Well just like you will make the best possible decisions on a good diet, safe toys and plenty of socialisation, play and exercise, grooming is an essential part of caring for your puppy’s overall health and wellbeing. Our Puppy Grooms go a long way to keeping your puppy clean, comfortable and healthy, and our handy guide is here to answer any questions you might have on grooming the new addition to your family.

When is the right time for puppy’s first groom to what you can expect at our luxury, state of the art 5 star salon?

We recommend introducing your puppy to grooming at 10-12 weeks old,  or a week after their second set of vaccinations – even short-haired or smooth-coated puppies. Waiting until later in life could mean that grooming becomes a very stressful experience for your pet. We offer as many puppy grooms as you want ( usually every 3-4 weeks) up to the age of 6 months where your pup will enjoy his/her FURst Big Boy or Big Girl haircut.

At each Puppy Groom, we will take our time, stop to play, bath, brush and trim the eyes, feet and hygiene area and include a little nail clip! Oh- and loads of cuddles from the whole team! They are free!

Prices are £35/£40 or £45 depending on size of breed(S/M/L).

The benefits of grooming

Pet owners sometimes think of professional grooming as a luxury rather than a necessity. But grooming is an essential part of a dog’s life, from puppyhood onwards, because there are so many wellbeing benefits. As well as introducing air to the coat and boosting healthy hair growth, regular grooming also promotes good blood circulation and helps to prevent a build-up of grease and dandruff. When too much grease builds up within a dog’s coat, it can block pores and cause sebaceous cysts, which can be very uncomfortable and painful for the dog.

Grooming is also the perfect opportunity for you to check over your pet to ensure they are fit and well. We include a full coat health check at every groom, checking for lumps, bumps and any changes since their last visit! We are often the Pet Professionals that come into contact with your pup the most regularly…

Home grooming can start from day one but only gentle brushing. It’s important to use the correct brush for your pup’s coat type, so speak to one of our groomers  for advice if you’re unsure.

Qualified groomer advice

Professional groomers won’t cut your dog’s coat at this stage, as the hair is still growing, but time spent with the groomer (and we always try to keep you with the same groomer to build rapport and understanding with your dog) will also help your pup to get used to standing on a table and being handled by someone other than yourself and get used to the sights and sounds of the Salon. As a new pet owner, it’s vital that you regularly spend time brushing your puppy, using the correct equipment; this includes short-haired or smooth-coated breeds.

Our highly- qualified groomers can help you choose the best grooming kit for your dog’s particular type of coat. Some owners love grooming their dogs and can be a bit over-zealous about bathing! But it’s important not to over-wash your pup as this can strip the natural oils away and cause the skin and coat to dry out. The result is a lacklustre coat and potential skin irritations. It’s best to bathe your puppy every two weeks using a pH-balanced puppy shampoo (not a human baby shampoo). If your puppy regularly gets mucky when playing outside, a thorough rinse with warm water should remove any excess mud.

When should puppies get their first full groom?

We recommend that your new pet has two to four puppy grooming sessions before experiencing a full-service groom at around 6 months..

Generally, a puppy has it’s first Big Boy/Girl haircut at around six months old. With a combination of regular grooming at home and sessions at your groomers, your puppy should be in tip-top shape for their first trim.

If your puppy has not been regularly groomed, it may need a shorter cut to get rid of knots and matting – this will then make the brushing and grooming process more comfortable.

Good groom planning

From this stage in your puppy’s life, it’s recommended to have your pet professionally groomed every 4-8 weeks depending on coat type. Your groomer will advise on this.

We will keep records of your dog’s health and will observe changes in your dog that you may not have noticed yourself. Your dog’s behaviour while being groomed may also change – due to joint discomfort from arthritis, for example. This is all completely normal and an experienced dog groomer will be able to deal with these life changes effectively, and help your dog to feel safe and comfortable during the grooming process.

Even if you adopt a dog later in life that has never experienced grooming before, don’t worry. A professional groomer will help you and your new pet to develop a regular grooming routine, and will ensure that your dog feels as comfortable as possible during the grooming process. So, no matter what life stage your dog is at, don’t forget that grooming can help to keep your pet healthy and happy.