Tips & Ideas For Naming A Dog Grooming Business

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There are more than 133,000 dog grooming businesses in the United States alone. So, it’s no surprise settling on a unique name when starting a dog grooming business is no easy task. 

Picking the right name gives potential customers an idea about your business’s services, creates a good first impression, and helps you stand out from the competition.

Are all the good dog grooming business names already taken? How do you come up with something fresh? And what names can you use? 

Related: How to start a dog grooming business

Also see:
How to start a dog walking business
How to start a pet boarding business

If you’re not sure how to answer those questions, you’re in the right place. Keep reading to learn my top tips for choosing the perfect name and how to make sure your favorite choices are available to use. 

Let’s dive in!

Tips for Choosing the Perfect Dog Grooming Business Name

If you’re struggling to choose a company name for your dog grooming business, one of the best things to do is start brainstorming. As you go through the tips outlined below, make a list of words, phrases, and terms associated with your business. 

From there, you can narrow down the list and cross off ideas you don’t like. 

Once you have several top considerations, we’ll walk through how to make sure you’re allowed to use them. This last step helps you narrow down your list even more so you can make a final decision. 

1. Consider the Services You Plan to Offer

There are a few ways to set up a dog grooming business, so it may be worth considering the services you plan to offer, whether you plan to operate as a mobile groomer or have a retail location. 

Add the different types of services you want to offer to your brainstorming list. 

Remember to avoid anything limiting your business’s future growth if you decide to go in another direction down the road. 

2. Location-Specific Terms

Most pet grooming businesses are specific to a geographic service area. So, if that’s true for your business, consider adding a location-specific term to your business name. 

You can consider things like:

  • City nicknames
  • Neighborhoods
  • Regions or states
  • And descriptive terms

However, consider what happens if you expand outside your intended service area. Does the name become limiting? If so, it’s best to avoid it if you plan to expand or change directions later. 

3. Avoid Business Names That Are Hard to Pronounce, Hear, or Spell

Despite the technological advances of voice search, assistants like Siri and Alexa struggle to understand slang and other confusing words. 

This could limit how often your business shows up in voice (and text-based) search if your name is hard to spell, pronounce, or hear. Because of that, it’s important to avoid complicated words, industry jargon, and using numbers in place of letters.  While having a unique dog grooming business name is good, being too unique may not be so good. 

Keep your business name as simple and easy to remember as possible so potential customers can easily find you. 

4. Pick a Favorite Pet Breed

One way to name any pet business is to think about your favorite dog breed and include it in your name.

5. Consider Alliterations and Rhyming Words

Alliterations and rhymes are catchy and easy to remember. Because of that, they make for great business names. 

That said, it’s not always easy to come up with them. Start with choosing a few of your favorite words from your master brainstorm list. 

Then, you can Google “words that start with B” to come up with a name like Barking Beauties or T for Trimmed Tails or whatever letter you’re using to create an alliteration. Alternatively, you can search “words that rhyme with _____.” 

It can be time-consuming, but it’s an excellent place to start. 

And don’t forget to add any exciting finds to your brainstorm list while you’re at it. Try not to overthink the names you come up with.  Just write them all down as some of the more interesting ones may spark better ideas later.

6. Steer Clear of Initials or Obscure Acronyms

Initials and unusual acronyms are hard to remember, so they typically don’t make great business names. They can also be challenging to pronounce and confusing for voice search as well. 

Furthermore, there are 325 different two-letter combination possibilities in the English language. And the odds of your target market remembering the specific letters you chose are pretty small. 

7. Imagery Words

Another consideration when brainstorming name ideas is whether there are industry-related words that could also lend themselves to be used in a logo. For instance, a dog grooming business could use an image of a dog getting a bath, a pet paw, or dog bone and focus the name around the image.

Related: How to create a logo for your business

8. Try the Business Owner’s Name

If you’ve made it this far and are still struggling to find the best name, you can always consider using your own name or one of an important family member. Doing so works well if the owner also plans to be the face behind the business. 

Something to keep in mind is that using the business owner’s name as the business name can make it more challenging to sell the business in the future. 

9. Look at the Names of Other Dog Grooming Businesses

Here is a list of existing dog grooming business names that may help give you some creative ideas.  While many of these names may be available for you to use, be sure to check first to be sure it can be used.

Tips on how to check business name availability is after the list of names!

