A dog in the process of being groomed.

Do Dogs Like Being Groomed?

Grooming has a lot of health benefits for dogs because it prevents skin irritability, provides social excitement through interaction with other dogs, and enhances their mood. Not only that, but it also helps keep their coat in excellent condition and keeps parasites away. But do dogs like being groomed?

Some dogs love being pampered and groomed, while others may be hesitant. If a pup has never been groomed before, it might not. This could be due to it not knowing what to expect, or it could even be afraid. However, with time, these pups learn to enjoy the process and look forward to it. 

What Is Grooming A Dog?

Dog grooming involves cleaning and hygienic care, enhancing the dog’s look for shows and other competition. Grooming improves well-being and quality of life. A professional grooming session involves bathing, brushing, drying, and trimming the nails of the dog, all while using sanitized clippers, blades, and brushes.

Dog grooming also prevents the dog from any health threats by reducing the affliction load of parasites on the skin, so dogs must groom at least once a month. It is essential for a breed of dog with curly fur that they or their owners regularly sustain their coats.

What Are The Benefits Of Grooming For Dogs?

A happy Samoyed getting dried off with a towel during a grooming session.
That’s one happy Samoyed! Get it? Because of our name? Okay, we’ll just move on.

Grooming has many benefits for dogs’ health, appearance, and well-being. Take a look at the benefits below.

Health Scrutiny 

Grooming or having someone groom your pet routinely will prevent infections or other serious diseases. An ear infection is the common cause of dogs’ deafness, so checking their ears regularly will help sustain their hearing for a long time. 

Skin problems are also prevalent among dogs, like constant biting, scratching, infections, allergies, or other environmental issues that cause licking.

The groomer will also check for parasites and fleas, which someone else may overlook. So, after the detection of these parasites, groomers will provide treatment and suggest any other needed steps. 


The most apparent benefit of grooming is neatness and a clean look for your dog. You are brushing and cleaning the dog help to get rid of all the dead skin and the buildup of new skin, which helps your dog stay hygienic and smell good. 

Fresh Cut

Like human hair, cutting dogs’ fur regularly is a necessity. More oversized fur will make their vision unclear, and they will not be able to enjoy the daily activities of life, like eating, playing, and going for a walk. So, heavy and oversized fur makes pets uncomfortable and increases the risk of heat stroke.

However, the trimming of fur is usually dependent on the climate and needs of the pet. In warmer climates, it’s recommended to have their fur trimmed because it helps them keep cool in hot weather. On the other hand, in cold weather, many dogs need to have their fur left a bit longer to help them stay warm and insulated but trimmed in order to keep it from becoming matted.

Give A Better Look

Apart from all the health benefits dogs get from the grooming process, one of the main benefits is the makeover they get, which gives them an attractive look. It also reinforces your bond with your furry friend by reducing the mats in their fur. 

Enhance Social Interaction

The social benefit of grooming also matters as dogs will be more likely to interact with other dogs more confidently after grooming. Whoever’s grooming them is checking them for many health issues, which helps calm them and boost their overall mood. 

During the process, professional groomers will also provide lots of praise and reassurance, which help them keep calm and feel good. 

Trimmed Nails Equals Improved Health Benefits

Trimming a dog’s nails is very important for the dog’s well-being. Overly long nails cause them to feel uncomfortable and irritated. They also cause more significant problems if not treated. Bone deformation, lousy posture, and arthritis are caused by leaving dogs with larger nails. So, trimming a dog’s nails is essential for your pet’s health and comfort.

Clear Out Mats

Medium- to long-fur dogs are more likely to develop mats. Mats occur when the fur of a dog becomes entwined and bunched. Untreated mats will grow large and tug on the skin. This causes a lot of discomfort for dogs in tight and sensitive areas.

So, regular brushing reduces the chances of mats developing. In some cases, the groomer may have to trim the matting out, which helps the dog feel easy and relaxed. 

