The Best Austin Dog Groomers
It can be somewhat challenging for us pet owners to find groomers we can trust to give our pets the best overall experience. All of us hope for gentle service with regards to our pets, but all of us also want them primped and pampered thoroughly. Grooming your furry friend is not just about keeping her clean. And it’s not all about appearance, either. Regular grooming helps keep your dog’s health, and it’s also an excellent way to hang out and bond with your furry friend. Listed below are our top 10 dog combing service providers in Austin.
Action Pack Dog Center
Round Rock, TX 78665
Action Pack Dog Center is the area’s most award-winning facility for dog boarding, dog daycare, and dog training. Our Round Rock, Georgetown, and Liberty Hill, TX locations each have spacious overnight accommodations as well as a fun-filled dog daycare program. Our Round Rock and Georgetown locations offer effective, dog-friendly training programs for dogs of all ages. For more than 10 years, Action Pack Dog Center has provided a haven for pets to have fun, stay engaged, and rest easy. Each of our three locations offers premium overnight accommodations, complete with individualized care and TLC. Discover our enriching activity packages for the most fun-filled experience. – actionpackdogs.com
Mod Mutt Salon
7600 N Lamar Blvd. A2,
Austin, TX 78752
Our salon was opened June of 2017. We saw a need for a modern salon for the modern pet that recognizes grooming is not just about aesthetics, but important for overall health and hygiene as well. Mod Mutt Salon is proud to offer all-inclusive grooming packages that include everything your pet needs minus dietary or veterinary care. We do not up-sell our clients well being, so our focus during the appointment is getting the groom to your exact specifications. – modmuttsalon.com
Doodle Groomer Chick – Exclusive Doodle Grooming
3900 Oak Creek Dr.
Austin, TX 78727
Many doodle moms know the feeling – you enter the grooming salon with a specific desired hairstyle in your mind for your baby. You collected images, you are prepared. But no-one looks at your carefully collected photos and you never get to speak with the groomer him/herself, just the front desk assistant. They might agree to give you the trim you asked for, but most often you are shocked and beyond disappointed to see your baby in a poodle style or a short shave at the pickup time. – groomerchick.com
2116 E Cesar Chavez St.
Austin, TX 78702
Clean Critters has Grown up with the East Side! The new shop is located at 2116 E. Cesar Chavez, ATX 78702, next door to the original Clean Critters! If you are looking for quality service you can trust, you’ve come to the right place. Clean Critters is a mom and pop shop. Owners, Kevin and Aimee Ryan, met in the pet service industry and decided to open their own pet grooming shop in 2014, the year they were married. Since then Clean Critters has grown out of the garage and into it’s brick and mortar location on Austin’s East side. Kevin and Aimee couldn’t be more excited to meet everyone in the neighborhood and offer this amazing service intended to bring you and your furry friends closer together. – cleancrittersaustin.com
Laura’s Doggie Doo’s
617 W Slaughter Ln. Ste. 105,
Austin, TX 78748
Laura’s Doggie Doo’s of Austin has the finest litter of professional pet stylists in one location. We’ve cut a over thousands dog’s from the Austin area since 2004 and most recently opened a brand new location in South Austin. Each and every one of our experienced stylists is committed to making your dog look and feel his or her best. Our mission at Laura’s Doggie Doo’s of Austin is to provide a perfect pet grooming experience with a personal touch. We want to get to know you and your pet so we can serve you both in the best ways possible! – laurasdoggiedoos.com
Mud Puppies – Riverside
2015 E Riverside Dr. Bldg. 9,
Austin, TX 78741
We offer play-care, boarding, grooming, training, and a self-service dog wash. Our highly-trained staff of doggie lovers is dedicated to providing your pup with the best experience possible, every single day. Our staff is highly skilled, and get to know each pup individually for customized care and attention. Come see why your puppy should be a Mud Puppy! – mud-puppies.com
Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming Austin
1204 N Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78703
Woof Gang Bakery is the leading specialty retailer of pet food, pet supplies and professional pet grooming in North America, with more than 130 locations open or under development across the U.S. Woof Gang Bakery offers the very best in pet care by providing quality products and grooming with a service-oriented approach. Each location is a neighborhood store committed to the well-being, health and happiness of pets. – woofgangbakery.com
