The best dog groomers in Canberra

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Where are the best dog groomers in Canberra? Photo: File.

We all love our dogs, right? And we want them to look their best. But with a busy schedule, sometimes the member of our family that always puts us first doesn’t get the attention they deserve. That’s where a good dog groomer comes in.

A trip to a great dog groomer can actually be enjoyable for your pooch and you. We all know it feels great to get some pampering, a good clean, and a haircut. For your dog, it’s no different. When they look good, they feel good too.

In this article, we’ll give you a few things to look for in a great dog groomer, as well as a list of the best groomers in Canberra.

What makes a great dog groomer?

Unfortunately, not all groomers treat our precious pets with the respect they deserve. When seeking out a top-quality groomer, keep an eye out for the following must-have traits.

  • Experience. When you take your dog to a new groomer, it can be a little nerve wracking for you and your dog. Visiting an experienced groomer is a must. The best groomers know how to calm your dog if necessary. The grooming experience will also go a lot smoother if the groomer has the latest and greatest tools of their trade.
  • Knowledge. All dog breeds have different coats and grooming needs, and a good groomer will know this. You should feel confident from first contact that they have adequate knowledge of your dog’s breed’s grooming needs. Don’t be afraid to call and ask before making an appointment.
  • Patience. Dogs are smart cookies and they sense any tension or fear in a groomer. If you want your dog to enjoy the experience, make sure your dog and the groomer have a positive relationship.
  • Fair price. As with any service, it’s important to have financial peace of mind. Try and get a firm quote for the services that you need to avoid any nasty surprises.
  • Mobility. Some grooming services offer a mobile option, coming to your house to groom your dog. Not only can this be a great time saver for dog owners, but your dog may feel less stressed if the grooming is done in a familiar, safe environment.

The best dog groomers in Canberra

RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 20 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.

The Dog Barber

The Dog Barber is a family-owned pet grooming service providing high-quality bathing, grooming and haircutting for dogs of all breeds and sizes in Canberra. Owners Josh and Dee share a passion for dogs. The Dog Barber specialises in transforming the appearance of dogs. Grooming services include full grooms, style full grooms, de-shedding, wash and dries. A puppy program is available.

Courtney Scarlet wrote on Google, “My Border Collie and my Kelpie love their eight-weekly appointments. Super professional but personal …”

Hooves and Hounds

Hooves and Hounds specialises in dog grooming and pet setting. This owner-operated service is insured, knowledgeable and experienced. Hooves and Hounds cares deeply about clients and their pets, only using top-quality products. Services include pet clips, bath and blow dry, de-shed and tidy. Breed specific clips are also available.

On Google, Elizabeth Dimo wrote, “Best groomer in the Canberra region. There’s nowhere else we would take our Samoyed. Ella and her team do an incredible job with his coat and are so patient and efficient.”

Scooby & Friends Dog Grooming

Based at the Canberra Vet Hospital and run by a small team of passionate and talented individuals, Scooby & Friends Dog Grooming is a salon that specialises in small to medium dogs, with a wide range of services promising to make even the dirtiest of pooches look and feel beautiful. What’s more, Scooby & Friends Dog Grooming are big advocates for many rescue groups and sanctuaries in Canberra, such as Greyhound Rescue and Little Oak Sanctuary, so if you’re interested in adopting, fostering, volunteering or donating to a great animal charity, check out Scooby & Friends next time your dog needs a trim.

See what Facebook user Cadda Mush had to say about their experience at Scooby & Friends, “Top notch people, who understand that not all dogs are comfortable with others AND they do a fantastic groom!”

Isabel's Dog Grooming

Established in 2010, Isabel’s Dog Grooming is the happiness of your dog. Whether you’re after a bath, trim or style for your furry friend, expect a clean and secure environment with air conditioning in the summer and heating in the winter, ensuring the comfort of your dog throughout their appointment.

As Sita Matthews writes in this Facebook review, “Isabel is fantastic, my dog loves going to Isabel’s, and always comes home happy. He looks fantastic, too!”

Southside Dog Grooming

Southside Dog Grooming is a family owned and run dog grooming services with more than 10 years’ experience in the industry. All dog grooming needs are catered for. Southside Dog Grooming handles all types and sizes of dogs. They also cater for special personalities, including dogs anxious about visiting a groomer.

On Google, Francis Riviera wrote, “It was my dog’s first time ever at a dog groomers. She’s anxious and doesn’t like people touching her feet and mouth. These guys did an excellent job despite that and they did a fantastic groom.”

Are you looking for more information on dog and pet care in Canberra? Check out our articles on the best vets, the best emergency and after-hours vets, the best pet shops and pet supplies, the best pet desexing, the best pet insurance, the best dog door installers and the best dog trainers in town for some handy guides on how to best take care of your furry friend.

Or, if you’re interested in finding somewhere for your pet to stay whilst you’re away, our articles on the best dog walkers & pet sitters, the best dog boarding kennels and the best doggy daycares in Canberra may be of use.

Alternatively, if you’re interested in adopting another furry friend, check out our article on the best place for rescue dogs in Canberra.

