Bridget Canals is a champion dog groomer.

The Petbarn salon manager recently won first place in the salon freestyle open section at the Pet Industry Association’s annual grooming competition.

Ms Canals had two hours to make four-year-old Bichon Cross Poodle Nala look her best, competing against dog groomers from around the country.

The judges made their decision based on creativity, technical work and aesthetic elements.

Ms Canals credits Nala with her win.

“I think Nala set me apart from the others. She is a very pretty looking dog and takes advantage of her cuteness,” she said.

Ms Canals, who has been a dog groomer for about seven years, said she loved getting to work with dogs every day.

“I got into the industry when I was 17 and so it is all I have done. Every dog is different and every day is different.”