  • 4 Pups Pet Grooming 
  • 5th Avenue Pet Grooming
  • A Dogs World Mobile Groom 
  • A Fancy Pet Salon & Spa
  • A Velvet Touch Pet Grooming
  • All 4s Grooming
  • All About Dogs
  • All Dogs Pet Life Grooming
  • All Fur The Luv
  • All Paws Pet Grooming
  • Allie’s Paw Spa
  • Alpha Mobile Grooming 
  • Amanda’s Dog Grooming
  • Angie’s Mobile Pet Styling
  • Animal House
  • Average Joe’s Grooming 
  • Backyard Pet Spa & Boutique
  • Bark & Bath Pet Grooming
  • Bark & Bathe Pet Salon 
  • Bark & Collar
  • Bark Avenue Pet Grooming
  • Bark Bath & Beyond
  • Bark the Town Mobile Dog Grooming
  • Bark’n Beauties Pet Grooming
  • Barks & Bubbles Pet Grooming
  • Beautiful Beards Pet Spaw
  • Best Dog Groomer
  • Big Pup Scrub
  • Biscuits Downtown Dog Grooming
  • Bow & Meow Grooming
  • Bow & Wow Grooming
  • Bow Wow Bath House
  • Bubbles & Bows Dog Grooming
  • Canine Couture Expert Grooming
  • Canine Tub Time 
  • Casual Canine Grooming 
  • Catchy Dog
  • Catherine’s Pet Parlor 
  • Channy’s Laundry Mutts
  • Charming Pet Grooming
  • Classy Clips By Korinna
  • Claws & Paws Pet Salon
  • Cleaner Tails 
  • Coats & Tails
  • Custom K9’s Mobile Grooming
  • Cute & Country Grooming
  • Cute Cuts For Muts
  • Da Dawg House Grooming
  • Dapper Dog
  • Das Pooch Grooming
  • Dave’s The Doghouse 
  • Debbie’s Grooming
  • Desert Girls Pampered Pets
  • Diamond Paws Pet Salon
  • Dippity Clips Pet Groomers
  • Dirty Dawgys Grooming & Boutique
  • Dirty Dog Grooming 
  • Dog Gone Cute Pet Spa 
  • Dog On Fun 
  • Dog Pawlour
  • Dog Styling Boutique
  • Dogfathers Grooming
  • Doggie On The Go Grooming Shop
  • Doggie Pause
  • Doggie Salon
  • Doggies Choice Pet Salon
  • Doggone Good Grooming
  • Doggy Styles Pet Grooming
  • Dreamteam Pet Grooming
  • D’Tails Pet Salon
  • Dusty Paws Pet Grooming 
  • Elegant Pet Grooming 
  • Extravagant Grooming Lounge
  • Fairy Tails Grooming Salon
  • Fancy Paws Grooming
  • Fluffy Puppy Pet Grooming
  • Four Paws Mobile Pet Grooming
  • Funky Poodle Grooming Salon
  • Fur Sure Mobile Pet Grooming
  • Furbabies Grooming
  • Furr-Ever Rio Linda Grooming
  • Furry Family Mobile Pet Groom
  • Furry Tails Pet Spa
  • Fuzz Monsters Pet Grooming
  • Gabby’s Grooming Spa 
  • Genesis Dog Grooming 
  • Give Back Grooming 
  • Good Dog Grooming
  • Green Groomer
  • Green Paw Grooming
  • Groom ‘N’ Zoom
  • Groom Studio 
  • Groom-A-Go-Go
  • Groomer Girls
  • Grooming By Lisa
  • Grooming Pawlor 
  • Grooming Spot
  • Growth Ultra Grooming Lounge
  • Grubby Dogs
  • Hair Of The Dogg 
  • Happy Dog Mobile Grooming
  • Happy Dog Spa
  • Happy Tails Dog Grooming
  • Head 2 Tail Grooming
  • Highlands Pet Styling
  • Hollywood Dog Spa
  • Holy Shih-Tzu 
  • House Of Hounds Grooming
  • House Of Paws Grooming
  • K-9 Clippers Salon
  • Kennel Couture 
  • King Dog Grooming
  • Kingsman Grooming Co
  • Lake Forest Grooming & Pet Spa
  • Laundromutt
  • Lazy Daisy Mobile Pet Spa 
  • Leslie’s Paw Spa & Pet Salon
  • Lili’s Pet Grooming
  • Little Paws Grooming
  • Looking Sharp Dog Grooming 
  • Love Pups Grooming
  • Lucky Mutt
  • Magnolia Grooming
  • Maria The Groomer 
  • Mary’s Paw Spa 
  • Meow Grooming 
  • Miriam’s Poochella Dog Grooming
  • Mobile Dog Grooming LA
  • Muddy Paws
  • Mutt Hut Pet Salon
  • My Favorite Groomer
  • Nancy’s Zoomin Groomin
  • Noah’s Arff 
  • O C Dog House Grooming 
  • Pampered Paws
  • Patricia’s Pretty Paws 
  • Paw Spa Mobile Pet Grooming
  • Pawfection Pet Care 
  • Pawlished Puppies
  • Paws & Claws Pet Parlor
  • Paws Place Grooming
  • Paws-A-While
  • Pawsitive Vibes Grooming 
  • Pawsitively Clean Mobile Dog Grooming
  • Pawsitively Spotless Grooming
  • Pawsome Pet Spa
  • Pawtique Pet Grooming Salon
  • Perfect Cut Dog Grooming 
  • Pet Grooming With Love
  • Pet Haven Mobile Grooming
  • Pimpin’ Pooch
  • Pooches Parlor
  • Posh Paws
  • Prancin Paws 
  • Pretty Paws By Jessica 
  • Primp My Pet
  • Pup-A-Wheelie Mobile Grooming
  • Puppy Love Grooming
  • Pupwash 911 
  • Quality Dog Grooming 
  • Red Carpet Pet Grooming
  • Ruff Cuts Grooming
  • Ruff Haus Grooming 
  • Ruff Life Dog Boutique
  • Salty Dog Boutique & Groomery
  • Sandy Pawz Mobil Pet Grooming
  • Sassy Paws Salon 
  • Scruff Mutt 
  • Shag Chic Grooming
  • Shaggy 2 Chic Grooming
  • Shanon’s Pampered Companions
  • Shear Details Groom Studio 
  • Shear Fun Mobile Grooming
  • Simply Devine Dog Grooming
  • Smelly Paws
  • Snoodles Mobile Dog Grooming
  • Spawology Pet Spa
  • Splash & Dash Groomerie & Boutique
  • Splash Wagon
  • Stinky Pets Grooming
  • Strut Your Mutt Pet Grooming
  • Suds N Pups Dog Groom & Wash
  • Sugar Bonez Grooming
  • Sweet Pea Grooming
  • Tail WAGN Grooming
  • Tails R Waggin Mobile Pet Grooming
  • Tale Of The Dog 
  • Tidy Tails Mobile Dog Grooming
  • Top Paw Grooming 
  • Tracys’ Touch Dog Grooming
  • Trendy Tails Pet Salon 
  • Trolley Grooming Lounge
  • Twin Tails Cageless Grooming
  • Unleashed Dog Grooming
  • Urban Tails Pet Spa
  • Wet Paws
  • What-A-Mess Pro Dog Grooming
  • Winchester Dog Grooming
  • Wizard Of Paws
  • Wizard Of Pawz
  • Wooforia Pet Grooming Salon
  • Wowow Grooming
  • You Lucky Dog Boutique 
  • Yuppy Puppy

