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 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 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.”
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!”
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 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
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