West End Grooming
3405 Guadalupe St.
Austin, TX 78705
In service to the dogs of Austin since 1994. Our goal is to enhance the Health and Happiness of your pet: Inside and Out. A well-tended coat and balanced diet go a long way toward addressing the Whole Dog. To that end, we offer both 40+ years of grooming experience and a choice variety of all-natural, holistic, premium foods and supplements. We strive to provide a gentle, non-toxic, low-stress environment and compassionate professional animal handlers. – westendgrooming.com
8708 S Congress Ave. #520,
Austin, TX 78745
Kanine Klippers is South Austin’s premier dog grooming salon providing quality dog services including haircuts, baths, toenail trimming and other hygiene services for your lovable pet. We are a privately owned shop that prides itself on taking care of our customers and assuring a pleasant experience for your canine. Mary Beth has over 12 years of dog grooming experience. After a year of working as a groomer for Kanine Klippers, she had the opportunity to take ownership of the business in 2013. She looks forward to continuing to build relationships with her wonderful existing clients and the new clients to come. – kanineklippers.com
Midtown Groom & Board
1207 Baylor St.
Austin, TX 78703
At Midtown, you will find the friendliest, most experienced kennel staff and groomers. We pride ourselves on knowing the specific needs of each pet for a truly personalized experience. An overnight stay at Midtown is like a doggy vacation. Both boarding and daycare dogs enjoy plenty of outdoor playtime and exercise throughout the day. Our dog-loving staff pays special attention to the specific needs of each dog to create a stress-free, fun-filled stay. We offer full service grooming for both cats and dogs at our downtown location, from standard breed grooms and hand scissoring to customized styles. We offer full service grooming for both cats and dogs at our downtown location, from standard breed grooms and hand scissoring to customized styles. – midtowngroomandboard.com
Dirty Dog Grooming and Self-serve Dogwash
8108 Mesa Dr. A102,
Austin, TX 78759
So happily living in Austin, we realized that we needed jobs. That’s when Sam and Ollie came to our aid. Sam and Ollie were Blair’s two long-haired dogs (or children, if you will). They needed baths and short summer hairdos. We are pretty handy chicks and Blair thought, “I can do this!” and headed off to buy a pair of clippers. However, the ones they bought were no match for Ollie’s chow-mix coat. Off the cuff, she said, “I wish I knew a groomer! I’d pay them to let me use their equipment!” To which Alesha said, “You know what? I think that’s a great idea…..” – dirty-dog.com
Austin Pet Stylist
Austin, TX 78745
Grooming is an important part of your pet’s health, regardless of breed. Keeping the nails short, coat clean, and matt-free can help prevent health problems and will save on vet bills in the long run, so come in regularly! We offer a wide range of add-on spa services such as spa packages, coconut scrubs, facials, and dental care. Like a creative touch? We also do creative coloring, nail painting, feather extensions, and more! Do you have a new puppy that needs to be introduced to the grooming process or dog that needs a little extra TLC? We can help. Our experienced staff has tips and tricks to deal with special situations. – austinpetstylist.com
Fur Kids Grooming
Round Rock, TX 78681
Located at Shady Acres Pet Ranch in Round Rock, Fur Kids Grooming offers the best in professional grooming services. We are a full-service dog grooming salon providing Full Grooms, Spa Bathing, Tidy Ups, and Professional Treatments such as Furminator, Allergy Treatments, Ear Cleaning, and Nail Care. Megan is a professionally trained pet stylist that has been grooming since 2011. She loves the challenging and creative nature of the job, but her favorite part is making your fur kids feel comfortable and special during their spa day! – furkidsgrooming.com
Austin, TX 78749
Our goal is to give your dog or cat the best grooming experience possible; while making it more convenient and less stressful for you. Groom Service offers a one-on-one grooming experience for your pet. No distractions from other animals or people, no cage time, and a shorter time away from you all contribute to a more relaxed, positive experience for your pet. This also allows the groomer to gain your pet’s trust and create a personal bond, enhancing their time spent together. – groomserviceaustin.com
My Love Fur Paws Pet Care
Hudson Bend, TX 78734
We take pride in selling high-quality products for your pet and as a responsible pet parent, we know your pet’s health is important! That’s why we sell Acana, Orijen, Zukes, Primal, as well as Stella & Chewys. We offer top-notch grooming products such as Pure Paws, Soothe, and Artero. We sell medicated products from Soothe and Vetericyn. We offer Dog+Bone collars, Bark Appeal harnesses and leashes, and Yellow Dog too! If there’s a product you would like us to carry, please let us know as we are expanding the retail area. – mylovefurpawspetcare.com
Communicating with Your Dog Groomer
Communicating effectively with your dog groomer isn’t just a matter of aesthetics, points out our groomer; your pet’s health and well-being might be at stake.