Checking the Availability of Your Top Considerations

At this point, you should have several top considerations to choose from. And the best way to narrow it down further is to check each one for availability. 

This step is vital because using a name that someone else is using could be very costly, time-consuming to rebrand your business, and possibly embarrassing. There are several places to look to check whether a name is available to use, so let’s walk through each one. 

Trademark Search

Trademarks are the most critical, so we’ll start here. 

If a name or phrase is trademarked, you’re not allowed to use it in a similar capacity. So, run a trademark search for each business name you’re considering and cross off those that aren’t available. 

Learn more about how to do a trademark search before choosing a business name

Local Search

Just because there isn’t a federal trademark on a name doesn’t mean the name you want is available.  That’s because there is a trademark known as a common law trademark. A common law trademark isn’t filed anywhere but provides someone who uses that name in commerce some limited rights in their geographical area to use the name.  It can be hard to define how far geographically these rights extend as each industry is different. Still, at a basic level, someone can’t open a business and name it the same or similar name as a competing business in town. If you think the name could potentially create confusion with customers, it is usually best to just find another one to use to avoid potential legal issues down the road. 

To do a local search, open up the phone book (if you still have one), and do a Google search to see if there are any local competitors with a similar business name to the one you want to use. 

Cross off any similar names from your list and take the rest and let’s keep checking.  

State Entity Search (If Applicable)

If you plan to register your dog grooming business as a corporation or LLC, you must register with a unique business name. Each state requires every corporation or LLC to register a unique name for their entity.  This doesn’t necessarily protect your name from anyone else using it, but nobody can register a corporation or LLC under the same name in your state.

Related: Is your business name available?

If you find the name is in use, cross it off your list and move on.

Domain Name Availability

Website addresses aren’t as critical as the first three searches, but it’s still worth doing. Typically, you want your domain name to be “yourbusinessname.com” without any numbers, dashes, etc.

It’s easiest for customers to remember, but these are hard to come by.

However, you can explore other configurations and extensions if your preferred domain name isn’t available. Just remember your customers may have a more difficult time finding you online.

You can start with NameCheap’s domain search tool. Type in the domain name you want to use to see if it’s available. The tool also returns other possibilities you may want to consider.

Social Media Profiles

Next, especially if you are stuck between a couple of names, check and see if anyone is already using your potential dog grooming business names on social media. Consider which platforms you plan to use and start with those. 

Keep in mind you may have to shorten your company name for some platforms. Twitter only allows 15 characters, for example. 

Start with your preferred platforms and do a quick search for your name. If nothing pops up, that likely means no one is using it, and you’re good to go. 

Example: Someone is using startingyourbusiness on Instagram, so I would have to choose a different handle, making it more difficult for customers to find me.

Hopefully, you now have some good name ideas for your dog grooming business. Once you have this list narrowed down to just a few and researched that they are all available, start asking friends, family, and potential customers their thoughts to get feedback and then pick your perfect dog grooming business name! 

Vanity Phone Number

An inexpensive way to make your business stick out and is easier for your customers to remember is to get a custom phone number with your business name.  It’s hard to forget a number like (501)-GRO-OMER. Pricing is pretty affordable too, at around $10-$25 per month, depending on the level of features you need.

Companies like Phone.com and Grasshopper let you type in words to quickly see if a local or toll-free number is available.  

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