Taking your dog for a grooming session is like spinning the wheel of fortune. You think you know what you’re gonna see when you come pick the little furry boi or gurl up, but that’s not always how it works.

You see, in times of worldwide social isolation and our best efforts to stay home, our beloved pets haven’t had a decent wash and cut in ages. Many have grown their fur way beyond their recognizable selves, and given the first opportunity, no owner would wait any longer to take them to the grooming salon.

After the session is over, things have changed, literally. According to people on social media, their dogs are not only unrecognizable, they’re literally different dogs. Can you go from being a proud parent to a cocker spaniel with luscious locks to a cute short-haired beagle in less than an hour? Yes, you can. Is there a conspiracy that groomers around the world have been mixing up doggos and handing their owners the wrong ones? You could call it that.

Let’s see it to believe it in the most hilarious post-haircut ‘not my dog’ moments shared by confused owners and hand-selected by Bored Panda for an ultimate cuteness overload.

#1

My Dog Got A Haircut, And Now It Looks Like He Gave Up Drinking

My Dog Got A Haircut, And Now It Looks Like He Gave Up Drinking

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glowworm2
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3 months ago

How many days has your dog been sober now?

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This Is The Same Dog. My Friend Adopted Her After She Just Showed Up On Her Porch. I Groomed Her And Made Her Brand New Babe Feeling So Fresh And Clean

This Is The Same Dog. My Friend Adopted Her After She Just Showed Up On Her Porch. I Groomed Her And Made Her Brand New Babe Feeling So Fresh And Clean

She had to have all her teeth removed, she had a giant sore on her leg and under her tail and she was a giant matted mess.

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Raine Soo
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3 months ago

Well, this is a much needed transformation.

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#3

My Sweet Girl Cheech Is 15 Years Old. After Her Haircuts, Everyone Always Thinks She’s A Puppy

My Sweet Girl Cheech Is 15 Years Old. After Her Haircuts, Everyone Always Thinks She’s A Puppy

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3 months ago

It's so cuteee

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To find out more about the art of dog grooming, Bored Panda reached out to Lindsey Patton, an Indiana-based professional pet groomer with 17 years of experience. Lindsey is also a member of the International Professional Groomers Inc. and the National Dog Groomer’s Association of America. She said her “commitment and passion for my job has allowed me to assemble a loyal and steadfast client base,” and you can see some of her recent dog transformations on her Instagram account.

Lindsey explained that a good groom is always the result of the groomer and owner working as a team. “As a pet owner, acclimate and desensitize your dog (or cat!) to every possible scenario they might encounter during the grooming process.”Imagine that during the grooming session, “as professionals, our hands literally cover every square inch of your pet’s body… oftentimes more so than your veterinarian does during a routine health exam!”

And according to Lindsey, it’s the owner’s responsibility to normalize these activities to your pet at home. In fact, “the more your pet is exposed to prior to visiting the grooming salon, the more comfortable and confident they will be in a proficient salon setting,” the expert groomer explained.

#4

That's A Different Dog

That's A Different Dog

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Raine Soo
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3 months ago

I like Kubo's shaggy self. But, it was probably getting hot and unruly for him.

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#5

We Rescued A Maltese From A Puppy Mill In Georgia That Got Busted With Over 700 Dogs This Weekend. After 3 Hours Of Cutting Matted Hair And Bathing, Here Is Luna’s Before And After

We Rescued A Maltese From A Puppy Mill In Georgia That Got Busted With Over 700 Dogs This Weekend. After 3 Hours Of Cutting Matted Hair And Bathing, Here Is Luna’s Before And After

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Raine Soo
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3 months ago

Poor Luna. Puppy mills are awful. Thank you for rescuing her.

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#6

New Haircut, Same Smile

New Haircut, Same Smile

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

The before photo looked like an ersatz Angora rabbit.

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When it comes to dramatic pet transformations, Lindsey said that in some of the most dramatic cases she’s dealt with in her career, some dogs and cats have truly looked unrecognizable.

In cases when “the extensive matting requires them to be 'stripped' down with a very close clipper blade to safely & humanely remove a badly felted coat, we are just as shocked as the owner when we fully reveal the end result.”

However, Lindsey assured owners that “never should a professional groomer put an animal through torturous hours of de-matting just to appease a demanding human customer... Or, worse yet, for monetary gain by charging additional fees for de-matting services.”

