Behind the scenes at the National Dog Show in 2010
With NBC's John O'Hurley looking on, a young boy learned how to carefully pet a tiny Chihuahua.
Getting a better look
NBC's Mary Carillo took in some of the behind-the-scenes action at The National Dog Show.
Perched up high
This terrier got a better view while on its owner's shoulder than it did scampering around on the ground.
This chow chow's fur got extra attention prior to judging.
Center of attention
Not only does The National Dog Show bring dogs together, but it also brings their owners together for a weekend of fun.
On the line
This Great Dane stretched out as much as possible in a respite from its cage.
Even while sleeping, this Cavalier King Charles Spaniel ensured its ears wouldn't get crunched and mess up its owner's primping.
These two only had eyes for each other at The National Dog Show.
This Cavalier King Charles Spaniel stayed warm backstage with a wrap-around blanket.
This black dog stood out against the bright interior at The National Dog Show in Pennsylvania.
Determining to make the best impression possible on the judges, this border collie indulged in a pre-show foot bath.
A young owner kept his Airedale Terrier company backstage in Oaks, Pa.
Big and small
The National Dog Show brings all sorts of dogs together for a two-day spectacle in November.
This Chinese crested dog attracted lots of looks and petting time at The National Dog Show.
The waiting game
A lot of time is spent backstage waiting to go on and be paraded around the judging ring.
Set in place
Some dogs at The National Dog Show went through elaborate preparation, including this one who wore curlers to get its coat ready for judging.
With all of the activity backstage, there were lots of things to attract a dog's attention.
Feeling the love
These standard poodles seemed to enjoy their prep time grooming with their owners.
Covered in a coat
This Afghan Hound had one of the silkiest coats showcased at The National Dog Show.
Just his height
This toddler's size put him at the perfect height to receive dog kisses.
Kisses all around
Kisses from dogs were just one highlight of attending The National Dog Show.
The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever corps was well represented.
Getting some shut eye
Finding resting time amid the hubbub at The National Dog Show could be challenging.
All hands on deck
Preparing and judging a dog takes lots of effort.
One little girl made a new friend while attending the event in 2010.
Extra care was taken to make every participant look their best.
All wrapped up
To keep this spaniel's ears in perfect display shape, its owner wrapped them up until just before judging was set to begin.
While some of its neighbors remained in their cages, this Borzoi got some time to stretch its legs.
Earning a smile
Show dogs like this Siberian Husky enjoy a good petting session as much as any other dog.
Three's a crowd
These terriers enjoyed some play time backstage.
Performing some tricks backstage, this dog proved it was more than just a pretty face.
Affection wasn't pushed aside for competition at The National Dog Show.
A ribbon barrette was the perfect accessory for this Shih Tzu.
Up close and personal
This owner only had eyes for her dog.
This pug had a very comfortable human bed on which to relax backstage at The National Dog Show.
Traveling in style
This Basenji had a perfect spot in its owner's arms while moving around in the crowded backstage area in Pennsylvania.
Ready, set, go
This contestant looks ready to launch itself onto the ground at The National Dog Show.
Preparing a dog for The National Dog Show often is a family affair.
All tuckered out
With all of the sights, dogs and stimulation, the National Dog Show can be a tiring event.
Liking the spotlight
This Bull Terrier seems to have a smile on its face to match its owner's happy expression.
Best seat in the house
This German shorthaired pointer got an elevated view while perching on its owner's lap.
A boy whispered some encouraging words to his dog before judging began at The National Dog Show.
Only the best dog from each breed was able to go on to compete in the best of group divisions.
The National Dog Show featured contestants of many different shapes, sizes and colors.
Sleeping was a favorite activity of many dogs during the two-day event.
Posing for the camera
This chow chow had its gaze off camera perfectly prepared for the number of photographs being taken during the November weekend event.
Promise of a prize
This Chinese Crested dog focused its attention on getting a treat.