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Dog Grooming FAQs

What is included in dog grooming?
A standard full dog groom, includes a basic health check, nail cutting, sanitary area, ear cleaning where appropriate, hair cut, styled by the groomer, spray of dog cologne.

 How often should a dog be professionally groomed?

A dogs hair should be cut every 4 - 6 weeks

What should I use to groom a double coat?
Rakes, Combs and Splitters
As you would with a regular brush, work in small sections. Run the rake or comb through the hair as you would a brush, and keep going over a single section until the tool runs through smooth.

Which dogs should not to be clipped?
The majority of double coated breeds are original working and herding dogs, living in cold, wet climates.
The first layer of the double coat (closest to the skin) is a short, soft, down like undercoat which regulates the dogs temperature acting as an insulating layer keeping the dog warm in colder months and keeping the dog cool in the warm summer.  The second part of the coat is made up of longer guard hairs that protect as a water and dirt repellent layer. This is the most important factor why dogs with double coats should not be clipped.
Clipping the coat, does not help the dog stay cooler, but it will actually interfere with the dog’s ability to regulate its natural body temperature. Also, removing the hair can leave the sensitive skin exposed to the damaging UV rays of the sun and also put your dog at risk for skin irritations like hot spots.

What are Single Coated Dogs?
And as the name suggests, single coated dogs have only one coat.
How can you tell if your dog has hair or fur? 
Fur is considered to be shorter and denser, whereas hair has a tendency to be longer and finer or can veer toward wavy or curly.
What small dogs don't shed and are allergy free?
• Affenpinscher
• Basenji
• Bichon Frise
• Bolognese
• Brussels Griffon
• Havanese
• Maltese
• Lhasa Apso
What dog breeds are double coated?
Akita, Alaskan Malamute, Bearded Collie, Bernese Mountain Dog, Chow Chow, German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, Labrador, Leonberger, Old English Sheepdog, Pomeranian, Pyrenean Mountain Dog, Rough Collie, Saint Bernard, Shiba Inu, Siberian Husky, Spitz, Swedish Lapphund, Tibetan Mastiff

Is dog grooming a stressful job?
Most of the time no, but depending on the owner and the dog, can cause some stress.

How many dogs can you groom in a day?
Between 4 - 8 - depending on size and condition of dog coat

Should I tip my dog groomer?
As with other similar professions ie hairdresser, a tip for the groomer is always appreciated. 

How long should Dog Grooming take?
Between 1 and half to 2 hours

How do you groom a dog for beginners?
A dog should be normally bathed before grooming, unless hand stripped

How do groomers keep dogs still?
With professional dog restraints ie Happy Straps

Do you bathe a dog before or after grooming?
Dogs are washed in a dog grooming bath with water and specialist dog shampoo e.g Wow Grooming Aloe/Avocado dog shampoo.

How do groomers dry dogs?
Dogs are dried with different powered dog grooming hair dryers, blasters, stand dryers and combo dryers.

What dog breeds should not be shaved?
Double coated dogs should preferably not be shaved

Can a dog be traumatised after grooming?
A dog should not be traumatised, it should be a pleasant experience. 

Do dogs feel better after grooming?
As with humans, a dog will feel better after a groom, clean and fresh.

Are large dogs groomed the same as small dogs?
Large dogs are groomed in the same way as any size dog but might need 2 stylists to wash and dry to speed up the appointment, a dog should not be in the salon for more than 2 - 3 hours, depending on size