In 2010 I decided to change my career so trained to become a dog groomer and set up own successful business.
Small to medium size breeds only
I only have one dog in at a time unless two from the same household. This allows me to give individual attention to each dog.
*Bathing not included*
My services include:
Brushing Professional Grooming
Require Brushing DAILY
Poodles EVERY 6-8 weeks
Require Brushing 3-4 times a week EVERY 8-12 weeks
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
West Highland White Terrier (if clipped)
Norwich Terrier (if clipped)
Norfolk Terrier (if clipped)
Scottish Terrier (if clipped)
Cairn Terrier (if clipped)
HANDSTRIPPING professional grooming appointments 2-5 months
DESHEDDING - Every 4-6 weeks
Smooth haired breeds such as Chihuahua, Jack Russell etc
Regular brushing and combing helps keep your dog’s coat and skin healthy and looking good to achieve full benefits. You will need to brush all the hair and not just the top coat. Brushing will usually loosen and remove dead hair and stimulates your dog’s skin. Always make sure your dog is secure if on a table with the appropriate grooming aid ie: Happy Strap or comfortable on the floor. Regular brushing can relax the dog and can become a special time to share between owner and pet. A coat free of mats, tangles and dead hair makes the pet feel good.
Why should you brush your dog?
For any dog, brushing is a necessary part of a healthy grooming routine: it will remove dead hair and skin cells, distribute oils from your dog’s skin, and can also help remove the animal’s seasonal coat. Regular brushing will help to maintain a knot free coat and prevent mats.
What age should you start to brush your dog?
A puppy can be introduced to brushing from as early age as possible and should be brushed daily, but each session must be a short and pleasant experience. Positively introducing grooming allows the pup to build a nice association with brushes and more. Let the puppy sit or lie down on his/her side while you brush gently. Brush the hair in the opposite direction of hair growth at first, and then follow by brushing it in the direction of hair growth. Continuously praise your puppy whilst you brush.
How often should you brush your dog?
As often as you can, every couple of days is ideal whatever the length of the coat. Every day maintenance brushing followed by combing is necessary, depending on the coat and the tolerance of the dog. Dogs with long hair that can mat and tangle are best brushed daily.
Is a brushing routine the same for all dogs?
Depending on the length of the coat but here are a few - There are too many breeds to mention
Shorter-haired dogs: ie Boxers, Labs, Greyhounds, and Weimaraners, don’t need to be brushed as frequently since their hair cannot tangle or mat. Brush their coat at least a couple of times a month - with the appropriate brush, not a slicker brush
Curly coated dogs - Bichon Frise, Bedlington, Doodles, Poodles, Water spaniels and more - 3 times per week minimum
Double coat: Akita, Alaskan Malamute, Bernese Mountain, Chow Chow, Collie, German Shepherd, Husky, Leonberger, Old English Sheepdog, Pomeranian, Saint Bernard, Spitz and more - 2 - 3 times per week
Line brushing is a grooming technique can be used on all dogs apart from short haired single coat. Line brushing is different than just running a dog brush on the top of your dog's coat which does nothing for the undercoat.
It is a time consuming gentle way of untangling their fur whilst brushing out loose hairs from their undercoats. To line brush, start at the lowest point of the dog ie leg or thigh and work upwards and forwards lifting a portion of the hair to expose the part to brush. Brush the fur underneath the portion you're holding up, and brush the fur in the direction of growth.
Is it better to brush a dog wet or dry?
It is recommended to brush your dog when the coat is dry. Wet hair can make mats worse and more difficult to remove.
Do dogs like being brushed?
Most dogs enjoy being gently brushing. Regular brushing your dog will help to strengthen your bond but the most important part of brushing will help to maintain a healthy and clean coat. A dog's brushing needs will depend on the length or hair type.
Can brushes hurt dogs?
No, unless you dig the brush too deep into the dog's skin, or continually brush the same area too many times. In cases of over brushing brush burn can appear but this is in an extreme case and rare. Signs of brush burn include irritated, reddened skin, always contact a vet if in doubt.
What is a slicker dog brush?
Slicker brushes have fine, short wires close together on a flat surface. They are used on medium-to-long-haired or curly-haired dogs to remove mats. Choose the right brush with the correct tension from the website. Slicker brushes are an essential tool to help remove knots, tangles, and even mats if used correctly. Glide conditioning spray will help with the brushing.
Doodles and Grooming
In the last 15 years, Poodle mixes, known as Doodles are becoming more and more popular. The choice is expanding with many poodle crosses small and large, here are just a few of the many doodle breeds - Cockapoos, Labradoodles, Goldendoodles, Bernedoodles, Maltipoos and more.
A Doodle is any kind of dog that’s an offspring of a Poodle and another purebred dog or Poodle mix. A Doodle will tend to have fur that grows in soft, tight curls. Doodles come in a variety of colours.
Not every Doodle breed is the same, and will vary in energy levels, size, and mental needs. Temperament will also vary from dog to dog.
Generally Doodles should not shed, have considerably less dander and cause less allergies.
Puppies go through a coat change somewhere between 6-12 months where they will shed their puppy coat and the adult coat will start to grow through. Grooming practices should be established from about 12 weeks old.
Due to the nature of a doodle coat matting at any time, regular brushing is highly recommended. Depending on coat type brushing could be daily. Harnesses, Dog coats and wet weather can easily knot areas of the dogs fur especially if not regularly brushed in between professional grooms.
Specially made products like our glide spray will help to ease knots.