identification documents, and everything else you might need for you and your dog.


At dog shows you will get a fun events and also you can participate in. You will meet other dog lovers, breeders, judges and other experts from kennel clubs. There are many like-minded people who share a common interest – love for dogs. We hope you enjoy your new hobby and we hope your dog gets confirmation that he is the most beautiful dog in the world!


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