"Clipping, scissoring and hand stripping"
I offer a one to one treatment for your dog and tailor their grooming session to meet their individual needs. Dogs like humans are all different and I feel it is important to treat each dog according to their needs. I offer a full grooming service for most breeds
“Marley enjoying his first puppy session”
Puppies sessions. Puppies are just babies and they don’t understand that they need to keep still or that what is happening to them is not going to hurt...they need to learn and they do so by being slowly and calmly introduced to grooming. I Would recommend breeds that need regular clipping/trimming to come in to the salon from an early age, anytime from 3 months for a ‘puppy session’ I usually like to have a puppy in for a at least one ‘puppy session’ before their full groom session where I will simply get them used to their surroundings, clip their nails, clean their ears and tidy up around their eyes and bottom, this is all done with plenty of praise and cuddles as well as rests in between each process. There is no point in throwing a puppy in a the deep end and expecting it to cope well, they need to be treat softly softly and that way they gain trust and will learn that the grooming salon is not a bad experience.
“Josie enjoying her pampering session”
Veteran dogs may suffer from arthritis or could be losing their sight or hearing so it is just as important to take their grooming session slowly, they need to be comfortable during their groom and their needs taken into consideration. Some older dogs cannot stand for long periods so regular rests are important and I may use a belly strap to take the weight off their back legs making the process more comfortable for them and easier for me rather than having to clip/trim with one hand and lift their weight with the other.
I treat every dog that comes in to me how I would like my own dog to be treated if it were to go to a salon. This is not to say that all dogs love being groomed, there are dogs that simply don’t, my Josie is a prime example, whilst she loves the bath and being brushed and dried...she hates her nails being done! Unfortunately for her, her nails have to be clipped! So for her, I do her nails first to get them over and done with then she can relax into the rest of the groom.
A typical full groom includes clipping nails, cleaning ears, shampooing and conditioning (with appropriate products for your dogs coat) blow dried and thoroughly groomed out, then clipped, trimmed or scissored to finish. This typically takes 60-90 minutes on a regularly groomed dog. If your dog has got badly matted (and it happens so please don’t be embarrassed!) please let me know when booking in so I can allow extra time to complete the groom. Initially I will not charge more for a badly matted dog but if it happens again and again I may charge accordingly, however, Id far rather take the time to show you where you may be going wrong, than to punish you if you genuinely are trying but not succeeding to keep your dogs coat in good condition.
Once your dogs session is complete I invite all my customers dogs to come and have a 5 min play with me in my fully secured walled garden, the idea being that they will learn to associate their groom with fun and it also gives me an opportunity to enjoy playing with them before they go home!
"My lovely Josie!"
"William from Chard posing after his session!"
"Our secret garden for the dogs to enjoy"