GROOMING TIPS, TRICKS, AND INFORMATION
Nail Trimmings are an important routine for your dog to have. Long nails can affect the way they walk and long enough nails can grow into their pads, Ouch!
Our regular grooming clients see us every 6-8 weeks and our full grooming appointments include a nail trimming. Every nail trim we trim as close to the quick possible. Having them done every 6-8 week is a good schedule to stick with but depending on your dog (diet, age, exercise) they may need to be done more often, 2-4 weeks.
Walking your dog on paved areas can be a very effective way to wear them down!
Most dogs do not love having their nails trimmed, its important to start making it a familiar and comfortable process at an early age. Playing with their paws, gentle massaging with positive reinforcement at home is key. Their first nail trim can be done as early as 3 to 4 weeks.
This is a good age to meet the groomer as well for a quick visit to become familiar with their fur-dresser!
If a dog is particularly stressed with the nail trimming process with us (biting, thrashing etc.) we may ask you to see the vet for your nail trim or other options to help. Keeping in mind your dogs safety/stress levels and our groomers health and safety.
We love to see you often! Prebooking your dogs nail trims is the best way to stay on top of keeping them short!
Ear Plucking "Don't Fix What's Not Broken"
This is a commonly disscussed subject with our clients. As groomers we are taught to pull any and all hair out of the ear canal of "groomable" dogs (Shih Tzu's, Lhasa Apo's, Poodles, and so on including all the mixes in between). As we continue and learn more in our grooming careers we are learning that each dog can have their own ear cleaning routine depending on their ear health and conditions. If there is a small amount of hair in a dogs ear but there doesn't appear to be any concern, leaving the hair alone with a simple cotton ball and ear cleaning solution is probably all it needs. There is tender tissues in the ear canal and by pulling on the hair it can cause an opening to bacteria.
However this isn't to say that no dog needs ear plucking, sometimes it is recommended by your Vetrinarian to have this done regular with your grooming appointments. Please consult your Regular Vetrinarian if there is any concern with your pets ear health. Our ear cleaning and plucking is included in full grooming prices if your pet does need this to be done.
Ladies and Gents Room
Before your pups appointment time starts, use the few extra minutes to take them to a green space in the plaza for a bathroom break. This helps them feel less stressed/rushed by getting a few smells in and not holding a possible "movement" ( especially for our special seniors <3 ).