JERRY Faber and his little mate champion Innesviel Classic Dancer, otherwise known as Danny, are hoping to "knock the socks off" the judges and competition at this week's Clarence Dog Sports Canine Carnival.
Mr Faber said years of training, a conservative diet and a strict pamper routine increased Danny's chances of success.
"He's already had three baths this week alone," Mr Faber said.
"During the show, he'll have another bath as well."
Mr Faber said two shampoos, one conditioning wash and a satin finishing treatment put a glow into Danny's fur with each bath.
"He's definitely high-maintenance," Mr Faber laughed.
Mr Faber is the vice-president of Clarence Dog Sport and said entry numbers for this year's 64th annual show were slightly down.
Despite that, close to 900 dogs will be parading around the show, which is being run by Clarence Dog Sports in conjunction with the Northern Region Kennel Clubs.
There will be six shows run between today and Sunday, with an 8am start each day.
The show rings are set up at the Grafton Greyhound Racing Club and a dress-up day will be held on Saturday.
"The theme is Irish, so you can expect to see people and their dogs running around dressed as leprechauns," Mr Faber laughed.