Learning how to groom Lucy for a show is like taking bathing your dog to an all new level of patience and attention to detail. Most judges are far more interested in how well-groomed and trimmed she is than whether you bathed her last night or two weeks ago. They just want her to look clean. But at the same time, you want her to look her best. Of course, you should still keep her properly bathed. Keep in mind, you should not bathe any dog too frequently as this can cause skin issues due to the lack of natural oils. Bathing can be a fun time for both of you if you take your time and let Lucy enjoy the moment. Once you've got all of your tools and materials together for a good bath, be sure you have plenty of treats on hand!
Lucy is like most dogs in that despite the fact she is a show dog, baths are really not her thing. But not only is regular bathing a requirement for showing her, it is also useful to keep her healthy. When it comes to everything that goes with bathing her for a show, it can take a little longer than the average bath. Patience is definitely required and be ready for Lucy to need some time to acclimate to longer baths.
As you can see, the main difference between simply giving your dog a bath and bathing them for a championship show is in how much you pay attention to every little detail. It takes more time and more effort, but if you want your Lucy to be a showstopper, buy the best shampoos and conditioners and be ready to dig in and work!