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New Trends in Dog Grooming

Remember when a trip to the groomer meant a bath, haircut, brushing, and a paw-dicure? Thanks to a range of newer options and services, things have changed.

Today's fashion-savvy dog groomers are going far beyond yesterday's basic services. In our fashion-forward world, well-primped pooches can walk out of the grooming salon more colorful than they walked in. In some cases, they can even have a different shape!

Here's a quick look at some of the avant-garde add-ons some groomers offer.

Colorful highlights

Vibrantly colored chalk is used on small areas of a dog to create bold statements in some very unnatural hues. This coloring is temporary and washes out easily—so you may not want to have this procedure done on a rainy day!

Dreadlocks

Your dog doesn’t have to be a Puli to sport a coat filled with dreads. Look around your neighborhood and you may find dread-ed Poodles and a groomer willing to give your long-haired dog a Rasta look!

Stenciled designs

Imagine how your pooch would look proudly wearing your favorite team's logo, a holiday design, or a fun decorative image? Stenciled designs are like tattoos for dogs, but this technique uses nontoxic colors that wash off, making them safe, fun, and temporary.

Feathers, jewels, and nail polish

The list of potential adornments gets longer and longer for the more extroverted pooches and their fashion-conscious parents. Your pet can literally have color from her toes to her feathered ears. And who could resist the sparkle of temporarily attached crystal-like jewels shining through her fur?

Square and round faces

If your fashion sense is anything but square, see how your dog’s face fur looks when it’s cut in a square or round shape. This hair-cutting technique is a big hit in Taiwan, which means you could be the first in your local dog park to shake things up with a new and striking look.

Coloring your dog: A word of caution

You may have seen dogs that have been totally colored from head to tail. This type of dye job goes far beyond the simple plus-ups described above. If you do consider coloring your entire dog, don’t attempt it at home. Have a professional groomer do it—and make sure the groomer uses nontoxic dyes and has a proven track record of safety and quality. Remember: Human hair dye is NOT for dogs. And homemade color elixirs can be dangerous to your dog’s sensitive skin.