8 Beauty tips we learned from dog show contestants

Nov 20, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. ET

Some people go to dog shows to compare dogs or check out their favorite breeds.

But when we got the chance to get a behind-the-scenes look at The National Dog Show presented by Purina last week, we couldn't help but notice that these pampered pups could teach us humans a thing or two about beauty. Here are a few things we learned:

1. Embrace your natural texture

I was blown away when I saw that the dreadlocked Puli actually used some of the same hair products I've used in the past. But the owners use them to enhance the dog's natural texture instead of trying to tame it into submission.

Puli meme
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2. Strut your stuff with no apologies

White poodle
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All too often, we worry about being too much, too overdone. Girl, stop. Whether you want to be big and bold or soft and sleek, do you. Work your magic, because what's really hot is confidence.

3. You're beautiful, no matter your size

St. Bernard
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The St. Bernard can weigh more than 250 pounds. But that didn't stop this giant breed from strutting around the show ring like nobody's business. You better werk!

4. Being strong and athletic is beautiful

agility pup jumps through ring
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Remember when being beautiful was all about being a certain size? Thank goodness that we've now realized that being strong and being athletic is beautiful. Thank you, Misty Copeland and Ronda Rousey!

5. Don't be afraid of aging (i.e., embrace your flops and droops)

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The champion bloodhound hasn't let his floppy ears and droopy snout stop him in any way. Why should we?

6. Play up your best features

Shar pei
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What would the Shar Pei be without its wrinkles? A totally different dog. What's your feature that makes you, you? Your eyes? Your hair? Embrace it.

7. Long hair, don't care

Coat game on fleek meme
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"Straight hair is out, curly hair is in." "You're too old to have long hair." We've heard these misnomers and have ignored them. We hope you do too. Whether you're 16 or 65 or your hair is long, short or in between, let it swaaaannng...

8. Don't take yourself too seriously

Dog catching frisbee
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Do you think this Frisbee catcher is thinking about what's going on with his hair? No, because he's having fun. And really, if there's nothing fun about looking the way you look, what's the point?

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