Grooming for holiday pictures

Posted by | November 28, 2017 | Grooming, Holiday | No Comments
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If your pup is making an appearance in this year’s holiday card, chances are you’ll want them groomed beforehand to have them looking their best. With everything going on around the holidays, getting your pet groomed and ready is just another stress. So we put together a check list to make the experience easy-peasy!

Timing is everything

Reserving your appointment

Don’t wait until the last minute to schedule your dog’s groom. Around the holidays, our groomer is especially busy due to heightened social engagement. We recommend calling to schedule your groom anywhere between 7 to 10 days before your desired appointment date to ensure you get a spot.

Getting the perfect cut

If your dog is getting a haircut before the photo session, we recommend scheduling the haircut 5 to 7 days prior to your shoot. As with humans, it takes a few days for dogs to adjust to a new haircut, and chances are the cut will look more natural after a few days.

Corresponding with your groomer about what exactly you want for the haircut is super important. We’ve seen our fair share of disappointed clients who simply did not communicate thoroughly enough with the groomer before the cut. Providing picture examples of what you want the cut to look like can be very helpful to the groomer. If you are able to, talk with the groomer face to face so all questions can be answered and you are both on the same page. Communication is key!

Cleaning up before the shoot

Ideally, you’ll want to schedule your dog’s groom as close to the photo shoot as possible in order to make sure they’re nice and clean. If your pup loves to play outside, it might be wise to let them play in the morning and then wash them a few hours before the shoot. That way they will be tuckered out and looking pretty!

Can’t get a same day groom? Giving your dog a simple brush out and rub down with a grooming wipe can spruce them up nicely!


While you may want your pup to look hashtag-flawless for your photo shoot, remember that they are still a dog. People will think they’re inherently charming despite muddy paws or awkward haircuts. Have a blast with your photo-taking, and don’t forget to send Fitdog a copy of your holiday card!

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