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Do you agree with prettifying dogs?

Pooch Perfect, the new BBC series presented by Sheridan Smith, has received complaints from some viewers saying it set a 'bad example' to pet owners

Pooch Perfect is a makeover show for dogs where 16 professional groomers from across the country compete for the title of Britain’s best dog groomer.

The BBC received “complaints from viewers who felt the premise of the programme sets a bad example to pet owners”, but the BBC has defended Pooch Perfect, saying “no dog was harmed physically or mentally” while making the TV show.

It said in a statement that “the producers consulted with both the RSPCA and British Veterinary Association (BVA) to ensure best practice as regards animal welfare…

“At no point did the animal welfare team feel there was any risk to the dogs’ welfare and all the dogs were monitored throughout to ensure they were happy, did not show signs of stress, that they had sufficient food and water and had adequate rest away from the studio environment.”

The statement, on the BBC’s complaints website, said that “of the 20 challenges across the series, four made use of some form of limited temporary colour.

“Any use of colour was strictly controlled and only used to highlight the groom… All colour was temporary, animal safe and washed out almost immediately depending on the dog’s coat.”

It added: “In one groom, the dogs were dressed in an outfit. These outfits were all ‘dog friendly’ and checked by the animal welfare team”.

“In challenges in which contestants used some small accessories to accentuate their grooms, every item was checked by the animal welfare team and only permitted if it passed their strict criteria and did not pose any risk to the dog.”

Every owner was contacted after the series finished filming “and reported that their dogs were happy and healthy, had enjoyed the process and had not suffered any ill effects,” the BBC said.

Throughout the BBC One series, the show made clear that the contestants are professional groomers and that dog owners should not try these creative grooms at home, the statement added.

The “production team firmly believes every dog was well treated and that no dog was harmed physically or mentally by the process.”

Do you agree with the fashion of prettifying dogs? Do you take your dog to a professional groomer and if so, how much do you let them be creative?

