It’s my aim to help promote the benefits of having your dog regularly groomed, below are some frequently asked questions which may be of help. If there is anything you don’t see covered here, please do not hesitate to contact me.
What benefit will my dog get from being groomed?
Regular grooming is essential for your dog’s health and well-being. It provides an opportunity to inspect your dog for any skin, coat or health problems. It provides you and your dog time together to relax and form a valuable bond of trust promoting good handler-dog relationship. Regular grooming prevents the fur from becoming matted, tangled and acts as a stimulus for the skin allowing the natural oils to circulate to the coat. It’s recommended you brush and comb your dog all over and down to the skin a minimum of 3 times a week between visits to the groomers.
How often does my dog need to be groomed?
Below are the recommended frequencies:
Every 4 to 6 Weeks: Bearded Collie, Bichon Frise, Kerry Blue, Lhasa Apso, Old English Sheepdog, Poodle, Shih Tzu
Every 6 to 10 Weeks: Airedale Terrier, Cairn Terrier, Schnauzer, Rough Collie, Scottish Terrier, Spaniels, West Highland White Terrier, Wire Fox Terrier, Yorkshire Terrier
Every 3 – 4 Months: Border Collie, Border Terrier, Golden Retriever, German Shepherd, Setters
My dog has a short coat, does it need grooming?
Definitely, all dogs regardless of coat type benefit from being groomed as it stimulates the skin which helps keep the coat shiny and healthy. Even short-coated breeds benefit from a bath and brush to remove dust and dirt.
My dog is nervous/old will that cause a problem?
Some dogs are more nervous than others when being groomed. I only have one dog in the groom room at a time allowing me to give your dog the reassurance, care and attention needed. I use a stand dryer (no cabin dryers) and can alter the power settings reducing the noise it makes. I also use the most up to date equipment such as a bath with a non-slip surface, hydraulic grooming table which can be lowered for your dog to step on and off, especially useful for the elderly or large dog.
As I have an appointment only service I can allow extra time to groom an elderly or nervous dog, so they can have plenty of rest and can sit as much as possible.
What about puppies?
It’s a good idea to bring your puppy to the groom room as soon as possible so they can become accustomed to the grooming environment. During the first session I aim to get your pup used to the sounds of the room including the bath and dryer etc. and just spend time with him/her to build up its confidence in me. It may be helpful to bring some favourite toys so we can spend some time playing while having hugs and cuddles. If your pup is calm and content I can then proceed to bath and dry if this is required. The most important thing on the first session is to gain trust, so your puppy is happy to be groomed in the future. I would suggest having their first groom between the ages of three and five months.
What’s included in a full groom?
• A personal consultation to discuss your dog’s condition and your requirements.
• Thorough and relaxing massage bath/shampoo and conditioner applied if required.
• High velocity dry, fluff dry using a stand dryer (no cages or cabin dryers used) and full brush-out untangling minor knots
• Nails trimmed
• Pads trimmed
• Ears cleaned and plucked (if necessary)
• Clearing sanitary areas. Anal glands inspection only, you will be advised to visit your vet if it’s thought the anal glands require attention.
• Full body coat styled to breed standard, taking into consideration your personal preference and practical needs
• Spray of doggy cologne to finish
• Lots of cuddles and attention at all times
How long does it take?
This depends on the breed and coat condition but as a general guide approximately 2.5 hours each session. Large breeds, nervous, badly matted or scissoring can significantly increase the time it takes. When you arrive at the grooming room we will discuss together and agree the requirements for your dog before starting the session. Then when your dog is all spruced up and smelling good I’ll contact you to collect him/her.
What is hand stripping?
I am no longer hand stripping however for information purposes, hand stripping is only suitable for wire coated breeds e.g. Border Terrier, West Highland Terrier, Irish Terrier etc. and is used in order to maintain the correct coat texture and colour. The aim of hand stripping is to remove the dead topcoat and dead undercoat using the finger and thumb leaving your dog looking tidy but still natural.
Hand stripping will be required when the coat is ‘blown’. A blown coat is long and shaggy, the hair comes out very easily when pulled between your finger and thumb. This method encourages the natural growth of the dog’s fur and maintains the correct texture. The best time to hand strip a coat is when the coat is shedding, usually early Autumn (September) and early Spring (March/April).
If your dog’s coat has been clipped previously it won’t be possible to hand strip as this changes the texture making the fur go fluffy and can also lighten the colour.
The advantage of hand stripping is that it makes the coat weather-proof and protects the dog’s skin in the sun.
The disadvantage is it takes much longer than clipping which is why the cost is higher. The coat does not look quite as neat as a clipped dog at first, but comes into its own 2-3 weeks later as the new coat settles down.
What if my dog has matted or tangled hair?
I can detangle and work with minor knots but for those whose hair is too tangled or matted you will be contacted and advised that a clip-off is necessary and recommended to have a short cut in future to spare your dog any further discomfort.
• Matting can suffocate the skin causing sores, hotspots and infection. If we notice these present it is best to remove as much hair as possible to allow the skin to breath and heal.
• Repeated de-matting could cause skin problems as well as damage the hair, making it more likely to tangle. It may be best to have a shorter style that is easier for you to handle.
• Removing a knotty and matted coat can cause discomfort, pain and skin irritation to your dog, resulting in a difficult and potentially painful and lengthy groom. It also causes excessive wear and tear to the grooming equipment and incurs additional costs to the groom.
What if my dog has fleas?
Please do not make a booking or bring your dog to the groom room if they have fleas as the groom cannot be undertaken. If evidence of a flea infestation is found by the groomer you will be contacted to coIlect your dog immediately and charged the full price of the groom at collection and before re-booking.
Can I stay while my dog is groomed?
It’s best that you don’t stay. You are your dog’s best friend and this can be a distraction if you’re there. An owner staying often results in an over-excited dog that is difficult to work with. Since grooming requires work with scissors & clipper blades (sharp equipment) it’s much safer to leave and return at an agreed time.
Would there be times when it’s not possible for you to groom my dog?
Yes, this would be if your dog is too aggressive or too stressed and anxious, it would not then be beneficial for your dog to continue the groom. If this happens you will be contacted and advise immediately. If I’m unable to continue to groom your dog, you will be required pay for any work completed up to the point I have had to stop.
How much will grooming cost?
Please see our Prices for more information.