We are open for APPOINTMENTS only (no walk-in’s) and following all health guidelines and contact tracing protocols. Contact us to make a booking.

About Us


We have all new equipment in our salon which we have purpose built (we opened in Winter 2017) – raised  bath, electric lift grooming table with head collars to ensure safety of both our clients and groomers, safe crates, and lovely new clippers and scissors (sharpened regularly for a perfect cut!). We use professional dog grooming blow dryers to keep your dogs nice and warm after their bath.

All our grooming and clipping equipment is washed and sterilised where necessary following best grooming practices.

When not being handled, your dogs will be either socialising with other clients, or safely contained in our crates.

Our salon is wheelchair accessible.


We are proud to use ProGroom grooming products. These are naturally based soap free products, pH adjusted for pets and safe for puppies and kittens. Gentle on skin and won’t irrigate or dry out skin, with an easy rinse formula and long lasting pleasant fragrance. We have these available for you to purchase in a take-home size.


Abi Russell

Abi Russell

Owner and Head Groomer

I’ve been grooming since around 2005 for various salons and clinics around Wellington, and in 2017 started The Dogsbody Grooming Salon. I have a love of dogs and animals in general, having worked as unqualified Vet Nurse in my younger days, and always had pets in the house.

My partner and I currently have two dogs – Blue Steel (Staffy Cross), and Wayne (a Bull Terrier Staffy cross).

I am currently studying for my Master Groomers qualification, which takes four years to complete. I have done numerous courses and training, and have trained a number of apprentices. I am confident with all breeds, pet trim or breed specific grooming.

I look forward to meeting you and your dogs in our Salon!