Your experience with dog groomers in Canberra

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback, if you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Have you had experience with any of the dog groomers listed in this article? Share your experience in the comments area below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is my dog anxious at the groomer?
Some of the smells and sensations associated with grooming can be a bit scary for some dogs, which is perfectly normal. It might be the feeling of the clippers, being handled too much in sensitive areas like paws, ears and groin, or getting wet that is stressing them out. Luckily, there are many ways to combat this. Ask your groomer for a training visit to acclimate your dog to the salon, keep plenty of treats on hand, and be sure to sing lots of praise to your pet when they’re done.
What are breed-specific styles?
There are some styles of trims that are unique to different breeds, other than just the standard kennel cut. Schnauzers, for example, are traditionally groomed with long beards around the muzzle, short all over, and long fur around the legs. On the other hand, poodles are styled with long fur around the legs, ears, top of the head, and then short everywhere else. If your interested in getting a breed-specific trim for your dog, talk to your groomer about what they’re able to do for you.
Can I trim my dog’s nails myself?
Yes! If you get your hands on an appropriately sized pair of clippers (relative to the size of your dog) then you can try trimming your dog’s nails. Just be careful that you don’t trim too short, as the quick of the nail – the pink area within the nail where the nerves and blood vessels are – is very sensitive and will cause a lot of pain if trimmed.
How often should I take my dog to the groomer?
This depends on the breed of your dog and the time of year. If your dog typically grows thick, fluffy fur, then you'll probably want to get them groomed every 4-6 weeks depending on how warm it is. Naturally short-haired breeds should only need to be groomed every 6-8 weeks, but potentially more often the hotter it gets. While dogs are generally pretty good at regulating their own temperature, Canberra gets very hot summers and very cold winters, so keep that in mind when scheduling with your groomer!

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157 Responses to The best dog groomers in Canberra
webghost1984 webghost1984 7:55 pm 07 Oct 21

AVOID Canberra Pet Stylists in Gowrie. My dog was left extremely distressed after a session with these so-called professionals. Took days to calm down. I’m loathed to contemplate what they did to him. Never again.

Jennifer Hunt Jennifer Hunt 6:07 am 13 Sep 21

Merryn Friend I couldn’t tag your business

    Merryn Friend Merryn Friend 6:34 am 13 Sep 21

    Jennifer Hunt thanks, I’m not sure but I’ll see how you do it.

Simon Ozanne Simon Ozanne 9:55 pm 12 Sep 21

Cocoa and Co Canberra. An up and coming boutique salon in Manuka. Exceptional service and the team are incredible with those in their care. They treat both dogs and owners like family.

Aldith Graves Aldith Graves 2:47 pm 12 Sep 21

Meaghan Leaney

Christine Mackinnon Christine Mackinnon 2:20 pm 12 Sep 21

I don’t know what I would do without Scooby and Friends. My dog gets so excited when he knows he is going there. What’s more, they do a wonderful job with grooming! So professional, friendly and accommodating.

Zoe Kirwan Zoe Kirwan 10:06 am 12 Sep 21

I vote for Hooves and Hounds NSW - CPG

Amazing with the animals, so kind and professional

Megan Van Arkel Megan Van Arkel 9:58 am 12 Sep 21

Scooby & Friends Dog Grooming is hands down the best in town ❤️❤️

Kimberley McLarty Kimberley McLarty 9:51 am 12 Sep 21

https://www.blissfurdogs.com.au/ well worth the drive out to bungendore 😀

Caroline Specker Caroline Specker 8:59 am 12 Sep 21

I have found pet barn in Majura Park to be good

Gay Kenny Gay Kenny 8:22 am 12 Sep 21

Scooby & Friends Dog Grooming absolutely amazing. Sarah and her team are terrific. My dog loves going there for day of pampering. ❤️❤️

Rebecca Elizabeth Rebecca Elizabeth 6:08 am 12 Sep 21

Jim's Dog Wash And Grooming are incredible! We have two rescue dogs, one with anxiety. Aislin does a wonderful job grooming our girls and while making them feel safe. I cannot recommend her enough!

Peta Barrett Peta Barrett 5:04 am 12 Sep 21

The Dog Barber is great 🐶

Catherine Ariyaratne Catherine Ariyaratne 12:19 am 12 Sep 21

Pampered Petz Dog Grooming Deb is the best!!! She's always been amazing with our dogs and they're haircuts are always perfect 💗💗

    Pampered Petz Dog Grooming Pampered Petz Dog Grooming 7:23 am 12 Sep 21

    Catherine Ariyaratne Thank you 💕

Michelle Hoare Michelle Hoare 9:44 pm 11 Sep 21

Love The Dog Barber at Amaroo. 🐶🐶 nothing is too much trouble. Highly recommend.

Danielle Jacobs Danielle Jacobs 9:37 pm 11 Sep 21

Josh and Dee of The Dog Barber take good care of my Cavoodle even though he’s super anxious. He always comes home looking and smelling great

Ainslee Monica Ainslee Monica 9:27 pm 11 Sep 21

The Dog Barber have been grooming our fur babies for over a year! The puppy program made our little one feel so comfortable in the grooming experience. Even moving to the other side of Canberra we wouldn’t go anywhere else! Josh and Dee are incredible, I recommend them to everyone!

Micky Jacobs Micky Jacobs 9:24 pm 11 Sep 21

The Dog Barber

Josh and his team are amazing with my two border collies! One has a really tricky coat and the other is very anxious. They both struggled at other groomers but love going to Josh! 🙂 🐕 🐶

Tess Knight Tess Knight 9:23 pm 11 Sep 21

The Dog Barber Josh and Dee are amazing! The only groomers we trust with providing our toy poodle with a wash and fresh cut! ❤️

Bec O'Riley Bec O'Riley 9:16 pm 11 Sep 21

The Dog Barber Have been looking after my dogs for over 5 years. Josh and Dee are amazing. They are passionate about dogs and take pride in their work. Can not recommend them enough.

Courtney Scarlet Courtney Scarlet 9:14 pm 11 Sep 21

The Dog Barber Love these guys to bits, my Border Collie and my Kelpie love their 8 weekly appointments. Super professional but personal all at the same time. The puppies always come out happy, smelling great and looking their best. Recommend to everybody

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