Best in Show is one of the most coveted prizes in the dog show industry, but beneath the pristine appearance and perfect posture lies a beloved pet. Show moms and dads spend countless hours preparing and protecting their show canines, utilizing such techniques as hair wrapping.
Dogs Will Be Dogs
Dogs will be dogs, and hair wraps are primarily utilized to allow this old adage to remain true. Romping and playing can break and damage the hair of the beloved show dog, but it's hard to expect your Princess to simply behave as a lady in waiting until showtime rolls around again. The art of wrapping protects the hair during play, helps avoid matting, and keeps the coat free of debris from food, the elements and daily trips outdoors to take care of business.
Paper or Plastic
Paper or plastic? It isn't only spoken by the bagger at your local market; it is a decision show dog owners face when choosing the right materials for the wrapping of their dog's precious coat. During the wrapping process, the hair is sectioned off and rolled into wraps of paper or plastic and then secured by an elastic band. Plastic is durable, and protects the coat from damage caused by elastic bands, but it doesn't allow the hair to breathe, which is essential to coat growth and health. Equally as disconcerting is the possibility your dog may nibble at the plastic, especially as she becomes acclimated to the art of wrapping.
Rice is Nice
Many show dog owners turn to a paper alternative for wrapping purposes. Rice paper is a thin, edible paper which is easily formed and manipulated into a wrap. While some owners use donut paper because of its durability and reasonable price, rice paper is longer, which is helpful when a show dog is approaching a full growth show coat. Rice paper allows the hair to breathe, which promotes growth and improves the quality and appearance of the coat, especially as show season approaches.
It's a Wrap
Keeping Princess clean and show-ready is made easier with the right tools, materials and knowledge, and if you're in doubt about wrapping, check with your little diva's groomer for tips and products to get the most out of this technique. If you see noticeable differences in your show girl's coat, it may mean a trip to the groomer is in her immediate future, and if you ever suspect she's dined on something that might not be food, she needs to see the veterinarian immediately. While a trip to the vet or groomer can't compare to a strut down the catwalk, relying upon the professionals when you need them is always best.