Join Date: Jun 2009
Dogs Name: Ziggy
Dogs Age: 6/6/09
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Also - if you bathe your boy the night before, do a final rinse with diluted apple cider vinegar, the organic kind. That really seems to increase shine for me.
Ziggy's breeder uses some kind of oil spray they make for African American hair. They sell it at Walmart and it's very cheap, I think it comes in a pink can. A little goes a long way, if you try it, mist VERY lightly at a good distance, like two feet away.
One thing I've noticed about some of those sprays is that they can leave a bit of a greasy feeling. So I don't really like spraying them on right before you go in the ring because the judges have their hands all over the dog...
So usually what I do is bathe the night before a show - I use Isle of Dogs No. 33 Coarse Coat shampoo and #1 All Systems Protein Rich conditioner, which I leave on for at least five minutes, then a final apple cider vinegar rinse. That gets him really, really shiny and he usually stays that way for a couple days at least. Sometimes I spray on a light mist of Cherrywood coat dressing and gently rub it in while he's still WET so it doesn't have a weird feeling on his coat.
Ziggy - born 6/6/09