Dog Grooming

Miniature Schnauzer being groomed

Professional Dog Grooming & Spa in Joppa, MD

The only thing better than a dog is a dog that looks spiffy and smells sweet. Let the talented grooming professionals at BowWag Pet Resort pamper your pet, whether it’s just a quick bath or a total spa day! Our canine spa is equipped with the best grooming products and technology to ensure a healthy, comfortable experience as well as great results. We’ve groomed thousands of pretty pups across the Joppa, MD area, including all breeds, sizes, and personalities.

First Night Free Boarding for New Clients!

Try us for free! We can’t wait to meet your furry family member.

Discount subject to availability and cannot be combined with any other offers. Applies to first-time boarding customers only and is valid for any accommodation selected.

Benefits of Grooming

  • Regular grooming provides invaluable health benefits to your dog
  • Regular bathing and brushing keeps your dog’s coat and skin healthy
  • Our groomers use specialized tools to release loose hair and prevent matting
  • Shedding is greatly reduced by regular grooming appointments
  • Keeping your dog’s nails trimmed promotes posture and paw health
  • We thoroughly check your dog for any signs of hidden health concerns as we work
  • Dogs feel best when they’re clean—just like humans do!
Perfectly groomed poodle
Collie being groomed

Quality Grooming Services

We offer a full menu of services and spa treatments. Call us today to find out about our discounted grooming and bathing packages!

  • Full-service haircuts, including a consultation with a pet stylist
  • Basic and premium bath options
  • Nail maintenance and caps
  • Ear cleaning
  • De-shedding treatments
  • Teeth brushing

 

Dog Grooming FAQ

When should my puppy have its first professional grooming?

Your pup should start seeing a groomer at 10-12 weeks of age (after their second vaccinations). This allows your puppy to become familiar with the sounds of the salon environment such as dryers and other dogs. The groomer will start teaching your pup to enjoy being handled, brushed, combed, and feel comfortable on a grooming table. When they’re introducing to grooming early on, your puppy is likely to grow up feeling comfortable and calm at the groomer. We recommend bringing your puppy for frequent grooming sessions within the first 6 months.

What vaccinations does my dog need?

The safety of our guests is our priority, so we require all pets staying or visiting with us to be up to date on vaccinations. These include the vaccinations for rabies, distemper, and Bordetella. We also highly recommend the canine influenza vaccinations.

Do I need to schedule a grooming appointment? How long will it take?

Appointments are required for grooming services. This allows us to ensure each pet receives the special attention and time they deserve during their grooming visit. Each type of dog and type of grooming visit will vary in length, but please keep in mind your dog’s breed and coat condition, the type of service requested, and age of your pet.

What kind of dryers do you use?

We never use any dryers with heating elements. First the pets are bathed and towel-fluffed, then dried only with fans and dryers using room temperature air.

How often should my dog be groomed?

Frequency of grooming depends on breed, coat type and length, lifestyle, and how much brushing/detangling you do at home between grooming appointments. If your dog has a longer coat or style that tends to get tangled, they should be professional groomed every 3-4 weeks. Dogs with short coats or styles can be groomed every 6-8 weeks.

How can shedding be reduced by the FURminator Shed-less Treatment?

Most shedding seems to occur between winter and spring when the dog loses their thick winter coat. Shedding can be more prominent in certain breeds, such as those that originate from colder climates. Almost all dogs shed. A FURminator Shed-less Treatment can tremendously reduce the amount of hair left around your house. Shedding can be reduced by 60-80% after 1-2 applications! The treatment consists of a specially formulated de-shedding shampoo followed by the application of a de-shedding solution. A special tool is then used to remove the undercoat and loose hair.

I brush my pet, why is he matted?

Matting is caused by a number of things.

  1. Improper brushing. There’s a right way and wrong way to brush certain types of coats, as well as correct tools for each coat type.
  2. If you bathe your pet at home, no matter what product you use, if the hair is not COMPLETELY combed out before and after bathing, any mats or tangles can be worsened by the bathing and drying process.
  3. “Non-shedding” breeds such as poodles and shih-tzus really do shed, but the shed hair gets tangled up with the live coat. If not brushed out regularly, it will eventually form mats.

Should I have my dog groomed in the winter or is it too cold?

Many pet owners don’t realize how much dogs still benefit from grooming during the wintertime. It may be cold, but our dogs still need to have their coats properly bathed and brushed-out, have their ears cleaned, and nails trimmed. Trimming can be helpful in winter, too! If you keep your pet’s hair shorter in the winter, it will keep him warm by insulation and will dry quicker than matted or longer coats.

Dog being toweled off

First Night Free Boarding for New Clients!

Try us for free! We can’t wait to meet your furry family member.

Discount subject to availability and cannot be combined with any other offers. Applies to first-time boarding customers only and is valid for any accommodation selected.