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Dog grooming trends: good or bad?

My dogs love a good haircut, especially Eddie who comes home from the groomer at least a kilo lighter and runs around the yard like a puppy! Eddie has even extended her look to sometimes get the ‘teddy bear face’ style depending on the groomer she visits. But some people go a lot further than giving their dog a good wash and clip, so we thought we would check out a few of the trends and gimmicks that the ‘fashion-forward’ dogs (or more rightly dog owners) of the world are adopting.


Okay these are pretty cute and I am sure some dogs would love the ‘street cred’ they would get by having a few of these in their coat. I could possibly even see Cress rocking a few in his long ear-fur — like the dogs below — as he loves all the extra attention he can get. But I do wonder if they would agitate him or if he would think a very small bird had got caught in his fur? Puppylocks feather extensions are attached using a “microbead” which makes them simple to apply and remove, so if your dog did not like them they would definitely be an easy thing to take out. They can also be washed and dried with your dog’s coat so you can keep up their regular grooming routines.

Puppylocks feather extensions for dogs

The Dog Tattoo

We’re not talking about ink and needles here, but the removal of fur to create some crazy shapes resulting in ‘Pooch Patches’. When my friend sent me this article about two dog groomers from England I wasn’t sure what I thought. I know I wouldn’t get this for my dogs as when they have had part of a leg shaved for a drip it takes AGES to grow back and I think personally they wouldn’t like it. On top of that I read this quote from one of the groomers: “One woman even wanted a One Direction symbol shaved onto her dog for her daughter. For the dogs it’s just like having a hair-cut and doesn’t hurt.” I just thought: “Oh god, poor dog!” Imagine someone shaved your head leaving behind a One Direction symbol?

Dog tattoos or a Pooch Patch

Creative dyeing

One more step along the outlandish grooming continuum would have to be the craze of making your dog look like another animal, usually an exotic one. This has been popular for a while in China with some crazy and amazing images appearing on the web, like this Golden Retriever that has been transformed into a Tiger (top image) and a few Chow Chow’s who have been treated to a Panda makeover. I’d have thought this type of transformation would seriously confuse a dog as well as make them endure some serious time in the hairdresser’s chair. I also wonder how other dogs react to seeing a dog like this; would social cues get lost and what effect does the dye have on their fur and wellbeing?

Dogs with their coats dyed

We are interested to know what your thoughts on these grooming fads are. Are some of these owners projecting their needs onto their dog way too much or are these just a bit of fun and another way to express your love for your dog?



Lisa Miller is a blogger, digital strategist, business coach, zoologist and crazy dog-lady! Lisa lives in Sydney, Australia with her husband, two kids, two dogs and two cats. That equates to a lot of fun and vacuuming. Her dog’s names are Cresswell and Edwina (or Cress and Eddie).

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