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    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.

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

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

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

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

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    The groomers often dress themselves to match the animals.

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

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    "It’s also about the deep connection between dog and groomer."

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

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    You can buy his book here.

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