FAQ's - Frequently
Quick reference of the most common questions asked by
How often should my dog be professionally groomed?
Answer- This depends
on several factors like the breed of dog, the type and
length of the coat (long, short, double) and whether the
dog is an indoor or outdoor pet. If the dog has a skin
problem (allergies) or a coat problem (oily/dry) it will
also affect the frequency of grooming. Whilst your dog's
coat may look clean, the accumulation of dead hair and
dust can lead to skin irritation. For example- weekly
for a full coated Maltese, 4-6 weeks for Poodles and Pet
Trimmed Shih Tzu and Maltese, Bichon Frise, Schnauzers,
Terriers and Spaniels.
How often should I brush my pet between salon visits?
Answer- Brushing is
advisable at least 3 times per week to help keep coat
clean and free of matts. Regular brushing removes
debris, prevents tangling and stimulates healthy hair
growth. Brushing is also a great bonding opportunity for
you and your pet, allowing you and your pet quality time
together. Your dog will also look and feel great
afterwards and also remember to give them their
favourite food or toy treat to make their grooming
How often should my pets nails be trimmed?
nails should be trimmed every 2 weeks, older dogs nails
should be checked and trimmed if needed monthly. As the
nails grow so does the quick, if the nails are left for
a long period of time without regular trimming you are
only able to trim back the nails a little at a time.
Cutting the quick is painful for the dog and it is best
left for an experienced groomer. This service is free
with a complete grooming appointment, Small Dogs $5,
Large Dogs $10 for in between grooming appointments.
How often should my pets ears be cleaned?
Answer- Ears should
be checked and cleaned weekly. Cleaning the ears with a
dog specific ear cleaner on a tissue or cotton ball
helps reduce the build up of wax and debris which can
lead to ear disease. Do not attempt to clean the inner
ear canal at any time (No cotton buds). In many breeds,
such as the cocker spaniel, the excess hair needs to be
clipped away from around and inside the ear flap to
allow for better air circulation because their long hair
can fall into their food bowls. In other breeds such as
poodles, the excess hair in the ear canal needs to be
removed to prevent build up wax, debris and to increase
Are you trained to give veterinary advice?
Answer- Through my
studies, I am trained to recognise certain problems in
which I would provide simple pet care advice or
encourage owners to seek prompt, proper veterinary
attention. Better to be safe than sorry - see your vet.
Do you sedate or restrain the pets you groom?
Answer- I do not
sedate pets nor do I groom pets that have been sedated
by their owners. My main technique in working with pets
is to work with them- not against them. Pets are
reassured with kind words, treats and by not rushing
them. My specialised hydraulic grooming table allows me
to wok around the pet with the minimum of lifting and
pulling of pets limbs. Keeping your pets safety and
comfort in mind.
What do you feed your dogs?
Answer- I feed my
dogs "Bone and Raw Food" (BARF
My dogs get a mixture of raw meaty bones and the BARF
rissoles. My dogs also get healthy table food scraps and
training treats. Apart from the many health benefits, my
dog's stools are smaller and virtually odourless from
feeding them a diet free of processed food.
I would like to become a dog groomer, What do I need to
do to start.?
Answer - Read
this page on
to become a Dog Groomer". It should give you some
good advice in knowing where to start.