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Goomer has it?

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when is the new season of "groomer has it" on in 2009 and does anyone watch it here?
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I think the judges, (aside from Joey Villiani) know nothing about grooming, and really have no respectable input in most cases. I don't like Xavier at all...pompous and rude and knows nothing about everyday grooming..His online bio doesn't even talk about dogs, but instead about him trying to become an actor....And the vet...again, knows as much about grooming as I do about spaying and neutering a dog. I just don't think they are qualified to judge a GROOMING show..but its those same judges again this season. The info and previews are up on the Animal Planet website.
They don't need to just give great cuts, they need to show they're well rounded in dealing with dogs in general, which is why they have tests like grooming uncooperative/aggressive dogs, puppies, specific breeds etc. They have a professional groomer to judge the cuts, a veterinary to judge how they handled the dog in ways appropriate for their health/breed, a guest judge tailored for each challenge (Publisher of magazines they are competing to be in, a trainer for difficult dog episodes, etc) and considering the fact it IS a reality show, a judge to be a jerk. It makes good TV.
see, that sounds good on paper, but its not executed well at all. the vet for example, comes across as a vet that groomers would hate (graco knows, the one who tells groomers what their job is, and what they should be doing to the dogs). Last season, she was going off during one episode about getting water in the dogs ears. i felt like screaming through the whole episode. she finally shut up when joey told her that a professional groomer should be able to bath a dog without getting water in its ears (and without running to the cotton everytime). I cant recall Xavier saying anything remotely intelligent about grooming (besides the dog looking good or bad). if the vet and xavier stuck to what they know (being a vet and dog handler), then it would be ok. but they insist on acting like they know as much as joey. i'm sure the contestants know more about grooming than either of those judges.
Exactly what my last sentence covered. It makes good TV. Reality TV shows don't care about accuracy. They care about what people would watch and be reactive to. The show is geared towards the general public that doesn't know that much about grooming.
Last week was not a grooming competition. It was a speed dematting competition, IMO, which is irresponsible, dangerous, and inhumane.
I can't remember the exact quote to the guy in the bottom two who didn't get much done because he was trying to demat the dog and not hurt it with the vacuum razor. I believe the judge said "I mean, it's great you're wanting to be humane with the dogs.. but it's a competition." :eek:
Eek is right! To chastise a groomer for not rushing something like that is low. It's ridiculous to expect the groomers to deal with dogs in that condition under such time constraints. Why not put a realistic time frame on it and let the groomers work at a pace that's comfortable for them and the dog? It's TV for pete's sake, not real time! They can edit out the boring parts!
No kidding! Competition + time constraints = rushing and short cuts. Add grooming into the mix and you're begging for someone to hurt a dog. That and it really isn't fair. Why does there have to be a two hour time limit? Yes, you want to be comfortable enough with your skills that it doesn't take you 8 hours, but grooming is doing the job right and not endangering your client.
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