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Hosted by award-winning actress Rebel Wilson, "Pooch Perfect" is a dog grooming competition series. The eight-episode series will showcase 10 of the best dog groomers in the country, along with their assistants, competing in a series of paw-some themed challenges.

Watched the first episode. A bit heavy on the puns. Lots of adorable dogs, some cringe-worthy moments. Not a bad way to while away an hour.

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Hi @zoey1996, thanks for starting this thread. I hope more dog lovers and groomers come to post.

I watched, wondered if I would know any of the contestants. I know several competition groomers but none who specialize in the creative cuts, that's a separate competition at grooming shows. So I didn't know anyone, although a couple of the teams aren't far from me. I felt badly for the person whose heart dog was a Boxer, not much hair there. Although I thought the groomer could have made it look more like her dog, with the white blaze and other markings.

I didn't agree with the Schnauzer winning that segment. That was a Say What, Really? moment for me.

For the elimination segment, I loved the skunk, but my favorite was the badger. So adorable. I thought the fire ant lady should have made that dog a lobster instead. I couldn't really go with the flamingo either. I thought that one was weaker than the ant dog. The elephant was funny, and a nice statement. And no, judge, the "other end" was still groomed too.

I did do a big WHAAAA? at the Afghan guy saying he's the top Afghan handler in the United States, then he embellished it to say he's the best in the world. Honey, I don't think so.

But the guy who did the goldfish is def a dog handler, he knew how to present that Bichon.

I basically tuned out when Rebel was talking and ignored all the dog costumed gallery so missed most of the stupid, thank goodness.

I thought Lisa's dog sorely needed a grooming, like STAT. It was pretty ragged looking.

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I tuned in because I love dogs.  I didn't really know what to expect.  A few of those groomers were definitely a bit extra.  At times I found myself feeling sorry for the dogs.  I swear a few of them were humiliated.  I did not care for the NJ woman so I didn't mind she left for her fire ant dog. 

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This was kind of fascinating, but definitely felt sorry for the poor dogs, having to be messed with for hours on end. Then more hours afterward, I suppose, to wash out the dyes, unglue the various props, etc. 

The fish was pretty, and from a difficulty/technique angle probably deserved the win. I guess I'm more interested in the cute factor, so the badger was my fave.   

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Don't feel sorry for the dogs. Dogs used for grooming competitions love being washed and fluffed and brushed and getting all that non-stop attention. The dogs last night were all experienced competition dogs. These dogs will jump up onto the grooming table by themselves and wait to get their "spa treatment." I've loaned some of my retired show dogs for grooming competitions and they loved it. If the dog doesn't like it, that will be reflected in its demeanor -- head and tail down, sulking, refusing to walk -- and it won't be part of a competition ever, just like a dog that doesn't like to show stays home while the ones that love the spotlight will get mad if they AREN'T loaded in the van to go to a show. My old best-in-show dog would literally turn his back on me if I took another dog to the ring and left him behind.

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I didn't agree with the goldfish winning. Was the fish supposed to be eating the dog? Ant lady was awful. Found it curious that there 2 groomers who didn't get interviewed at all.

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I enjoyed this show.  I thought the dogs looked happy and that most of the groomers were bonding and being careful with their assigned dogs.  I didn't really understand the first competition-the "heart dog" as I thought they were supposed to focus on precision grooming, but when so many had color/cut--outs/sequins/etc. applied to them I was confused.  I totally understood the second challenge, but not some of the decisions.  Really, a red ant?  The flamingo also seemed really bad.  What I really appreciated about the winning dog was the "scales" that the groomer cut on the dog and then painted accordingly.

However, during the dog runway, they focused way too much on the judges and the "audience."  I thought it was cute to have an audience of stuffed dogs and costumes, but I 'got it' the first time they showed it.  I would rather have seen more of the dogs and close-ups of the cuts and design.  I do want to hear the comments that the judges make, but don't need to see all of their "reaction" shots every 5 seconds.  

I will watch the rest of the season and hopefully the challenges will be interesting.    I was glad to hear that Rebel has experience in the dog world, it justifies her role as host IMO.  

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Did Rebel only agree to do the show if she's given an opening vignette, and that's why they're pretending that the entire show is a dream her dog is having? That part was a bit WTF. Hopefully they drop that little gimmick going forward.

LVP didn't annoy me as much as I feared, probably because she's not the designated "mean" judge, but I see she couldn't wait to make a "doggie style" joke. Yes Lisa, we get it, you're a naughty Brit.

I like that they have a judge whose focus is on the dog handling aspect. 

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Unpopular opinion but I thought the fire ant was incredibly creative and well done. I thought a number of entries weren’t as good, so was sad to see them lose.

