10 Reasons for Grooming Your Dog Regularly

1) Dogs cool off by panting and by air circulating around and through their pads. Long hair impairs that ability.

2) Crust in corner of the eyes causes sores can lead to your pet’s discomfort. These sores can only be seen after removing the thick crust upon grooming.

3) Long and overgrown nails force your dog to walk on the sides of their pads. In the long run, this contributes to arthritis in the legs and hips

4) Matted hair pulls and causes pain for your pet, and creates a breeding environment for fleas, ticks and their nests.

5) Anal glands are the most neglected part of your dog’s body. As they fill up, some can burst causing very expensive surgery and unnecessary pain. A thorough groom includes expressing these glands.

6) Your dog’s ears have hair deep within the inner canals that need to be removed every 4 to 6 weeks; otherwise you risk inflammations and potential ear infections.

7) Hair in anal areas as well as the ears serves as hosting areas for nests, resulting in fleas dwelling in the inner canals of the ears and into the anal canal.

9) Some breeds have under-coats that build from shedding within. The outer and inner coat become thickly packed and form thick mats that are extremely difficult to remove, and may result in a much shorter cut than desired.

10) Bathing your dog without first brushing creates small, tight knots referred to as pin knots. These types of knots make your pet’s grooming experience a painful and unpleasant one. Removing these knots may also result in a much shorter cut than you may have desired.

 

Our Services

A full range of services are available, from a complete groom, a simple bath and blow dry,
or a between groom "clean and tidy". All breeds are welcome as well as crossbreeds.

Full Groom to breed standard or as requested:

Full Groom: Bathed twice with a gentle cleansing shampoo. Excess water is then removed from the coat using a high velocity stream of air designed to blast the top coat, undercoat and skin, removing dead hair and any pests. This is followed by a blow dry by hand - the dog is not left in a cage to dry. When drying is complete, the dog is brushed out and groomed to breed standards or as requested. Nails are checked and trimmed if necessary and ears are cleaned. The final touch is spritz of doggy cologne/perfume.

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Bath and Tidy:

Bathed, blasted, dried and brushed out as with the full groom. "Privates" are attended to, nails and ears are checked and clipped or cleaned if necessary, finishing with cologne.

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Bath Only:

Tired of trying to get your pooch into the bath, whilst at the same time avoiding muddy paw prints on the floors and carpets, even the walls? OK, so you've managed the bath with relatively minimal damage to the decor, then comes the inevitable after bath shake, covering the bathroom in an invigorating burst of water. You end up soaking wet, your bath is a mess and you now have a load of towels to be laundered. Or are you getting ready for a party, a visit from the friends or the in-laws, or any other occasion, and you are too busy doing the shopping, cleaning, preparing etc. The bath only is the perfect answer!! Let me do the work for you! Also the "between full groom visit" reduces mats and tangles and helps maintain a healthy coat and skin. Your dog is bathed, blasted, dried and brushed out as with the full groom and spritzed with cologne.

 

Prices:

My intent is to keep prices simple and are based on the size of dog, from your XS up to your XLs.  No exhaustive list of breeds here.  Add an additional £5 to the prices below for long haired breeds (Old English Sheepdog, Rough Collie etc) to cover the extra brushing out time.

 
Full Groom
Bath & Tidy
Bath Only 
XS
£20
£15
£10
S
£25
£15
£10
M
£30
£20
£15
L
£35
£25
£20
XL
£40
£30
£25

XS:  Chihuahua, teacup sized dogs

S:  Yorkshire Terrier, Lhasa Aspo, Bichon etc.

M:  Cocker Spaniel, Springer Spaniel, Airedale etc.

L:  Golden Retriever, German Shepherd etc.

*flat coated breeds that are not specifically styled (Bulldogs, Boxers, Labradors etc) can enjoy the Bath & Tidy or the bath only (priced according to size).

*crossbreeds can be groomed to the closest breed or if flat coated, they too can enjoy the Bath & Tidy or the bath only (priced according to size).

*an extra £15 per hour for severely matted coats.

*FURminator treatment in addition to bath is an additional £5.

De-matting/Shaving Policy:  De-matting a severely matted coat causes undue pain, discomfort, and extreme stress to the dog.  When a dog is presented with a severely matted coat, it is my policy to "shave" the whole coat using electric clippers with a close blade, trying to leave the hair as long as possible.  It's the humane thing to do.  Once the coat is removed, pre-existing skin conditions that have gone unnoticed as well as red patches where the hair has been pulling or where the dog has been gnawing are often exposed.  If open sores or infections are present, veterinary treatment may be needed.  Shaving the coat is quicker and more gentle on the animal and he or she will finally feel liberated.