The Pet Retreat in Bowdon

The Pet Retreat grooming salon in Bowdon is nestled in the heart of Bowdon Vale, just off Vicarage Road. Offering a range of packages that will bring a cheer to both dog and owner alike, we’re the number one choice for dog grooming in Altrincham.

We’re owned by a veterinary surgeon and part of the Knutsford Veterinary Surgery group, based just a stone’s throw away in Knutsford where we have another salon. Clients of our veterinary surgery qualify for a 15% discount off The Pet Retreat’s grooming packages.

Premier dog grooming in Altrincham

We like to do things properly here at The Pet Retreat, that’s why we’ve created a bespoke grooming environment, built to the highest standards with your pet’s enjoyment and safety in mind. We only employ the most qualified grooming stylists who are trained to City & Guilds Level 3 and above. We invest in the best equipment and only use natural grooming products and are proud stockists of Wildwash Natural Shampoos.

A dog grooming experience like no other


Here at The Pet Retreat we believe that every dog, cat or rabbit’s grooming requires an individual approach. Our process factors in your pet’s coat type and personality as well as your own personal tastes to deliver a style that you’re happy with. We can deliver breed standard cuts ready for your next dog show or a convenient trim that will keep your dog looking clean in the mud. Our local dog groomers use their extensive experience to deliver a high class grooming solution.

We’d love to show you around our bespoke dog groomers in Altrincham if you’d like to drop by. Stylists Laura and Jade, are on hand to answer any questions you may have. You can read more about our staff and their passions here.

The Knutsford Cut

From £42/

Give your dog a trim...

Timperley Tiddler


Luxury grooming for young pups...

Bowdon Bath

from £33/

Perfect for mucky pups!

The Hale Handstrip

from £57/

Shaggy to sleek in no time...

Dunham Massey Makeover

from £52/

The ultimate grooming experience

The Knutsford Cut


Keep your dog looking their best with a visit to the Pet Retreat Grooming Salon.

Our Knutsford Cut is a full grooming session; bathing in a Wildwash natural shampoo tailored to their coat type, fluff dry and brush out. Your pup will then be styled to a Breed Standard or Personality Cut to meet the requirements of your lifestyle. We also include nail trimming, ear cleaning and finish with a beautiful hand-selected fragrance.

Timperley Tiddler


Speak to any trainer and they will tell you that the earlier a puppy is exposed to a new experience in a positive manner, the better they respond. The Timperley Tiddler is designed for pups under 4 months old and gives them (and you) an introduction to grooming. We start with a mild puppy shampoo, soft on the skin, followed by a gentle brush off and then a fluff dry. Included is a hygiene clip and a trim of the feet, face, and nails. We make the Timperley Tiddler experience fun and relaxed, giving your pup plenty of love and 100% attention. The session is finished with a spritz of delicate cologne and a cuddle.

Bowdon Bath


With all those lovely walks round Bowdon, the lazy afternoons in the park or rolling in the mud by the Bollin, the Bowdon Bath is the perfect cure for those mucky pups.

Your dog will receive a bath in Wildwash natural shampoo tailored to their coat type, followed by a fluff dry and gentle brush out. The Bowdon Bath includes a hygiene clip, feet and nail trim and ear cleaning. You will be delighted with fantastic they look and beautiful they smell.

The Hale Handstrip


Wire-haired breeds will often require a technique called hand stripping to remove the dead, outer coat. This will allow a new harsh wire coat to grow back. Hand stripping maintains the colour and texture of the coat compared to clipping which dulls the colour and softens the hair. The hair is removed by hand or using a stripping knife. Before each hand strip, we bath your pup in shampoo tailored to the coat type and then fluff dry. We finish with a nail trim, ear cleaning and full body styling.

Dunham Massey Makeover


At the Pet Retreat we believe your pooch should be pampered from nose to tail.

The Dunham Massey Makeover is a Knutsford Cut above the rest and includes two spa treatments of your choice. The dog will then be styled to a Breed Standard or Personality Cut by our Professional Stylist, including nail trim, ear clean and finished with a beautiful selected fragrance.

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Aromatherapy Bath & Massage

The ultimate luxurious spa treatment. Choose from lavender, joba joba or coconut essential oil shampoos to cleanse & condition the coat & skin. Pets will relax during their 10 minute body massage leaving them feeling fresh & smelling fantastic.

Mineral Mud Bath & Massage

Our Dead Sea Mud Bath restores the coat's natural beauty whilst a 10-minute full body massage leaves your pup completely de-stressed. The essential oils & minerals help prevent broken hairs & eliminate impurities & toxins, giving an overall deep cleansing experience.

Fryer's Facial

A facial cleanser made using natural ingredients that soothe & balance the skin, with a refreshing blend of oatmeal and blueberries. Removes dirt & helps reduce tear staining. It is gentle enough to be used around the eyes & leaves your pup's face feeling truly cleansed.

De-shed Treatment

A specially formulated shampoo to help to loosen hair and undercoat whilst it cleans and conditions. With frequent use this treatment can help reduce shedding.

Pet Retreat Pawdicure

Using 100% natural ingredients (safe enough to lick!) sweet almond oil, frankincense and kanuka help to reduce inflammation, heal and moisturise your pup's pads.

Coat Conditioning Treatment

White ginger, botantical moisturisers & warm vanilla help repair dry, damaged hair whilst emollients strengthen the coat and leave the hair revitalised.

Deep Ear Cleanse

This treatment uses veterinary approved products designed to help lift out dirt and wax from the ear. They are safe enough for sensitive skin and great for dogs that have very mucky ears or are prone to infections. A great add on for regular grooming.

Flea Bath

A specially formulated natural anti-flea and tick shampoo, powerful insect repellent that contains no aggressive chemicals and is gentle enough to be used on puppies over 12 weeks. Can be used regularly alongside flea prevention treatment.

Teeth Cleaning & Fresh Breath

A 3 step teeth cleaning and breath treatment. Toothpaste and a naturally blended gel are gently applied to the teeth to kill the germs that cause bad breath, plaque & gingivitis, followed by a spritz of fresh breath spray.


The Pet Retreat, 21 Hall Road
Bowdon, Altrincham, WA14 3AY

0161 883 1188

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