These Pictures Prove The World Of Top Dog Grooming Is Really Quite Bizarre

New York-based photographer Paul Nathan took these at a number of high-profile grooming competitions for a new book.

1. Nathan’s portraits include Poodles, Cockerspaniels, Bichon Frisés, Bedlington Terriers, Komondors and more.

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2. Not all dogs can be coloured creatively, because they don’t have the patience for it.

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3. The colours are usually added in stages on different days, usually in sessions of no more than three hours.

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4. All the dyes used are non-toxic and semi-permanent.

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5. The groomers often dress themselves to match the animals.

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6. In a foreword to the book, celebrity dog groomer Jorge Bendersky writes: “An expert eye and a pair of talented, well-trained hands are only part of the process.”

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7. “The art of dog grooming is not only about highlighting the anatomical points that bring balance to the animal.”

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8. “It’s also about the deep connection between dog and groomer.”

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9. “For a successful outcome dogs must trust, cooperate with, and essentially bond with their groomer.”

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10. You can buy his book here.

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