These hairy hounds prove that humans weren't the only ones rushing to the barbers - as the pampered pooches were also treated to long-overdue haircuts.

Border terrier Joey, goldendoodle Poppy, cockapoo Lola and poochon Fern were among the first four-legged friends to return to Bone Idol in Brighton.

The long-haired dog breeds, including poodles, labradoodles, spaniels, and a Pomeranian, would usually have a haircut at least every six weeks.

But with dog groomers having been closed during the winter lockdown, the dogs were in dire need of a serious trim when groomers finally reopened their doors on Monday.

Their owners finally took them for a chop this week, and the transformations have been dramatic.

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Lola the Cockapoo
Lola once her locks had been shorn, after lockdown eased on Monday in England

Among the first pooches back through the doors were some of the regular customers at Bone Idol groomers in Brighton, East Sussex.

Happy customers such as Joey the border terrier and Nellie the Welsh terrier had serious snips, leaving behind a mountain of fur that was about half the height of the pooches themselves.

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And others, like Lola the cockerpoo, were finally able to see straight again - after having their furry fringes cut back from where they had grown over their eyes.

Bone Idol owner Scott Learmouth, said: "Our customers and their dogs love coming to the salon, and we love to see them, so the lockdown once again has been really hard for everyone.

Leo the Pomeranian
Leo the Pomeranian had become quite the puffball during the pandemic
Leo the Pomeranian
Now he's sporting such sleeker look after trip to the barbers

"On the first day of opening, and for the foreseeable future we have a packed schedule, and it is really satisfying to see the transformations from drab to fabulous once more."

The Bone Idol business also extends to the Bone Idol Academy, which trains would-be dog groomers.

Poppy the goldendoodle
Poppy the goldendoodle before a haircut
Poppy the goldendoodle
And almost unrecognisable afterwards

And Scott said that that part of the business has seen a giant surge in applications since the start of the pandemic.

He added: "While we have of course been subject to restrictions like most retail businesses, dog grooming is a flexible occupation.

Joey the border terrier
Joey the border terrier sporting a shaggy look, built up over the last few months
Joey the border terrier
The pile of hair he shed is almost as big as him

"It's also really fun and creative, and people who have been stuck in lockdown home working in jobs they don't like are coming to dog grooming and starting their dream career.

"The pandemic has been a real time for reflection for many people."

To find out more go to www.boneidol.co.uk.