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Grooming Services

Our Dog Grooming Services

Getting ready for a big day out?
Looking to impress that new friend from down the road at no.7?

Dapper Dogs can get your dog looking good, and smelling fresh!!

We aim to make every dogs visit to our salon as comfortable and enjoyable as possible, whether it is just a simple Bath and Blow-dry, or a Full Groom. We only use positive reward based approaches to the grooming of your animals. Kindness and respect is always at the fore.

If you have a nervous dog, we will work with you and your dog to build up a positive association and relationship with us and the grooming salon. This can take time and may require frequent trips to us before you see progress. We will always give you honest feedback about your dog and their behaviour/experience whilst with us. We believe this is very important as it allows us to work together to help make the experience a positive one.

If your dog is nervous of the table or elderly, we will happily groom your dog on the floor to ease as much anxiety as possible. Elderly dogs are often happier being groomed at ground level as they feel safer.

Some dogs love grooming, others will tolerate and some are not so keen. For all breeds a level of grooming is required and for the majority a professional and regular service is a necessity. Regular grooming at home between grooms will strengthen the bond between you and your dog as well as help introduce brushing/combing etc as a normal and positive experience. We will gladly help give you advice and guidance on the correct methods and tools.

We do not believe in stressing a dog, and will give your dog a break if needed, before starting again. Your dog will have access to water at all times and be toileted as required. We will work at your dogs own pace and be guided by them, this all helps to build trust and positive memories and associations. We will not keep your dog any longer than it takes to groom them. We will contact you by your preferred method when your dog is ready for collection. We ask that you do not return to the salon without having first received this phone call as dogs will become unsettled as they will be excited to show off their new haircut and this can make completing the grooming process very difficult.

De-matting

When arriving at Dapper Dogs your dog will be assessed and we will discuss with you your style requirements and the lifestyle of your pet.

Based on this we will then work with you to decide on a suitable groom for your pooch.

Many factors must be taken in to consideration

Does your dog go in the sea?

Do they like to roll in mud and other nasty things?

Are they primarily indoors?

Do you groom them at home regularly? (for some coat types require daily brushing)

Is the dog in discomfort or restricted by matting?

Is the coat, tangled? knotted? Matted or pelted?

  • Tangles take days to form, and minutes to remove with a comb and brush
  • Knots take weeks to form and take hours to remove with expertise by trimming or clipping out
  • Matted coats take months to form and take hours to remove and cannot be removed painlessly unless clipped off if there is enough Matt free hair behind the knot to do so.
  • Pelted sheep like felt coats takes 6months to form and can take hours to be removed painlessly by clipping off slowly in one whole body sized pelt, and in some cases require anesthesia at a Veterinary Surgery to ensure the animals welfare if it is too distressed.

Groomers and owners alike are required by law to abide by the Animal Welfare Act 2006 One of the key points relating to grooming is that the animal must be "protected from pain, suffering, injury and disease".

To brush or comb out all knots would cause extreme distress and pain to the dog and therefor is something we are not allowed to do by law and would not do by principle.

Here at Dapper Dogs we act with the primary interest of the dog's wellbeing. We pride ourselves on this and hope that it reassures our many happy clients and potential new clients that we care a great deal for your pets. We will not clip off your dog as an "easy" option, we will always try and remain true to your desired style and seek verbal agreement if the grooming style needs to be adapted further due to behaviour, health or coat condition during the groom.

Expression of anal glands & Teeth cleaning

Following guidelines set out by the Pet Industry Federation we will no longer be undertaking the process of expressing anal glands or teeth scaling.

Although all our groomers have been professionally trained at registered establishments in all aspects of grooming including anal gland expression; new guidelines advise that external expression should only be carried out if the groomer has had the process demonstrated to them by a veterinary surgeon. The only exception to this would be with written request by the dog's veterinary surgeon.

Teeth scaling is legally a veterinary procedure and groomers are advised "Anaesthesia-free dental procedures are not in the best interests of the health and welfare of patients. Effective dental procedures need to be carried out under anaesthetic, by a veterinary surgeon."

Guidelines also dictate that ear plucking should not be carried out if there appears to be an underlying problem in the ear, which the groomer will make the owner aware of and advise veterinary attention. We believe that ear plucking is an important part of the grooming process for some breeds and will continue to offer this service to suitable clients unless we are requested not to by the owner. Thank you for your understanding, as always we are dedicated to the health and welfare of your pets.

You can now have your pet collected, groomed and dropped back to you!CONTACT US