Groomer Has It

ANIMAL PLANET – Thursdays from 28 January, 9.30pm

This season twelve of America’s most devout dog groomers compete against each other in a test of desire, creativity and passion for animals as they shave, shear and shampoo their way through a series of challenges that will crown only one as ‘Groomer of the Year’. These self-proclaimed best groomers will live together in a swanky Los Angeles loft known as ‘The Dog House’. Contestants will work elbow-to-elbow in one salon and face grooming challenges that range from styling pups for their runway debut, to grooming some of the most exotic dog breeds into adoptable pets as they search for a new home.

Saturday 28 February 2009, 9.30pm

The groomers celebrate making it to the halfway point in the competition, but the celebration is short-lived once Jai informs them that they have to find their own dogs to groom – from a local dog park. These dogs are to be groomed and prepared for a fashion photo shoot, with the winning groomer’s photo landing on the cover of Groomer to Groomer magazine.  The race to find the perfect puppy model leaves some groomers frustrated, but under the lights of the photo studio, the groomers and their models shine.

Saturday 21 February 2009, 9.30pm

Jai takes the groomers to a world-class dog treat bakery, where they create and bake their own delicious doggie treats.  Little do the groomers know that they are also part of the taste-testing panel!  After the groomers chow down, they head to the salon to encounter a different kind of chow – Chow Chows.  Even the most experienced groomers get rattled as these temperamental dogs get feisty on the grooming tables, but the Chows’ bark is nothing compared to the judges’ bite in the elimination room.

Saturday 14 February 2009, 9.30pm

This week, the groomers learn to handle the unexpected, starting with an intensive doggie first aid and CPR course.  Which groomers are able to act the fastest when their dogs’ lives are on the line?  At the salon, the groomers face an even more surprising situation, as they discover that all their clients this week are bringing in cats.  The groomers try every trick in the book to get friendly with their feisty feline customers, but it’s at the judging and elimination where the claws really come out.

Saturday 7 February 2009, 9.30pm

The groomers know a lot about clipping, but what do they know about couture?  Their design skills are put to the test as they develop concepts and create fashions for the first-ever Groomer Has It Poodle Fashion Show.  Tempers flare as the groomers butt heads about design choices. The creative tension carries all the way through the grooming process and right onto the runway.  In a twist, the poorest performing team must eliminate one of their own, and the anxiety runs high as one outspoken groomer gets stabbed in the back by his teammates.

Animal Planet, Saturdays 31 January 2009, 9.30pm

The groomers have some very demanding clients, including a very unpredictable Danny Bonaduce. Some groomers put their best face forward and wow their clients, while some crack under the pressure.  At the salon, the groomers are faced with even tougher customers – puppies getting their first haircuts.  The groomers work extra hard to give the cuddly but feisty puppies the best first grooming imaginable, but in the end, one groomers’ work doesn’t make the cut, and that groomer leaves the competition in tears.

Animal Planet, Saturday 24 January 2009, 9.30pm

The groomers are itching to get to work on some real dogs, but Jai wants to test the groomers’ clipper skills in a more unconventional way – by shearing sheep.  Divided into pairs of two, the groomers race to see which team can create the cleanest cut in the fastest time.  Back at the salon, the groomers have to clean up the very same Bearded Collies that herded the sheep they sheared.  Which groomer can best untangle all the mats and remove the dirt, and which groomer will find himself herded right out of the competition?

Animal Planet, Saturday 17 January 2009, 9.30pm

Twelve dog groomers from all walks of life meet to compete in the most unique grooming competition ever. Host Jai Rodriguez informs them that at stake is a $50,000 cash prize, a state-of-the-art mobile grooming truck, and the title of ‘Groomer of the Year’.  The groomers dig into their first challenge immediately: identifying dogs by their breed – blindfolded.  After feeling their way through this challenge, the groomers move in to the Dog House, where they will be living together through the course of the competition.

ANIMAL PLANET – Saturdays from 17 January, 9.30pm

Groomer Has It is a new competition series, hosted by Jai Rodriguez, one of the former hosts of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. The series sniffs out 12 of America’s most creative and hard working groomers, both amateur and professional, and brings them to Los Angeles. The contestants drive is put to the test for the supreme grooming title, as they makeover some of the scruffiest looking dogs to look their doggie best!  Judges Dr. Karen Halligan, Xavier Santiago and Joey Villani will put the groomers through their paces each week to see whose knowledge and skill can turn the shaggiest, most unstylish mutt into a fancy and prancing pooch. While every dog has its day, at the end of this series, only one groomer will have their day when they are crowned Groomer of the Year!