No, groomers do not drug your dog and should absolutely not be doing so! Dogs are often sedated when undergoing necessary medical procedures, and these sedatives are prescribed and monitored by a veterinarian. Grooming is a non-medical procedure and should not involve the administration of any drugs to your dog. The primary way that groomers calm a dog during a grooming session is positive reinforcement, such as rewards-based training and verbal praise. Groomers may also provide toys or treats to put your pup at ease, as well as sound therapy, and other calming techniques. Lastly, when necessary, a gentle restraint may be used to ensure the safety of both the dog and the groomer.