Pet Grooming

Pet Grooming is not all about poofy poodles and hairspray - it's about a clean healthy dog. No matter how long or short, thick or thin a dog's coat may be, they all need regular basic grooming. Not only does a groomed dog look and smell better, he feels better too. Your dog may tell you otherwise, but then dogs don't always know what's good for them!

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Mudpuppy has built up one of the best reputations in Dunedin for our attention to detail and the care we take of your dog. We ensure that your dog is treated as carefully and gently as possible, that he is completely clean and that he is turned out looking his best. Such care takes time—we are not the cheapest option in town—but for owners who care about the quality of the groom and the way their dog is treated we guarantee satisfaction.

Brushing And Combing

This is a fundamental step in grooming your dog. Owners are expected to keep their dogs combed out in between visits but we still comb out every inch of your dog to ensure the coat is smooth, knot-free and sitting well in preparation for scissoring, clipping or any other finishing required. This is the most time consuming step and the most stressful for many dogs. It is not possible to produce an attractive groom on a dog that has not been combed out and there is no such thing as a “quick brush” for a dog that has a knotty coat. If the coat is too knotted we will have to clip it off, as extensive dematting is very stressful for your dog and is often simply not possible


We will wash your dog in one of our professional hydrobaths—a high pressure unit similar to a shower. The hydrobath is far more effective at shifting dirt and dead coat that any other kind of bathing system and its warm, massaging effect stimulates the skin and muscles. Your dog will not only look great but feel great.

 Shampoo and Conditioner

We use a range of different shampoos and conditioners, but will choose one that is right for your dogs coat and skin type.  We mainly use the Fidos, Groomers Edge and Green Groom range of grooming products which are high quality, professional products specifically designed for groomers. These will soon be available for purchase in our retail shop and on our products page for you to use at home.  If your dog is an excessive shedder or if you want to control the amount of hair on your carpet we offer a specialised FURminator treatment.  It guarantees to reduce shedding by up to 80%
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For the majority of dogs we use a forced air blow dryer to dry them after their bath. This directs a powerful jet of warm air through the coat, blasting out loose hair and water and producing a beautiful fluffed out finish. Although the blow dryer works in the same way as a human hair dryer, it is much cooler—human hair dryers are far too hot for dogs and can burn the skin and damage the coat. For dogs that do not enjoy the hair dryer, we also have a cage dryer which works by attaching to the front of a crate, which the dog is placed in.  The cage dryer gently warms the air inside the crate and the dog is more comfortable and less stressed out.  Our cage driers are top of the line and equipped with an timer and an auto cut off switch that will automatically turn if if the temperature in the cage gets to warm.


“Finishing” generally involves any scissoring or clipping that your dog requires to tidy the coat and produce an attractive appearance. This can be time consuming and detailed, as in the work required on a poodle, bichon or long coated dog, or it can be relatively simple, such as tidying up the feet of a border collie or golden retriever. Not all dogs require such attention but for most it is this attention to detail that makes the difference between a beautiful dog and one that looks less than attractive.


Prices Current as of 1 October 2021

Please Note : Price increases will be coming 1 April 2023

All VIPS receive 10% off all grooming prices below

To Qualify for VIP Prices, You must bring your dog in every 8 weeks or less, and they must be in a reasonable condition, eg not rolled in something dead at the beach or full of knots. Please note that for non-VIP clients the prices below are a starting point for a dog in reasonable condition and do not include dematting, excessively dirty coats or dogs with oil or contamination in their coats.


 Service 1st Puppy Groom 2nd Puppy Groom Bath & Dry Mini Groom Full Groom - Double Coat Full Groom Specialty Groom
Shampoo & Conditioner X X X X X X
Towel Dry X X X X X X
Blow Dry X X X X X X
Nail trim X X X X X X X
Sanitary Tidy X X X X X X
Full Brush Out X X X X X
Scissored Face & feet X X X X X X
Full Body Clip X X
Styled Trim X
Breed Specific trim X
Bow and/or bandana & Colonge X X X X X X X
5 Point Health Check X X X X X X X
Prices From... SH   LH
Small Breed Free $40 $35  $45 $50 $60 $75 $85
Medium Breed Free $50 $45  $55 $60 $80 $95 $105
Large Breed Free $60 $55  $70 $90 $105 $120 $130
Giant Breed Free $70 $65  $95 $115 $150 $170 $190
 SH = Short Haired LH = Long Haired


Information on services

Shampoo & Conditioner

  • A massaging hydro-bath, with 2 shampoos (and a conditioner if necessary) specifically chosen for your dogs coat type and colour

Towel Dry & Blow Dry

  • A towel dry, then a professional high velocity blow dry to completely dry and fluff up your dogs coat in preparation for styling

Sanitary Tidy

  • Sanitary areas prepared and clipped including groin, armpits, between pads, bottom and face

Full Brush Out

  • All loose coat and knots removed (this does not include dematting - extra will be charged for dematting)
  • Body coat fully prepared, either a pre-clip or full brush and comb out (depending on grooming requirements)

Scissored Face & Feet

  • Face and feet trimmed and styled to requirements

Full Body Clip

  • Body and legs clipped to length required

Styled Trim

  • Styled trims can vary depending on the breed/look of dog wanted.  Styled trims usually consist of a clipped body and legs hand scissored

Breed Specific Trim

  • Styled and groomed to a specific breed trim - please note that not all groomers can do breed trims so appointments may be limited

5 Point Health Check

  • Groomers check eyes, ears, teeth, body and legs to alert you of any health issues we notice while grooming your pet
Small Breed dogs are usually breeds that are lap size.  Examples of this are Toy Poodles, Bichons, Cairn Terriers, West Highland Whites, Mini Schnauzers ect. Double coated breeds include breeds such as Japanese Spitz
Medium Size dogs are usually dogs that stand at or just above knee height. Examples of this are Cocker Spaniels, Spoodles, Springer Spaniels ect Double coated breeds include breeds such as Keeshonds
Large Size Dogs are usually breeds that stand well above knee height. Examples of this are Standard Poodles, Standard Schnauzers, Labradoodles ect.  Double coated breeds include Golden Retrievers, Samoyeds ect
Giant Sized Dogs are usually breeds such as New Foundlands, Bernese Mountain Dogs, Great Danes ect
Add on Grooming Services Price
Dematting - removal of matted coat $50 per hour
Handstripping $80 per hour

Mouth Care Treatment -Includes teeth brush and mouth freshening gel

Feather Extensions - Crimp in feather extensions From $5.00
Worming (prices depend on dogs weight) From $5.00
Flea Treatments From $15.00
Fur Colouring POA
Nail Polish $10
Nails Only $10.00

Furminator Treatment - reduces shedding up to 80%

Small Dog

Medium Dog

Large Dog