Being part of the grooming society, we are animal lovers, such as yourselves, and we take every care we can to provide a professional service in taking care of your animals.
Here are some things that we are asked about the most:
We as groomers love dogs, we wouldn’t be in this business if we didn’t. Everyone wants their dog to look like a teddy bear or a puppy all the time but the reality is, they like to roll in poo. They love a good old forage and a muddy puddle. All longer haired dogs need to be brushed every day to achieve a constant knot free coat. Poodles and Cockerpoo’s or anything with a curly coat, twice a day. If this isn’t performed, your dog is likely to get matted or knotty. Matted dogs can get very uncomfortable and some of the most severe cases have had to have limbs amputated. Handsome Hounds follows the 5 Freedoms set out by the Animal Welfare Act.
The 5 Freedoms are:
FREEDOM FROM HUNGER AND THIRST
FREEDOM FROM DISCOMFORT
FREEDOM FROM PAIN, INJURY AND DISEASE
FREEDOM TO EXPRESS NORMAL BEHAVIOUR
FREEDOM FROM FEAR AND DISTRESS
De-Matting a dog can be a very painful process, it consists of pulling on the matted hair a bit like trying to comb a knot out of your own hair. It hurts! now Imagine a matt in your hair! That’s why we don’t do it. If your dog has a few knots, sure, we'll get them out, but for a dog that is matted, this would be a hellish few hours and not something that we as dog lovers are prepared to do.
The alternative is to shave your dog, a much better idea. We use blades that can seamlessly get under those pesky matts leaving your dog a lot happier to come back in to the salon and have another groom at a later date. Yes, you may have a short dog for a while but guess what…..IT GROWS BACK!!! Hooorrraaayyyy. (thank goodness, because if it didn’t, we’d be out of a job).
So please remember, when your groomer says that your dog has to be shaved, it’s not to get at you, no one is judging, it is simply what is best for your beloved doggy. We all have one main thing in common and it has four legs and a waggy tail!
As a pet owner we all find fleas a right pain, we all struggle to eliminate them, especially when the 'spot on's' are losing strength, however there are new treatments at your vets, don’t forget that your house will need treating as well as your dog, if you would like any advise please feel free to speak to us
Unfortunately if we find fleas on your dog we will use a flea shampoo, this is charged at £5 per dog