Discuss Your Dog’s Health with the Groomer
Groomers should be informed about your dog’s medical history.
“They should be checking that your dog is up to date with rabies, distemper, and bordetella shots,” she explains. “If it’s a dog daycare, they should be checking to make sure your dog has a negative fecal and heartworm test, too.” Not asking for shot records is a major red flag, she says
The groomer also “should be asking if your dogs have any allergies if they’ve been sick recently,” says she. “Especially with senior dogs, I ask if anything has happened recently. And make sure as an owner you’re telling the groomer that.”
For example, “If I know a dog has had a stroke recently, I’ll dim the lights, because that helps,” she explains.
Discuss Your Dog’s Hair with the Groomer
The groomer should also communicate with you about your dog’s cut and style before starting work.
“The groomer should ask you what kind of haircut you want,” she says. “You want to be specific with length.”
She advises making sure you’re clear with your description. “I always tell customers, ‘Don’t go into a grooming facility asking for a puppy cut or a lion cut or a lamb cut or a teddy bear cut,’ because to every single groomer that means something different. Never use trendy names unless they’re breed-specific.”
She advises that before you select a high-maintenance style, consider whether you’re willing and able to devote energy to it between visits to the groomer. “It’s about being realistic about your lifestyle, too, and how much time you have to put into grooming your dog,” she explains.
A good groomer will come out to meet and touch the dog, she says. “If the dog is severely matted to the point where it does have to be shaved, the groomer will want to let you know right away. If they do have to shave your dog, they should be calling and letting you know, so it’s not a surprise.”
The groomer’s role, explains she, isn’t just to cut and style the dog’s hair but to help you make informed decisions about how to care for your dog’s coat.
“They should also be helping you find the right grooming tool,” she says. “If you’re at a loss for what to choose, just get a plain metal comb. If you’ve got a short-haired dog like a lab or a beagle, get a rubber curry brush. Your groomer should be talking to you about this.”
She adds, “Your groomer should have standards, too. We get people calling with labs and golden retrievers and chow mixes and huskies, and they ask, ‘Can you shave my dog?’ We won’t do it unless the dog is terribly matted or has some skin condition where its vet requires the dog to be shaved. We don’t do it because the hair won’t grow back in that same soft, silky texture. Groomers should be warning you about this.”
Communicating About Problems with Your Dog Groomer
While some dogs dislike being groomed, there’s a difference between reluctance and trauma – and groomers should know how to deal with both.
“Make sure you’re going to a place where, if the dog is too stressed out to handle it, the groomer is going to be talking to you,” she recommends. She suggests homeopathic treatment, such as Rescue Remedy, which the Paw Place uses.
Minor mishaps may occur on the grooming table – although severe injuries never should. “Occasionally your dog might get a nick, and you want to make sure the groomer is honest and is telling you about that,” explains she.
If the groomer does injure your dog, be firm about what you expect.
“If my dog is hurt and has to go to the vet, I’m not paying you a red cent,” she says. “Sometimes you’ll sign an agreement not to hold the groomer liable, but if the dog is severely hurt, they should be offering something. Use your common sense.”
A good groomer is a valuable resource who can provide insight into your dog’s health as well as its appearance. “Any question you have, your groomer should be open to talking about it. Even if they don’t have the answer, they should be able to refer you to someone who does.”