We get asked a lot "how often should I bring my dog to the groomer"? The answer depends on many factors and isn't always simple. Basically, it depends on the dog! The following can be used as a rough guide to give you some idea of how frequently your dog should be coming in for a groom based on their age and fur type.
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These breeds should have daily brushing and combing to prevent matting and maintain the condition of the coat. Hand-stripping is also available for some wire-haired breeds and should be done every 8-12 weeks. We can also provide tidy-up grooms between full grooms, which include a bath, blow dry, nail trim and trimming of the hair around the feet, sanitary areas and around the eyes. If appointments are pre-booked and your dog comes in every 6 weeks or less, you will receive a 5% discount off the price of your dog's groom.
We recommend daily brush and combing and professional grooming every 4-8 weeks, depending on the length of the haircut and home maintenance. We can also provide tidy-up grooms between full grooms, which include a bath, blow dry, nail trim and trimming of the hair around the feet, sanitary areas and around the eyes. If appointments are pre-booked and your dog comes in every 6 weeks or less, you'll receive a 5% discount of the price of your dog's groom!
As dogs get older, grooming can sometimes become more difficult. This is due to the natural aging process which can frequently cause them to become arthritic, and sometimes senile. We will continue to groom dogs up to any age that we feel safe doing so. For grooming, we do require doggies to be able to stand for a lot of the haircut and some of the drying process. We do give "breaks" whenever we're able, and will definitely let an older or arthritic dog sit for as much of the process as we can, to make it more comfortable for them.
For the senile doggies, grooming can sometimes become increasingly terrifying for them. We try our hardest to make it a calm experience for them every time.
If this sounds like your dog, there may be a time to do what we call "comfort grooming". Your dog may not be able to get the haircut and style that you're used to seeing. Extra features and special lengths can make the grooming process take longer, so for the benefit of your pet, we may recommend one short length, all over. The groom may not look perfect either due to "hard to reach areas". We do not want to be manipulating arthritic joints and legs just to get the perfect cut.
There also may be a time when it's not safe to groom your dog anymore, due to debilitating health conditions. We may then recommend grooming at a veterinary clinic, where there's a veterinarian on staff to better handle some of these conditions. These are sad times for us too, and we do not take this decision lightly, as it may be a pet that we've been grooming for years, and have developed a special relationship with. Please always let us know if your pet has developed a health condition that we should be aware of.