Welcome & Socialise
After the consultation where we get your and your dogs details, we will bring your puppy in to our salon and spend some time making sure the puppy gets to know us. We play with them on the floor and let them say hello to our ‘Shop Dogs’ and any of the other dogs around (the friendly ones).
With warm water from a power shower, we first rinse the dog down. Then using one of our puppy sensitive shampoos. We massage this into the dogs coat, making sure to get down to the roots of the hair and the skin. During this section we also check for any parasites, injuries, conditions etc.
There are no cabin / cage dryers used here. Our main tool is our High Velocity dryers, (HV Dryers). Like a super powered hair dryer we are in control of them at all times and with wind speeds upwards of 90mph they ‘blast’ the water from the body leaving your dog bone dry. If your dog is not so happy with high power we can turn them right down and remove the nozzle to create just a warm air breeze and extending the drying time. Along with these we do use towels.
Fluff Dryer (situational)
While all dogs need to be dried, dogs with a more fluffy coat make use of our fluff dryers. Blowing a nice steady stream of warm air from a stand allowing us to brush ‘fluff’ the coat to get the most full effect.
Brushing out a dog’s coat helps the coat into its natural position and separates any knots, which could lead to matting. It can make your dog luck fluffy and help pull out any of the dead hairs.
…can only be done for 15mins. Any longer than that is classed as animal cruelty. If it takes longer than that to remove all the matts then we would have to resort to clipping them out. This is done behind the matt close to the skin so will leave a patch of very short hair. In these cases we recommend taking the whole dog short so the coat can all grow together at the same length and there is no ‘craters’. This will be discussed with you on a case by case basis, as some may be able to be styled out depending on their location.
Face, Feet, Hygiene Trim
We will only trim the feet, and between their paw pads, the face so they can see, and the hygiene area (the unmentionable areas). These areas all get cut short usually anyway. This is for comfort and safety for the dogs.
(eg: Labradors, Staffys, Dobermans etc)..
These breeds are given a Deshed.
Desheding, is were we brush them with various tools to get the loose dead hair out of their coat. For dogs like this, this will be the same as when the dog is older. The Puppy Intro is not just about the groom but about the experience and socialising.
Included in all our grooms we check your dogs nails and clip them as short as we can to promote healthy nails.
Puppy nails are really thin, so be warned you are still likely to be scratched by them. We will really try to make them as smooth and rounded as we can to help.
For more information on nail clipping please check our dedicated page.
Included in all our grooms we check your dogs ears and then clean them with an alcohol based ear cleaner. This will help loosen the wax and remove dirt and grime while evaporating so not to keep the ear moist which can promote bacteria and infection!
If your dogs ears are particularly bad they may need a few ear cleaning sessions maybe between grooms. We will discuss this with you if this is the case.
Spritz of Dog Pawfume / Cologne
At the end of the groom we will spray a delicious scented dog Pawfume or Cologne*. The scent we pick is at random, if you have a preference please let us know at drop off, or we can showcase them to you so you can pick. They are all gorgeous smelling and we are sure you will be happy with any.
The scent can last upto 5 days, but obviously there are outside factors that may alter this… if your dog leaves the salon and immediately rolls in fox poop, no amount of pawfume will get past that.. maybe you walk them in the rain and it is washed off? Maybe they just roll around on the floor and rub it off. For all these reasons and more we don’t guarantee how long the scent will last.
Check out our Shop if you would be interested in purchasing some Pawfume to keep your dog smelling FRESH between grooms!
We also sell a Puppy Pack so you can keep on top of your dogs grooming at home between visits.
We book out 1.5 hours per dog. Please be on time for your appointments as we are on a tight schedule.
Please understand that each dog is different and one dog might take 45 mins, and another might take 3 hours. This might be your dog, it might be the dog before your dog. This is why our times for collection are never definite, but we will call/text when your dog is ready to be picked up.
Things that might alter the length of a groom may include the condition of the dog when brought in, the dogs behaviour. Other dogs may take longer than expected or may need the assistance of other groomers which can slow things down. Dogs toilet accidents, which need to be cleaned up immediately (and you wont believe how often this happens).
We hope you can understand the unpredictability that comes along with anything to do with animals.
Pow, easy one £27.50
The price is nice and low despite puppys being extra hard work usually, because we really want your dog to start getting used to being groomed. We want to make sure that their coat is looked after and their first adult cut is not just a shave down because they come in untidy and a mess! We like to make sure people get these puppy intros to help their dogs life of grooming.
Please check our Prices Page Here for more information and estimates for when your puppy is all grown up.
You can also pop in and book. We are not against walk in appointments, but we are usually too booked up to accept them.