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Pageant draws pampered pooches

AFP, GENEVA, Switzerland

Not everyone is as enthusiastic about dog shows.

“Dogs are intelligent and complex animals, and not toys,” animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said, describing shows like the one in Geneva as “degrading” and cautioning that the beauty products used could harm the animals’ health.

Sylvie Menetrey, a dog trainer and a dog show commentator, disagrees, insisting that the training needed to attend a show is good for the dog’s development.

“It’s great to love, feed, care for and walk your dog, but dogs have brains and they need to use their brains to learn things,” she said, insisting: “It makes them happy.”

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