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Here's what it takes to make Westminster Dog Show pets look their best

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Here's what it takes to make Westminster Dog Show pets look their best

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.)

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Pino, a petit basset griffon vandéen, gets groomed at the Westminster Dog Show on Pier 92 in New York City on Feb. 13, 2017. (Photo credit: Circa.)

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.

Westminster Dog Show 2017 - Grooming
Trey, a border collie, gets the fur around his paws trimmed at the Westminster Dog Show at Pier 92 in New York City on Feb. 13, 2017. (Photo credit: Circa.)

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.

Westminster Dog Show 2017 - Grooming
Chalking the paws of a rough collie named Bridge helps him look his best for competition at the Westminster Dog Show at Pier 92 in New York City on Feb. 13, 2017. (Photo credit: Circa.)

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.

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A beagle named Triton fields a question from Circa at the Westminster Dog Show at Pier 92 in New York City on Feb. 13, 2017. (Photo credit: Circa.)

Triton, whose snout got a similar chalk treatment, offered additional insight, but a beagle translator was not immediately available.

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