If you want to show the rest of the world how special your pet is, you might want to enter it in the local county fair or pet show. Some Breeders spend years training for these events because it isn't easy to get into a winning cycle. The main thing is to have fun, even if you don't win. Here are some steps from the experts to give you a head start.
Bathe and brush the dog before the show. There are special "brightening" shampoos for dogs with light or white fur, and conditioners to make their fur shine.
Trim the nails. Judges don't like to hear a lot of clicking as you walk on the floor.
Do some research on the breed's desirable characteristics. Judges look for the dog that is the best example of its breed. If your dog is not a pure breed, general appearance and personality are what count.
Give the cat a bath. Experts use three kinds of shampoo before the show. One to remove grease and oil, one to remove residue from previous shampoos, and one to leave a glistening coat. Conditioners leave the hair silky to touch.
Trim their nails.
Do some research on the breed's desirable characteristics. As with dogs, judges award the best examples of their breed characteristics. In the domestic cat categories there are no breed standards. Grooming and personality make the difference.
Train your cat to be affectionate and comfortable around new people. If she "talks" a lot, she/he will win extra points.
Feed baby chicks high-protein food until they are about 18 weeks old. Then they switch to a feed that contains corn and soybean meal.
Before a show, give the chicks a mild dish and give them a final rinse of lemon juice to bring out the feather's highlights. Don't get any in their eyes.
Preen the feathers so all of them are pointing in the same direction and are not pointing in the different directions while they dry.
Rub a little canola oil and rosemary on the legs to kill mites and make the legs shine.
Do some research on the breed's desirable characteristics. Winning chicks are those that show all of the characteristics of their breed and are easily handled. If you handle the chicks every other day for 10 minutes or so, right from the time they hatch, they will be well mannered when the judges inspect them.