The Art of Creative Dog Grooming


If you have a dog or cat, you most likely visit the groomer regularly for a shampoo, cut, dry and perhaps a nail trim. So how do you add a bit of fun and personalize your salon appointment? It’s simple; Purr’n Pooch’s professional stylists offer our clients a touch of style with Creative Grooming. The technique is a unique way to let you and your pet’s personality shine through with the art of design, dye and cut.

Today many pet owners are choosing to express their dog’s “artistic side”. You may have already seen those eye-popping images of dogs disguised in tiger stripes, panda bear masks, and bursts of brightly colored flowers on Facebook. These outrageous groomings were created by artists from across the globe who use dogs as their canvases and their work has gone viral across the Internet. Creative Grooming has become so popular that a quarterly magazine published by the National Association of Professional Creative Groomers, LLC is devoted to the industry. Recently, there was even a Creative Grooming competition with the winner taking home $2,500 at the 25th Annual Groom Expo in Hershey, PA where over 4,000 groomers and dog lovers attended.

Your average pet owner may not visit Purr’n Pooch for one of these highly stylized groomings but in recent years our clients have been requesting simple touches of creativity to commemorate the holidays, sporting events, or even to just add a bit of pizazz to their grooming experience.

Creative Grooming is made by shaving a character or scenic background into a dog’s coat, and often these works of art are enhanced with safe, washable colorful dyes. We recommend starting out with a small pet tattoo, as these temporary designs wash out with one to three baths, depending on the size and colors used. The process will get your dog comfortable with the Creative Grooming technique. A consultation is required prior to your appointment to make sure that your pet has a healthy coat and skin before starting.Halloween is fast approaching and we anticipate a busy season of Creative Grooming appointments. Popular tattoos include bats, pumpkins, ghosts and witches.

To schedule your Creative Grooming consultation, contact Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts at (732) 842-4949 in Tinton Falls or (732) 528-8100 in Wall.


We’re in the final stages of renovations to our Wall Township Pet Resort. Renovations to our resorts mean more space and amenities. Our Wall location will soon feature an indoor aquatic center, new waterpark and playgrounds, grooming school, cattery jungle and luxury boarding suites for dogs and cats.

Since Purr’n Pooch was established in 1970, President Dick Palazzo continues to uniquely design and provide the best possible environment for Purr’n Pooch’s pet friends.

 With your pets’ health and happiness in mind, our new additions will offer pups and cats more freedom to roam, play or just relax; added comfort and pet services; and protection from airborne viruses, allergens, dust and dander with a state-of-the-art ventilation and air purification system.

Today, dogs are already enjoying our expanded outside playground lined with new landscaping, agility courses and top-of-the-line antimicrobial turf. Our pups are lapping up the luxury daily with supervised outdoor games and exercise that sends them home exhausted and happy!

Soon to come will be a new water park and natural rock pool, an indoor aquatic center, spa, luxury dog suites (boasting televisions, leather sofas, porcelain tiles and more), a spacious indoor playroom and training hall.

Cats will also purr for our new “Jungle Room” Cattery, featuring a lavish and calming waterfall and play area. Our innovative cattery was personally designed by Dick Palazzo to house and entertain even the most finicky of cats.

We’re eager for our friends to enjoy time at our modern Wall resort by summer 2012. Check back for updates on our progress and information on the upcoming Grand Opening. In the meantime, please call for a visit and tour of our new outdoor playgrounds. Wall Township Location: 732-528-8100, 2424 Route 35, Wall Township, NJ 08736.