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.
Owner Isabel Haines opened her salon in 2010, and with 18 years of experience behind her and a talented team of groomers to boot, the priority at 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!”
House of Dog is a professional mobile dog grooming service in Canberra and the surrounding areas, offering convenience for you and comfort for your dog, especially if they are of a nervous disposition and do better closer to home than in the potentially stressful environment of a grooming salon. Owner Tania Piddington has spent several years fostering, training and grooming dogs, and provides the full range of grooming services and hydro-baths in her air-conditioned van, so your dog can enjoy a pampering without having to leave home.
As Tristan Ellis Ford writes in this review of their experience with House of Dog, “We are VERY pleased with House of Dog! She has done our two Portuguese Water Dogs twice now and the most recent cut is probably the best cut either of them have ever had.”
With over 16 years’ experience in grooming, Wolfy’s V.I.P is one of the most well-established salons in Canberra. Their team of highly qualified professionals promise to look after your pooch as if they were their own, and offer a full range of services, from full grooming, bath and clipping to extra special pampering services like relaxation massages, coat repair and intensive treatments. They are also able to properly cater for the needs of dogs with skin conditions, and have plenty of experience with elderly and nervous dogs – no matter what your dogs’ needs are, Wolfy’s V.I.P is able to meet them!
Happy customer Olivia Robinson wrote this review on Google, “I have been bringing my cavoodle Frank here regularly and they always do a fantastic job- honestly couldn’t fault them! He always comes back looking spot on, and the staff are lovely and gentle. My boy even gets excited to go inside”
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 why not 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!”
Canberra Pet Stylists offers boutique treatments that you can spoil your pooch with, featuring luxury grooming packages and breed-specific grooms, puppy training to get your new pup used to getting groomed, and a day-care service where you can book your dog in for a fun-filled day of spa treatments, playtime and walks. Providing second-to-none service in a safe and stress-free environment, you can trust the qualified team of staff at CPS to give your furry friend the best treatment they can.
Facebook user Diana Williams wrote this review of their experience at Canberra Pet Stylists, “They are wonderful and caring with my dog. He looked great when I picked him up and the staff was very nice to me and my dog! Will continue to take my beloved dog there.”
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 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.
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