How Dogs Feel Before, During, And After Being Groomed

Here are some of the ways dogs feel before, during, and after the grooming process. Let’s start with how they might become agitated or aggressive.

Potentially Agitated Or Aggressive

The reaction of dogs depends on their first experience with grooming. If they had any negative experiences their first time, like accidental cuts or rough treatment, it can traumatize them and make them aggressive the next time. They are confused at first about what is happening and lash out at the groomers or other people around them during the grooming process.


Dogs can be depressed after grooming because they feel pain and feel submissive after the grooming process. After someone grooms them, they may feel different and need time to adjust to that feeling. Giving lots of praise, treats, and helping them through this time, even if that means giving them some space, is helpful too.

Anxious And Scared 

Sometimes, dogs show very fearful reactions during grooming sessions, especially when they are kept separate from their owners. Dogs sometimes have full-blown panic attacks from not adequately adjusting to the situation. They also fear touching and massaging their sensitive body parts like the belly, rear, paws, and ears. 

We encourage pet parents to practice gently touching and rubbing these areas at home while their pet is relaxing. 


Dogs interact less with society and spend little time outside the house. So, they will be timid at the salon. They are unfamiliar with the grooming process and expect terrifying and unusual things. It may take time for them to get used to it. Help them with lots of praise and treats.

A Boost To Their Mood

This may seem contradictory to the point about dogs becoming depressed after grooming, but that doesn’t always happen. And grooming really does help dogs refresh their mood as it provides them with fresh coats. Keeping your dog healthy and clean will help improve its mood. 

Grooming is also a healthy habit that helps as a coping mechanism for dealing with stress and other emotional problems.

Increased Happiness

Grooming makes a dog happy, just like humans. It enhances the look and confidence of the dog. It also improves its socialization skills

So, groom your pet regularly to make them clean, healthy, and happier. If going with a groomer, choose them carefully. 

Is Grooming Stressful For Dogs?

This goes back to some earlier points, but it’s worth repeating it again here. Some dogs are uncomfortable with people touching and manipulating their bodies. This may be due to their personality or previous experiences with humans handling them. 

This can make grooming them challenging, no matter who’s doing the grooming. The best thing to keep in mind here is to be patient, build a positive relationship with your dog, and choose a groomer who will be just as understanding and patient. Remember, any progress is good progress.

Although some dogs may feel stressed after grooming, after some time and with proper care, this will go away. Eventually, they will genuinely appreciate the benefits of grooming.

How Often Do Dogs Need Grooming?

Timing for grooming is different for different dog breeds, according to their hair, fur length, and growth. 

Talk to your vet or groomer about your dog’s grooming needs.

In Conclusion: Do Dogs Like Being Groomed?

Grooming has can produce a lot of different emotions in dogs, depending on their experiences and personalities. Regardless, grooming has a lot of benefits for a pet as it helps prevent many kinds of severe health problems and positively impacts a dog’s well-being. 

Grooming also enhances dogs’ appearance, makes them happy, and allows them to live long, healthy lives. So, pick your dog’s groomers carefully. They should be professional and caring about your dog’s feelings and comfort.

Do you have a dog that stresses out during grooming? How often do you take your pet in for grooming? Let us know in the comments below. We want to hear from you!

Dr. Mohsin Iqbal (DVM, RVMP)
Dr. Mohsin Iqbal (DVM, RVMP)
Dr. Mohsin Iqbal is a licensed veterinarian with more than 5 years of experience in veterinary medicine. After receiving his DVM degree from The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Pakistan, he worked as a veterinarian in both government and private sectors. Dr. Mohsin specializes in small animal medicine and surgery and has experience treating all types of animals including dogs, cats, horses, and reptiles. He has a passion for pets and has written several eBooks on pet care and surgery. In addition to his clinical work, he also volunteers his time for various animal rescue organizations and helps care for injured and abandoned animals.