Puppy Love: Behind-the-Scenes at the 138th Westminster Dog Show

dogs in showAround 2,800 dogs competed in the 138th Westminster Dog Show this year in New York City on February 10th and 11th. I got to visit the pre-show event held at Chelsea Piers 92 and 94, which was buzzing with pups, breeders, and groomers—plus oodles and oodles of adoring dog lovers.

From the minute I stepped onto the “Westminster purple” PetProtect carpet provided by Stainmaster, a carpet and cushion system which boasts built-in stain resistance and pet odor reduction (a bonus, considering the sheer volume of pups present), I was blown away. You can’t begin to imagine the amount of work that goes into preparing a pooch for his or her debut at this prestigious event! From primping to posing to performing for treats, here’s a sneak peek behind-the-scenes:

There are more blow dryers and styling tools than you’d find at a typical beauty salon.

dog getting hair styled

Hair-do’s that are more intricate than the styles you’ve seen on on Pinterest.

dog hair-do

Treats for tricks (and treats just because).

tricks for treats

And lots and lots of posing for photos.

dog posing for photo

dog with award

dog posing for photo

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