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Northern Silver
21st Feb 2021
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Grooming, brushing and keeping a dogs coat in good condition is an excellent thing to do, and many dogs enjoy the attention and the experience.
But this is a world away from the colouring, dressing up and shaping that is done now. These practices have zero benefit to the dog, and the dog has no say in whether it is done or not. This “prettifying” is done for the benefit of owners, and destroys the animal’s dignity.
I find it abhorrent.
sparrer
19th Feb 2021
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NO! Dogs are living creatures not toys. No doubt ben said before but if you want to dress something up buy a doll, or do it to yourself.
Irene88
19th Feb 2021
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Crazy idea. Dogs are for loving cuddling and walking. Mine doesn't even appreciate her waterproofs!
swaneldo
14th Feb 2021
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Grooming and welfare - yes; vacuous tarting up purely for the ego of the owner - no!
Burrowman
13th Feb 2021
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I think it's all wrong. It's just the same as the excessive stylistic breeding which has created freaks with too much skin or a faces so flat they are unable to breath properly. The BBC stopped showing Crufts because of their stupidity and I'm afraid they are adding to the problem by showing something so inane.
Jacpal
11th Feb 2021
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My Welsh terrier was one of the participating dogs on Pooch Perfect. He was in the category of hand stripping as I would not have agreed to him participating in any dyeing or dressing up as I do not think it necessary but then again he would not have been a willing participant for that as just putting his harness on renders him frozen and statue like. Many of the comments on several media platforms have alluded/suggested that the Welsh terriers were drugged or not proper breeds due to most of them being quite chilled out and happy to be groomed I can assure you that none of them were drugged or in anyway or ill treated on the day or on set, we collected my Rupert at the end of the day’s filming and he was quite happy, contented and laid back as illustrated on the show as he is in everyday life with us so we all have our own opinions on what we agree with or not but like everything in life there are responsible owners who would never ever subject their pet to such things that would stress them out, which is their prerogative, and then again there are those irresponsible owners who would do such things without another thought for their dogs welfare so please give credit for those who do care about their dogs whether you agree with it or not
Munsterlander
7th Feb 2021
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Some dogs need their coats kept groomed. I would think many dogs love the pampering. I know ours do when we brush their coats and even give them a trim.
bobscott
7th Feb 2021
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Bob Scott. in my young day there was in general no interference other to comb or brush there coats. My Grandfather kept his dogs in comfy kennel outside all the year round, and healthier dogs you never did see, lived to 18. & 20. year old. Another thing with Grandads dogs ! No Vet bills.
This fanciful grooming is for the benefit of the Human owner in the main. as for people bagging their dogs who were born to walk. Love a dog but let a dog be a dog. Bob.
CarolineN2
6th Feb 2021
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It's an animal, not some daft human who actually has the option to say no!
GeoffA8
6th Feb 2021
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Dog grooming serves a purpose if it's for animal welfare although most breeds can be perfectly well maintained by their owners. Fancy grooming is a vanity project for the benefit of the owners - I class it alongside these ridiculous two legged costumes that people put onto their dogs and then post their photos on Facebook.
Phian
6th Feb 2021
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We had two Labradoodles who did not shed so needed regular trips to the groomer. We chose a practical tidy trim, nothing fancy but, not only did they look good but both dogs couldn't get into the groomer's salon quickly enough. They loved the experience rather like some people enjoy a spa-day. I would never dream of having any dog of mine groomed with a fancy cut but, as long as the dog is happy, I don't see why other owners shouldn't go in for it.
JeanRita
6th Feb 2021
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The dogs are used simply for commercial reasons and the hours they endure the whole treatment is degrading and unnecessary .
The groomers are undoubtably talented but I’m sure the dogs don’t appreciate their talent, They would rather be out for a run or curled up in front of a fire.
As for the judges, who decides on the correct design standard ? Does it matter ?No!
Allow your dog to lead a natural life and be the animal we all love. Soon they will all be parading around in ridiculous outfits and will simply be an accessory.
What? That’s already happening? Then it’s a lost cause.
Sylvania
16th Feb 2021
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I don’t agree with Crufts either dogs need to be running around not standing for hours being groomed
AnneF72
6th Feb 2021
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A dog’s dignity should be respected and ridiculous colouring and grooming treats the dog like a toy. They are not dolls but living loyal pets with emotions.
barney1
5th Feb 2021
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Please let them be dogs , not some ridiculous accessory.
maggie71245
5th Feb 2021
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Those poor dogs, why do owners think it is better to have their dogs dressed up
MrsPat
5th Feb 2021
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Sorry that is wrong on all levels.
Bald123
5th Feb 2021
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Keep them smart by all means but don't make them look stupid-They are lovely creatures and so kind.
Wilf
5th Feb 2021
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Dogs like a nice trim and their hair cut but I am not sure about all the pampering
BarbaraB58
5th Feb 2021
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I think this is an excellent show, a lot of talented groomers and a lot of lovely dogs, it doesn't harm the dogs and it cheers you up in these sad times
