People.com Lifestyle Pets Behind the Scenes at the 2012 National Dog Show Take a peek at the pooches competing for Best in Show before the competition airs on Thanksgiving By People Staff Published on November 21, 2012 10:45 AM Share Tweet Pin Email 01 of 10 DOGGONE CUTE Steve Surfman On a day dedicated to man’s best friend, host John O’Hurley still squeezes in time for a very special companion: his 5-year-old son, Will, who joined him at the weekend taping of the National Dog Show Presented by Purina. O’Hurley has hosted the ultimate canine competition (which airs Thursday from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. in all time zones) on NBC since its inception in 2002. 02 of 10 GLAMOUR GIRL Steve Surfman Just a few finishing touches! A little last-minute prep can go a long way at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, where more than 1,500 canines competed for the coveted title of Best in Show. 03 of 10 THE RIGHT FLUFF Steve Surfman Don’t be fooled by the cuteness – the competition is fur-ocious. 04 of 10 TRIPLE THREAT Steve Surfman They may look like the three amigos, but these pooches are in it to win it for themselves. 05 of 10 LADY LUCK Steve Surfman You’re too adorable to be nervous! This pooch gets a reassuring cuddle from a special fan. 06 of 10 PUPPY DOG EYES Steve Surfman Proof we couldn’t judge this showdown. (You’re just all winners to us, guys.) 07 of 10 GO FOR THE GOLD Steve Surfman But we think this golden retriever deserves some precious medal. 08 of 10 BENCH WARMER Steve Surfman Sometimes, it pays to be a show-off. 09 of 10 BEAUTY SLEEP Steve Surfman It’s exhausting looking this good. 10 of 10 WALK THE WALK Steve Surfman You better work! Come back to PEOPLE Pets on Thursday to see who won big.