#7

From Shaggy To Happy. Total Transformation

From Shaggy To Happy. Total Transformation

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Lis Daglish
Community Member
3 months ago

Very cute boi both versions

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#8

My Friend Had To Triple Check With The Groomer To Make Sure He Was Bringing Home The Right Dog

My Friend Had To Triple Check With The Groomer To Make Sure He Was Bringing Home The Right Dog

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Rissie
Community Member
3 months ago

Sooo, just a Golden underneath all that hair ;)

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#9

It's 32°C Degrees (90°F) Outside, So My Dog, One-Eyed Snuggles, Needed A Groomer

It's 32°C Degrees (90°F) Outside, So My Dog, One-Eyed Snuggles, Needed A Groomer

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Cupcake168
Community Member
3 months ago

Good decision!

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On other occasions, owners may be stunned not only because of an extreme case of matting, but also because of a misunderstanding of the owner’s instructions for a hairstyle. It can indeed result in “a total alteration of breed character.”

“For example, certain breeds known for their distinct traits—such as a Schnauzer's eyebrows and beard or a Poodle's trademark topknot and tail pom—look starkly different when these characteristics are taken away.”

Having said that, Lindsey said that pet owners must be willing to accept the fact that it’s not the hairdo that makes their dog who he is. “Whether their pet is meticulously coiffed or shaved down to his birthday suit, he is still the same animal who casts no judgment and loves unconditionally,” the groomer concluded.

#10

My Puppy Otis Got His First Haircut. I'm Not Sure They Gave Me Back The Same Dog

My Puppy Otis Got His First Haircut. I'm Not Sure They Gave Me Back The Same Dog

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Raine Soo
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3 months ago (edited)

After the trim, you definitely have an airedale terrier.

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#11

Our 9-Year-Old Goldendoodle Got Her First Grooming Since Quarantine. Our Other Dog Barked At Her When She Came Home

Our 9-Year-Old Goldendoodle Got Her First Grooming Since Quarantine. Our Other Dog Barked At Her When She Came Home

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

"Arrgh! Who is this and what did you do with our sister?"

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#12

My Boy, Before And After Going To The Groomer. Went From Dirty Biker To Innocent Preacher's Kid

My Boy, Before And After Going To The Groomer. Went From Dirty Biker To Innocent Preacher's Kid

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BookCrazyTeen
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3 months ago

The title, yes 🙌 😆

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#13

Life Lesson Learned. Be Very Specific When Explaining How You Want Your Dog Be Groomed. Dropped Off A Shihtzu, Picked Up A Llama

Life Lesson Learned. Be Very Specific When Explaining How You Want Your Dog Be Groomed. Dropped Off A Shihtzu, Picked Up A Llama

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BookCrazyTeen
Community Member
3 months ago

Omg the after 😆

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#14

Fired My Groomer Today

Fired My Groomer Today

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Lis Daglish
Community Member
3 months ago

Did he used to front an 80s pop band? (The dog, not the groomer)

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#15

He Looked Like The Squirrel From Ice Age

He Looked Like The Squirrel From Ice Age

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

Yes, I see you, Skrat.

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#16

Took Doggo To A Groomer. Got A Different Doggo Back

Took Doggo To A Groomer. Got A Different Doggo Back

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troufaki13
Community Member
3 months ago

He doesn't seem happy with his new look!! He's like "what have you done to me, human!!"

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#17

My Pupper After I Adopted Him, And After I Had Him Groomed

My Pupper After I Adopted Him, And After I Had Him Groomed

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Krista Sinaga
Community Member
3 months ago

You did great, he is beautiful

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#18

Oliver, Our 8-Month-Old English Sheepdog (Bobtail) Shed His Puppy Coat At The Groomers. I Didn't Recognize Him At First

Oliver, Our 8-Month-Old English Sheepdog (Bobtail) Shed His Puppy Coat At The Groomers. I Didn't Recognize Him At First

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Krista Sinaga
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3 months ago

Me neither, look nice

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#19

My Good Boy Got His Summer Haircut

My Good Boy Got His Summer Haircut

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3 months ago

Oooh

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#20

What A Difference A Haircut Can Make

What A Difference A Haircut Can Make

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Mrs_ Possum
Community Member
3 months ago

Aaaaw that is sooo cute! Can I boop the little nose and take him/her home?? 😄

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#21

Pretty Sure We Picked Up The Wrong Dog At The Groomer's

Pretty Sure We Picked Up The Wrong Dog At The Groomer's

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Judy Steelman
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3 months ago

Same chair!

