Dog grooming is one of your dog's basic needs and an important part of dog ownership. Just like people, dogs need physical maintenance to look and feel their best. Fortunately, dogs do not need to bathe as often as people, but you do need to learn how much grooming your dog actually needs and keep it on a schedule. 
Generally, a dog’s grooming needs depend on the breed and hair type. 
If your dog has a skin, ear or nail condition, follow your veterinarian’s instructions regarding grooming your dog. 
It is also important to use the appropriate grooming tools. Here are some dog grooming basics to remember.

Most dogs enjoy being brushed, and sessions will strengthen the bond with your dog while maintaining a healthy coat. 
A dog’s minimum brushing needs depend on hair type. Choose the right tools and follow these guidelines.
Long-haired dogs usually require daily brushing to prevent matting and tangling of hair.
Medium-haired dogs may be prone to matting and tangles and should be brushed at least weekly.
Short-haired dogs can typically go up to a month in-between brushing.
Regardless of hair type, you can brush your dog daily - especially if he enjoys it. 
More frequent brushing during shedding season can help prevent hair build-up and excess shedding.
Nail trims are often detested by dogs and owners alike. Most dogs dislike even having their paws handled and know how much it hurts when nails are cut too short. 
Dog owners are often uncomfortable with the process for fear of hurting their dogs.

Dogs will develop an aversion to nail trimming once they experience pain from it. The best way to avoid this is to learn how to trim nails correctly and exercise caution. Ideally, Your Groomer (Julie) should be the one to trim your dog's nails. 

Most dogs need monthly nail trims, but your dog may need more or less depending on the rate of growth.

Bath time does not mean fun to most dogs and owners. 
It may bring forth an image of a wet dog running from the tub, dripping all over the house. 
Bathing does not have to be this way if your dog can get used to it. He may not like the bath, but he’ll be easier to manage. 
Learn how to bathe your dog properly and make the experience as positive as you can for you and your dog.

Most dogs should be bathed monthly, but bathing as often as once a week is not considered harmful. 

Always use a soap-free shampoo that is intended for dogs. Depending on the condition of your dog’s skin and coat, your Groomer (Julie) may recommend a specific shampoo. 

In this case, be sure to follow your veterinarian’s instructions about bathing.
Ear Care
Your dog's ears can be a haven for bacteria and yeast if not kept clean. Some dogs can go their whole lives without ear problems, and the only routine ear cleaning needed is during the monthly bath. Other dogs have chronic ear disease and require multiple cleanings a day.Ear problems can often be traced back to genetics. Dogs with floppy ears or long hair tend to be predisposed to ear problems because the ear canal simply does not have as much air exposure. Many ear problems are a sign of allergies. If your dog has excess debris or foul odor in his ears, your veterinarian will likely prescribe special ear cleaners and medications. If your dog's ears are relatively healthy, you can help keep them that way with proper ear care.

Dogs with continuously growing hair, such as the Poodle or Shih Tzu, Westies, typically need their hair cut every 4-8 weeks depending on the breed of the dog and the style of the cut. This task is often best left to professional groomers, though many dog owners are able to learn some basic maintenance haircuts.

All of the information on this page will help you the dog owner to help your loved furry friend have a more pleasant experience when attending the grooming salon by keeping your pets coat of fur in a more tidy and non matted situation which in turn helps groomer and pet.

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Grooming Senior Pets

Even senior pets still need grooming on a regular basis

Geriatric dogs have their own set of problems. We work to help them in their elderly years. In general, with a very old dog, I would clip off the coat; rather than de-mat, as this precious pet has had many years of being beautiful, now it is time to be comfortable.

We provide water at all times and a soft blanket. If you wish to bring some food or treats. Some people even bring their pets favorite toy or an article of clothing to comfort them. Your pet will get frequent potty breaks as well here.

Due to mental impairment, blindness or hearing difficulties, the geriatric pet may be confused. We speak to them at all times before we touch them so we don't startle them. An old dog will produce a feeble bark when they are confused. Blind dogs are spoken to at all times so they can locate us, and to reassure them.

Arthritis is a roughening of the joint ends, which cause pain on movement. Some older animals may have suffered from Hip Dysplasia from their youth, which may now cause more problems in old age. When grooming this type of animal, it may cry out in pain or bite when the joint is handled; therefore we handle all geriatric pets as if they have arthritis. I move very slow and careful when working on an elderly pet in order to make them more comfortable and prevent injuries .

Because the pasterns drop when the animal gets older the feet become longer and consequently the nails are not in contact with the ground to wear them down. The dog needs to have its nails cut regularly to prevent ingrown claws. Please come in for nail trims between appointments. Nail Trimming should be done at least every four weeks on all pets, not just seniors.
Regular Schedule

Grooming a dog that has been kept on a regular schedule of every 4-6 wks may take a less time depending on the style of cut. Typically though for me to do a very nice detailed job I will take my time on a full groom.

I don't Zoom Groom in order to make more money.
I want you to be happy with a well groomed pet and come back and see us again.

You may also bring food or it's special toy etc...if you feel it is needed.

So next time you collect your pet and wonder about his day and the price you pay, bear in mind your hairdresser does not give you a pedicure/manicure or any of the extras doggies get…. and most importantly they only concern them selves with the hair on your head !!

I'll admit that before I became a groomer I wondered what the heck was taking so long!

Now I get it! Rushing a groomer is like trying to rush an artist...if you want a really nice job...don't worry fido is probably enjoying his day at the spa and you should enjoy your free time.

I always spread out my groom appts. where I have a client checking in every hour up until about 2pm. That way it gives me time to go over everything I need to know about your dog with you.

I hope this may help you understand what all a dog and cat groomers do while your loved pet is at the spa. 



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