WA Pooch Perfect star Chelsey Primrose shares her best dog grooming tips

Tanya MacNaughtonThe West Australian
WA Pooch Perfect team Jacqui Ainsworth and Chelsey Primrose share their best dog grooming tips.
Camera IconWA Pooch Perfect team Jacqui Ainsworth and Chelsey Primrose share their best dog grooming tips.

hen 22-year-old Chelsey Primrose agreed to compete on new Channel Seven series Pooch Perfect along with friend Jacqui Ainsworth, her knowledge of host Rebel Wilson was less about her Hollywood movies and more to do with Wilson’s pedigree as a fifth-generation former champion junior dog handler.

I’d never seen a Rebel Wilson film before but I knew her because of her mum (Sue Bownds), who is a dog judge,

Primrose, of Southern River, says.

“While I was over there (filming in Sydney), I actually watched my first movie with Rebel in it. She was awesome and such a lovely person.”

With dog-breeding parents and no less than seven pooches of her own, one half of the WA grooming team on new Seven series Pooch Perfect, Chelsey Primrose was a natural fit for the new Seven series Pooch Perfect.

Hosted by Rebel Wilson the show challenges teams to design and style their assigned dog, which is then based on a creative brief before hitting the dog walk to be judged by international styling experts Amber Lewin and Colin Taylor — with a One team is awarded best in show while the bottom three teams complete in an elimination challenge. The winner of the series will be crowned Australia’s Greatest Pet Stylist and receive $100,000 prize up for grabs at the end of the series.

Primrose, the styling assistant to her groomer friend Jacqui Ainsworth, has experience grooming her own dogs for dog shows, as well as any drop coat or double-coated breeds of family friends,

With dog breeding parents, Primrose has “been showing dogs my whole life” and has seven pooches of her own: five lhasa apsos and two siberian huskies.

“It was Jacqui’s idea to apply for Pooch Perfect and then she found out she needed a partner so decided I would be the best person in her life to take,” Primrose says.

“I didn’t want to let Jacqui down and I’m pretty happy to go along anywhere there’s dogs. I love handling dogs and it’s a massive part of my life. It was just another opportunity to be around animals and that’s what I’m all about.”

In each Pooch Perfect episode, teams design and style their assigned dog based on a creative brief before hitting the dog walk to be judged by international styling experts Amber Lewin and Colin Taylor.

One team is awarded best in show while the bottom three teams complete in an elimination challenge. The winner of the series will be crowned Australia’s Greatest Pet Stylist and receive $100,000.

Chelsey’s top grooming tips

1. Regular training — Training while your dog is still a puppy is the best way to make sure you and your furry friend enjoy grooming.

2. Good nutrition — The key to keeping a coat in great condition is before you pick up a brush.

3. Getting knowledge from the best — Ask your breeder or go to a dog show or grooming comp to get tips for your dog’s coat type because they’re all different.

4. Quality equipment and products — Spending a little bit more can go a long way!

5. Regular maintenance — Make sure you’re grooming your dog often enough for the type of style you’ve chosen. Always groom before a bath.

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