KateB75
5th Feb 2021
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Get a dolly then . They are animals , they don’t need to be humiliated . Show should be stopped !
jeanmark
5th Feb 2021
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BarbaraB58, I think there is a difference between grooming for comfort and prettifying for no other reason than to please the owner, however talented the groomer is.
Dollylady
5th Feb 2021
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Does are dogs not toys or substitute children . Rain coats maybe on small dogs , jumpers on very cold days but colour on coats , twirled cuts , dresses, crowns ect , no .
HappyHippie
5th Feb 2021
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dogs should just be claen and well groomed, if you want something to dress up get a doll
viking
5th Feb 2021
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Missed something here, as dogs in these parts are sometimes used to round up stray animals. Not many goats or sheep in this area, but noticed that the police often use ugly dogs to frighten criminals with good results. Lap dogs with hair doos should be left with Hollywood stars.
To compete with this trend perhaps a TV producer will run a series of " dogs with grunge " !!!!
Alpaca lady
5th Feb 2021
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Groom them yes. They are beautiful enough without all that faffing.
hedgewitch
5th Feb 2021
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As others here have rightly said, dogs are loyal companions, each with their own character - living beings. People who treat them as toys are unfit to have charge of a dog.
TAKM
5th Feb 2021
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Dogs need food, exercise and lots of love, (which they return in bucket loads) they do not need, or I believe want to be, dressed up or 'prettified'. BBC should not be promoting this nonsense.
munday47
5th Feb 2021
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A lot of the breeds that go to groomers need to be trimmed in a certain way for their welfare. I have two Rough Collies, and although I do all their grooming myself, they need their feet and legs trimmed regularly. Over-long fur on the bottom of their feet leads to them slipping more easily, things being caught in their pads and not being spotted and fungal infections as their feet stay wet for too long. Their ears too need trimming as long fur there can lead to a lot more mats. It's also a good time to be checking them for problems. And of course, they need very regular brushing. I don't think a dog should be trimmed unless it's for their health, but all good groomers would know what was necessary for the breed.
JoyAnnie
5th Feb 2021
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Absolutely spot on
Caro1000
5th Feb 2021
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Shampoo, trims, toenail cutting, teeth checking all fine but prettifying, no, they are dogs not people and I don’t believe they have any longings to be ‘prettyfied’ as humans tend to.
ginntonic
5th Feb 2021
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Wash and trim yes. Some people will do anything to get their face on TV.
Bonnie63
5th Feb 2021
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‘Every owner said their dog enjoyed the process’Good that their dogs could tell them that! I think the programme is ridiculous and unfair to the innocent dogs. Yes, certain breeds need regular grooming, but this is taking it to a whole new level. It may not be classed as cruel by animal experts, but it certainly comes across as being cruel. I watched enough to realise I wouldn’t be watching any more episodes. Have the producers run out of ideas for ridiculous situations to put humans in?
dragonck
5th Feb 2021
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Trims yes, colouring NONONONONON
biker babe
5th Feb 2021
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Another load of drivel from the BBC , why not have a programme for dog owners that is worthwhile watching, it seems everything has got a ‘weird’ element now! Leave the poor doggies alone & let them be dogs!
Dachmum
5th Feb 2021
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Although I agree some dogs require trimming, nothing more is necessary to keep them happy and healthy. They are a living animal not a toy to dress up.
SusanC88
5th Feb 2021
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Animals have rights too. Treat it as an animal with a mind of its own,not a toy. If you want to dress up something get a doll.
wiseowl115
5th Feb 2021
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Definitely not! Some dogs need to be groomed or clipped regularly depending on their type of fur but generally a brush and/or shampoo is all that's needed.
PurpleHat
5th Feb 2021
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A dog has a character of its own and is not a toy to play with. It needs freedom to run and play. He or she will bond with the owner, want to please and give endless love when well handled and taught certain rules and behaviour. Do not treat it as a live doll to dress up etc. There are dolls to collect for that.
BarbsD
5th Feb 2021
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Definitely No! Dogs are lovely as they are.
LynnetteS3
5th Feb 2021
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I don't agree with dressing dogs up and colouring their fur. I take my dog to the groomers, as he is a west highland terrier so he doesn't moult, He just has a regular trim and his nails clipped.
jeanmark
5th Feb 2021
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LynnetteS3, I agree, I used to have Scottish Terriers and would have them hand stripped, beard trimmed and nails clipped but never wanted the "petticoats" as they were pets not show dogs.
Pippy1
6th Feb 2021
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I agree with you, my little dog grows hair all in his eyes which he hates so has to have a trim and nails cut at the groomers, but no colouring hair that is not on.
JE
4th Feb 2021
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No to beautifying. An occasional trim of the coats of some dogs and clipped nails may be necessary but other than that leave the poor dogs alone.
jeanmark
4th Feb 2021
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A big resounding no. Dogs are not a fashion accessory and should not be treated as such.
Lionel
4th Feb 2021
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