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There is also a British version of this show which aired a couple of months ago on the BBC, if anyone is interested.

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I agreed with the winner for tonight's show. That Halloween groom was brilliant! Felt bad for the Christmas one that just wasn't really Christmassy enough.  The doughnut one was so cute!  And in the earlier "puppertunity immunity," the tetris dog was just bizarre.  

The creative groomers are very different from other groomers. Nice that a handful are getting to demonstrate their mad skillz. The show relies heavily on puns and distractions/entertainment.  Don't know what ratings are like. Watching creative groomers is probably a niche audience, but seeing so many adorable dogs? That probably draws a lot of dog lovers.

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On 4/1/2021 at 5:24 PM, dmeets said:

Did Rebel only agree to do the show if she's given an opening vignette

It is unfortunate that last night we were subjected to a very not funny opening vignette of Rebel waiting to pee on a fire hydrant. Has society progressed so far backward that anyone would find that remotely funny?

I was disappointed about the losers who went home ... I couldn't remember any of her grooms so don't know if I agreed or not. I wish they would give a quick recap of the loser's grooms, show some fast photos as she walked out, so we could see why judges decided that way, and if we agree.

The geometric groom, I didn't have a favorite, but I had to laugh at the rhombus groom because I had just heard this yesterday: "I was late for my geometry class, I got on the rhombus."

I liked the Chinese New Year groom, and the Christmas Elf groom was good too, but the Halloween groom was indeed spectacular and deserved to win this entire competition and take home the $100,000. The others, not so much. Cinco de Mayo (my fav holiday) was disappointing as were so many others.

I'm getting a kick out of the one groomer's son (I think he is) flirting with Rebel.

For anyone thinking some of these contestants are OTT or "extra," while I don't know these people personally, I know many, many people just like them in the dog show world. These people aren't making it up, that's how they really are. And I love them for it.

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On 4/3/2021 at 8:40 PM, Stats Queen said:

Unpopular opinion but I thought the fire ant was incredibly creative and well done.

I agree with this, but the show only let us see the fire ant dog for a split second. It had antenna and other attributes that made it more interesting and well done, we just weren't allowed to see them. I guess the judges just thought "fire ant, WTH is that" so sent that person home.

I do like the one guy groomer (I can't tell them apart yet) who has a very nice hand with a dog when presenting his final groom. I can tell some of these people are also show-dog people.

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I think there is a huge chasm in terms of abilities.  Some of the final grooms were amazing and others just looked messy.  However, while watching I thought it might be more fair if every grooming team had the same size dog.  Watching the shampooing, drying, cutting, it struck me that the teams with the larger dogs lost more time with the shampoo/dry as well as were dinged for seemingly not doing as much of the specialized treatments.  I thought that the groomers had to do more work on the larger dogs to the designs over the entire body.

I was confused about the Valentine Day dog as they were dying the entire dog  but when presented, its body was mainly white with just a few accents of color.

Anyway, I would also like them to acknowledge maybe the top two or three looks at the judging while awarding the "Best in Show."  I loved the Christmas Elf dog and agreed that the Halloween dog was just above and beyond amazing, but I would have like the judges acknowledge the work on the Christmas dog.

Oh, and I agree about Rebel's opening skit.  Had it just shown her in line for the fire hydrant I would have really liked it, and actually did.  But, I did not have to see her mimic actually trying to pee.  

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4 hours ago, seacliffsal said:

However, while watching I thought it might be more fair if every grooming team had the same size dog. 

I was going to say the same thing. A professional show-dog handler told me she could groom four Wire Fox Terriers in the same time it took her to do one Airedale. I was thinking of that watching this episode, especially with the comments about "Gosh, so much hair," and "Drying all this hair is going to take the whole three hours."

I had forgotten they showed the Valentine dog being dyed red all over. I was just disappointed that all it had was a heart on its butt and that's all. So much more could have been done.

I was stumped about why that big white dog had a blue stomach. i think if I were the groomer, I would have incorporated that into my color scheme and not given a second full bath/blow dry.

I like the before/after pictures but wish they would show the finished dogs more instead of so much judge and peanut gallery. I haven't heard Lisa say much more than she wishes she were being paid in dogs instead of dollars, and the other woman, I don't know if we've heard from her at all. Oh, wait: She did say the Tetris dog looked like an allergy test, so i guess we did hear from her. Everyone seems to be all about the Celebrity Groomer Judge though. I'd like to know what celebrity dogs he does groom. If it's Lisa's, he's got nothing to brag about.

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Enjoying watching this show with my daughter, and love seeing all the doggies, but I cannot handle the ott Bruno-wannabe judge.

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