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#22

Raggamuffin To Stud Muffin. Quite The Transformation At The Groomer Today

Raggamuffin To Stud Muffin. Quite The Transformation At The Groomer Today

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Sara Rodrigues
Community Member
3 months ago

This transformation is lovely!

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#23

My Dog Before And After A Haircut

My Dog Before And After A Haircut

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

"Hooray! I can see!"

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#24

First-Ever Big Boy Haircut

First-Ever Big Boy Haircut

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Hayasahibaa
Community Member
3 months ago

Someone's ready for their Vogue photoshoot!

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#25

What A Difference A Haircut Makes. Latest Fosters 13-Year-Old Vileda And 10-Year-Old Swiffer

What A Difference A Haircut Makes. Latest Fosters 13-Year-Old Vileda And 10-Year-Old Swiffer

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troufaki13
Community Member
3 months ago

Love the names!!

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#26

From Puppy To Dog In One Haircut

From Puppy To Dog In One Haircut

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

Alright, I'm not convinced it's the same dog. :D

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#27

She’s Adorable

She’s Adorable

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Kel Gal
Community Member
3 months ago

I’m a dental hygienist and I object! 🤣

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#28

My Dog Courage Before And After Grooming

My Dog Courage Before And After Grooming

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Cupcake168
Community Member
3 months ago

...and bathing!

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#29

Willie Had His First Haircut Today. I Think I Brought Home The Wrong Puppy

Willie Had His First Haircut Today. I Think I Brought Home The Wrong Puppy

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Rissie
Community Member
3 months ago

Oh, he's the cutest character, before ánd after :)

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#30

To The Guy Whose Dog Got A Haircut, I Present My Dog

To The Guy Whose Dog Got A Haircut, I Present My Dog

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

I like both versions, but the first one reminds me of a happy, tree-hugging hippy.

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#31

The Difference One Haircut Can Make

The Difference One Haircut Can Make

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Toea Muresan Iulia
Community Member
3 months ago

yes, better before

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#32

Bagby

Bagby

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Lis Daglish
Community Member
3 months ago

Spacesuit.

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#33

From Chicken Nugget To Barbie's Dog

From Chicken Nugget To Barbie's Dog

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Cupcake168
Community Member
3 months ago

THIS, ladies and gentlemen, is a real groomer's work! Excellent performed! (I also like the natural look.)

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#34

Before And After Grooming. Did We Bring Home The Wrong Dog

Before And After Grooming. Did We Bring Home The Wrong Dog

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Aroace tiger
Community Member
3 months ago

Yes. Yes you did.

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#35

We Got A Puppy. His Name Is Picasso. He Got His First Haircut Today. He’s 3 Months Old

We Got A Puppy. His Name Is Picasso. He Got His First Haircut Today. He’s 3 Months Old

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R L
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3 months ago

Why are people trimming dogs at such a young age? It ruins their coat.

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#36

Still Not Convinced The Groomer Gave Us The Right Doggo

Still Not Convinced The Groomer Gave Us The Right Doggo

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Cupcake168
Community Member
3 months ago

:-o You didn’t need a groomer for that.

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#37

Our Puppy Got A Haircut (She Had Matts) My Fiance Isn't A Fan. What Do You Think?

Our Puppy Got A Haircut (She Had Matts) My Fiance Isn't A Fan. What Do You Think?

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Batwench
Community Member
3 months ago

Better than matts.

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#38

I Literally Took My Baby To Go Get Groomed Because His Hair Was Getting Longer And Look I'm Crying

I Literally Took My Baby To Go Get Groomed Because His Hair Was Getting Longer And Look I'm Crying

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troufaki13
Community Member
3 months ago

He looks like a stuffed animal in the first picture!

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#39

Took Him To A New Groomer

Took Him To A New Groomer

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Cupcake168
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

And they gave him a human face?

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#40

I Think The Groomer Gave Me Back The Wrong Dog

I Think The Groomer Gave Me Back The Wrong Dog

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

Where's the floof?

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