Whether you are a new dog owner or a professional groomer: this list contains 5 of the top dog grooming books along with a review to help you assess if that book fits you. With many of these books, you can preview the inside on Amazon.com to make sure it’s for you before you buy. The majority are available as e-books as well as in physical book format.
If you’re not ready to commit to a book but want more grooming information you should check out our articles on all the basics on DIY at home dog grooming and everything you need to know about professional dog grooming including salon types, common services, and a professional dog grooming salon price comparison.
Top 5 Dog Grooming Books for DIY At-Home & Professional Dog Groomers
#5. All-Breed Dog Grooming
by Dobish Denise (Author), et al. (Author)
All-Breed Dog Grooming is very well written comprehensive guide to all breed dog grooming. Written by a panel of expert groomers and show handlers, All-Breed Dog Grooming is a go-to guide for many professional dog groomers. Recently updated, it features clear and easy to follow guides on how to groom 164 dog breeds and varieties.
Typically professional dog grooming books can cost up to $100, but the All-Breed Dog Grooming guide is available for a pretty reasonable $11.99 on Kindle and $23.87 as a physical spiral bound book. The lower cost of this book makes it accessible to beginners as well as being a must have for new or experienced professional groomers.
#4. The Stone Guide to Dog Grooming for All Breeds
by Ben Stone & Pearl Stone
Written by husband and wife duo, The Stone Guide to Grooming is a beautifully illustrated guide to grooming 125 AKC recognized breeds. Ben Stone is the director of the International School of Animal Arts, and his wife Pearl is an ex-salon owner and author of a best-selling poodle grooming book.
The illustrations (and price point) make this professional grooming book particularly accessible to beginners and at home groomers. For professional groomers, there are useful chapters on equipment, setting up a shop, and developing a thriving grooming business. At $24 on Kindle and $25 in hardcover, The Stone Guide to Dog Grooming for All Breeds is good value for money.
#3. DIY Dog Grooming, From Puppy Cuts to Best in Show: Everything You Need to Know, Step by Step
by Jorge Bendersky (Author), Cesar Milan (Foreword, Contributor)
DIY Dog Grooming is written by celebrity dog groomer Jorge Bendersky and probably the most accessible dog grooming book on the market. If you are a new dog owner, or if you just want to go back to basics and learn the complete at home dog grooming repertoire, this is the book you need. DIY Dog Grooming, From Puppy Cuts to Best in Show goes through helpful guides of everything you need to know about the dog bath, trim, ears, nails, teeth, ticks and fleas.
The foreward is by Cesar Milan, who also contributed, a big positive to any fans of the Dog Whisperer. Available for $11.99 on Kindle and $14.99 in paperback, this book is reasonably priced for quality and accessibility to new groomers.
#2. Notes From The Grooming Table
by Melissa Verplank (Author)
Although the most expensive recommended book in our list with prices from $53.99 in spiral-bound paper, Notes From The Grooming Table is a must have for the library of any professional groomer. Melissa Verplank is a veteran dog groomer and master stylist and she authored this text which is considered one of the key dog grooming texts of all time and a classic reference text.
Unfortunately unavailable as an e-book, Notes From The Grooming Table is really only a recommended investment for professional dog groomers who have space and need to keep this large spiral bound book on hand.
#1. The Art of Grooming: A Philosophical Approach to Dog Grooming Kindle Edition
by Jun Sun Yun (Author), Tiffany Moses (Editor)
The Art of Grooming will help you get greater enjoyment out of the dog grooming process while deepening the bond between you and your dog. This book focuses more on teaching you why to groom your dog than on how to groom your dog (although that’s covered too!), and it’s surprisingly a really rewarding read. Highly recommended for those out you who tend to be more philosophical in your thinking. Read this book if you want to learn more about how grooming strengthens the bond between you and your dog.