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The health and safety of your pooch is paramount. I will always remember that any dog entrusted in my care is a treasured loved one and deserves only the best of care and pampering. Therefore:

 

  • Owner consultations to discuss a dog’s health and groom requirements will be carried out at every appointment
  • All dogs must be fully vaccinated to protect the safety of other dogs and themselves.
  • -An up to date health record card for every pampered dog will be held securely on file (whilst observing data protection legalities) detailing any medical, skin and behavioural issues to maintain dog and groomer safety.
  • Grooming provides an opportunity to look closely at the skin and body. Should anything be spotted, no matter how small, it will be recorded, and the owner informed.
  • Whilst common sense should always prevail when it comes to caring for animals, Government legislation such as the Animal Welfare Act 2006 exists to protect the wellbeing our dogs. It imposes greater responsibility on carers to ensure that the ‘5 needs of animals’ are maintained. See the act for yourself at https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2006/45/contents

There is a misconception that clipping can help a dog feel cooler in hot weather. Factually, it is quite the opposite. Dogs cannot sweat in the same way humans can and only do so from their pads and nasal cavities. Panting is a natural response to heat. However, Summertime is certainly an opportunity to showcase our wonderful pooches with a stylish haircut!


Smooth Coats
Examples are Doberman, Weimaraner, Rhodesian, Ridgeback. 
These dogs have very short hairs which lie close to the body. Although minimum grooming is needed, its still important to brush it to maintain a glossy and smooth finish. It is not essential to clip these coats.


Double coats
Examples are Golden Retriever, German Shepherd, Pomeranian, Chow, Husky, Old English Sheepdog.
 It is extremely important to regularly groom/brush double coats and protect the delicate skin.  A thick undercoat grows beneath a longer top coat (the guard hairs). This undercoat sheds and requires constant brushing and removal to aid a healthy cyclic process of new growth. Double coats should not be clipped / shaved unless it’s medically essential. Clipping does not help a dog feel cooler in the summer. Natural shedding of the undercoat leaves the guard hairs to protect the delicate skin from UV rays, bumps and scrapes and enables cool air to circulate near the skin. Clipping double coats is a no no because it can interfere with natural growth causing baldness (alopecia), coat thinning / thickening and unhealthy coat quality.


Silky Coats
Examples are Cocker Spaniel, Afghan Hound, Yorkshire Terrier.
Very similar to human hair, silky coats can tangle very easily. A lovely soft texture and appearance, these dogs look amazing when groomed and can be clipped no problem.


Wool Coats
Examples are Bichon Frise and Poodles.
Regular grooming / trimming and maintenance is essential. A fluffy coat that resembles cotton wool is ideally suited to clipping / scissoring.


Wire Coats
Examples are Fox Terrier, Border Terrier, mini Schnauzer.
A very distinctive wirey texture with a soft undercoat and rough top coat. Generally these coats should be hand stripped, however they can also be clipped for easy maintenance.


Combination Coats
Examples include Cockapoo, Labradoodle, Cavapoo.
Mixed breeds can take on a combination of coat types. Individual assessment and client consultation to discuss your dog’s coat type is essential.

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