Haircut of a Maltipoo dog from a grooming salon.

Why Cage-Free Dog Grooming is Best

Cage-free dog grooming salons have become very popular in recent years as pet owners increasingly prioritize the well-being and comfort of their dogs. These establishments offer an alternative to traditional grooming salons, where dogs are often kept in cages or kennels for extended periods while waiting for their grooming services. Cage-free grooming aims to create a more relaxed and humane environment for dogs while providing essential grooming services. Let’s look at some key aspects to consider when discussing cage-free dog grooming salons.

Reducing Stress and Anxiety in Pets

One of the primary benefits of cage-free grooming is to reduce stress in dogs. Traditional grooming salons may trigger anxiety and fear in some dogs due to the confinement as well as the unfamiliar environment. In cage-free salons, dogs can move about freely and play with other dogs, creating a more natural and less stressful experience. When dogs associate their salon grooming in a positive way, they are much more likely to be cooperative and happy to be dropped off for their spa day in future visits!

Providing a Perfect Place to Wait and Rest

Typically, a standard dog grooming facility uses cages for the dogs to wait their turn, or to wait for their owners to pick them up. The cage-free salons are finding that providing a comfortable place for dogs to rest and wait is becoming more appealing and offers a more relaxed atmosphere. A great example are the Pet Therapeutics™ ProEdge™ dog beds which provide comfort and a sense of security for dogs that may experience anxiety or stress. They feature supportive orthopedic memory foam, high sides which offer a feeling of security and a cozy environment away from home. These beds are designed for commercial use, so they are made with a durable high quality, vegan leather which is essentially ‘chew-proof’ and washable. They are super easy-to-clean with disinfectant spray cleaners or just washed down with soap and water.  This makes it so simple to maintain, as different dogs may use these throughout the day. Additionally, these ProEdge beds are elevated and keep the dogs from lying on the salon floor and picking up dirt, fur, germs, or allergens.

Quieter Setting

When dogs waiting in cage-free grooming salons have comfortable beds to rest on rather than the typical salons where they are held in cages, it creates a quieter and more peaceful environment overall.  There is much less barking and whining and this reduced noise is surely welcomed by the staff as well as the dog clients themselves, allowing for less distraction and a more tranquil space.

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Keeping it Calm

Some dogs require a more intensive grooming as they may have long, thick and coarse coats. Offering them a comfortable dog bed such as the Pet Therapeutics ProEdge bed to rest and recover on between grooming tasks will undoubtedly help them stay relaxed and calm.

Encouraging Socialization

Cage-free salons also provide an excellent way for dogs to socialize with other pets. Socialization is essential for a dog’s mental and emotional well-being, and it can help improve their behavior and keep them at ease. Being around other dogs in a supervised environment can be beneficial for their social skills and can foster cooperative behavior during future salon visits and in general when having playtime with other dogs.

Safety First

While cage-free salons promote interaction among dogs, they also emphasize safety. Professional groomers are trained to manage and supervise interactions between dogs, ensuring that they remain safe and stress-free during their time at the salon. In some salons, dogs may be grouped by size or temperament to minimize potential conflicts in separate areas. However, when the dogs are more at ease and are free to roam, play or rest on a comfortable bed, this offers an optimal level of safety to both the dogs and the grooming salon staff.

Happy Dogs, Happy Dog Owners

Dog owners seeking salons for their pets with extra levels of comfort and a compassionate approach to dog grooming are finding cage-free grooming to offer many positive features that will ensure high customer satisfaction and loyalty, as well as producing a nice word-of-mouth following.  Referrals and reviews can help to establish a solid reputation in the local pet community.


Overall, cage-free dog grooming salons offer a thoughtful, innovative, and caring approach to pet grooming, emphasizing the well-being and comfort of dogs while delivering essential grooming services. As pet owners increasingly seek humane and stress-free options for their dogs, these cage-free grooming salons are likely to continue growing in popularity.

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