FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions 

Do I need an appointment?


Appointments are needed for haircuts or baths.  Toenail trims, nail filing, and ear cleaning can be done anytime but I do recommend calling first.


How long will my dog be there?


I allow 3 hours for the groom. Dogs can also stay longer if needed, even the whole day. They all have access to water and bathroom breaks.


How often should my dog be groomed?


A healthy schedule to maintain your dog is usually 5 to 8 weeks for most dogs. All dogs should be brushed at least weekly. Dogs prone to matting should be brushed and then combed daily or a few times a week. Nails should be checked monthly.


Will frequent bathing dry my dog's skin?


Bathing with premium shampoo can be done weekly without drying out your pet's skin, but most dogs usually only need bathing every 5 to 8 weeks, and many thick coated dogs can even go 3 to 5 months. (That's bathing, not brushing!)

 

Will my double coated dog get too hot in the summer?


 A dog's hair acts as insulation to both keep them warm in the winter and cool in the summer. As long as air can get to your dog's skin he will keep cool. Things that may prevent this air flow is a build-up of undercoat or matting. Double coated breeds have two types of hair, a thick, downy undercoat and a longer, coarser top coat. In the spring/summer much of the undercoat that provided warmth in the winter is released and begins to fall out. This is a great time for regular, thorough, professional grooms.

Removing excess undercoat and dead hairs will ensure your dog can keep cool through the summer. Dogs don't sweat like humans, they regulate their temperature through panting and somewhat though their paw pads. Dogs should be kept inside the home on very hot days or at least in the shade with water available at all times.


Should I shave my double coated dog because he's hot?


You can have your dog shaved, but just know that it isn't recommended to shave double coated breeds. Shaving such a dog can cause the coat to grow back with a different texture, color, and sometimes not at all on some areas (especially the more it's shaved). Their coat insulates them, and keeps them warm in winter and cool in summer, and shaving disrupts this natural barrier. Shaving can also lead to sunburn.  What will make your dog cooler and shed less is regular removal of dead hair and undercoat by bathing and brushing. Having said that, I have met a lot of owners who swear their dog is cooler and likes it better to be short, and therefore I defer to the owner and do what works best for them and their dog.


Will shaving my dog reduce shedding?


Shaving a dog that sheds a lot may reduce the hair- at first. But really it is just making the shedding less noticeable (the hairs lost are much shorter), and may be altering hair quality. It may also interfere with the dog's natural shedding cycle and may actually increase shedding. If your dog seems to be shedding excessively even with regular bathing and brushing then you may want to try switching their food (grain-free is recommended by many) or introducing a skin and coat supplement. 


Should puppies be groomed even if they aren't dirty or overgrown?


Yes! Puppies should be introduced to professional grooming after they have completed their first vaccine series and are up to date on vaccines. Puppies go through a critical learning period until they are about 12  weeks  old. During this time they are most receptive to new experiences. This is a perfect time to let them be professionally groomed, and also familiarized with home grooming. Grooming sessions should be short, fun, and frequent. 



What grooming tools (brushes, etc) are best to use on my dog at home?


Breed, individual coat type and coat length are all factors to consider. I sell professional quality grooming tools that I use myself, and I prefer to personally consult with you about my recommendations and proper techniques to use when grooming your specific pet.