WATCH | Some canine competitors are more high-maintenance than others, but owners and presenters will do whatever it takes to make pets look their best at the Westminster Dog Show in New York City. (Also, we interviewed a wee beagle named Triton.)
Some dogs need more than a simple brushing. This Petit Basset Griffon Vandéen named Pino experienced a more intense grooming technique called hand-stripping, which keeps the coat smooth and bright.
The right amount of fur trimming around the paws, demonstrated here on a Border Collie named Trey, can make the difference between a blue-ribbon finish and a certificate of participation.
A Rough Collie named Bridge gets his paws brushed with chalk to keep them a bright white, which can be a challenge when slush and snow cover New York City streets.
Triton, whose snout got a similar chalk treatment, offered additional insight, but a beagle translator was not immediately available.