Backed by more than 25 years of experience with dogs, and more than 10 years of professional grooming, I am proud to provide first-rate pet bathing and grooming services. Based in Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, I offer tailored treatments based on your dog’s requirements.
As a mobile groomer, I’ll be working within your home. That means I’m able to work under your guidance, ensuring you’re pleased with the result and your dog’s new appearance. Just like humans, all dogs are unique. It’s your pet, so – within reason – I will work to make them look the way you want! Whether it’s a full groom, a tidy-up, or a bath and tidy-up, I would be pleased to lend my assistance. I’ve even groomed and prepared dogs for weddings!
I would be happy to bath your dog after grooming, if required. Some of my clients prefer to do this themselves, although it is offered as part of my service.
Grooming is a vital part of the well-being and healthiness of your dog. It can even improve their lifespan. All breeds require daily grooming. How much depends on the breed, age, and health of your pet. Regular grooming helps to ensure your dog is healthy and comfortable. It’s important to note that, while many dogs shed, others (such as poodles) do not shed as profusely. This means they require professional grooming at least every 6-8 weeks.
With skill and precision, I’ll use cutting tools to remove or shorten hair on certain types of coat, or in sensitive areas. Not all coats are suitable for clipping. For example, double coats on breeds such as border collies keep the dog cool in summer and warm in winter. They should not be clipped unless the hair is matted.
The coats of many breeds require trimming, cutting, and other attention. Styles vary by breed and discipline. While some hair removal has its origins in practical purposes, much is based on the taste of the owner, whether the dog will be shown, and what work the dog does. Clipping is the most common form of dog grooming.
Stripping, or hand-stripping, is the process of pulling the dead hair out of the coat of a non-shedding dog, either by using a stripping knife or the fingers. A hard, wiry coat has a cycle where it starts growing and then sheds as it reaches maximum length. Hand-stripping coordinates the shedding and makes room for a new coat to grow. Stripping is the proper grooming method for most terriers, Spaniels, and many other breeds.
Nail trimming is essential for maintaining the good health of your dog. If a dog's nails are allowed to grow, they will curl over into a spiral shape; walking will become increasingly painful to the dog as they grow, putting pressure on the dog’s toes (a bit like walking in shoes that are too small). Uncut nails may curl so far that they pierce the paw pad, leading to infection and debilitating pain.
Dental care may be most important while grooming. Just like humans, a clean mouth can impact a dog’s health greatly as it ages. This is, however, quite a difficult task given that dogs hardly allow their teeth to be brushed. I am happy to brush your dog’s teeth if required.
My vet has verified that I am competent to under take the clearing of external anal glands if required.
Dogs should have their ears inspected on a weekly basis as part of their health care routine. Regular inspection is a great way to stay familiar with the condition of your dog’s ears, and to identify any mites or infections early on. For most dogs, cleaning is only necessary occasionally, but dogs with floppy ears, skin allergies, or dogs that swim will need more regular ear cleaning.
Puppies should be introduced to grooming from a very early age to get them used to the experience. I do a “mini” groom for puppies from 8 weeks old, which is designed to get them used to the experience.