Grooming Q&A

Doggie Do’s Grooming Q&A

Q.  When should my puppy have his first groom?

A.  I always recommend waiting until puppy is up to date on all shots. Even though we are a very small grooming business and your puppy will be the only one here at the time he/she is being groomed we still want to make sure your puppy is healthy and up to date. Normally 12 weeks is a good time to start. It’s a great time to get them use to the sights and sounds of all the grooming tools. I do not keep your puppy on the table the entire time. Your puppy will be let out for potty breaks and a few minutes of play time. This helps the puppy not to stress out when its time to come back to Doggie Do’s.


Q.  How often should I bring my dog in for a professional groom?

A.  This actually depends on the type of coat your dog has. A dog with a short coat can go longer between grooms than a dog with a high-maintenance coat. Most of my clients with high-maintenance coats such as Shih Tzus, Poodles, Schnauzers, etc. come in every 4-6 weeks.


Q.  How long will it take for my dog to be groomed?

A.  I try to groom each dog through from start to finish during their appointment time, which usually takes between 1-3 hours depending on the size, coat type, and current condition of the dog’s coat. I am working with living, breathing (sometimes wiggling) animals so there are times when an animal is not cooperating and it makes me run behind. When this happens, I try to let you know that it is going to take awhile longer to finish the groom.


Q.  Can I stay with my dog?

A.  Occasionally, in rare cases, I will let the owner stay, but it’s usually best not to. Dogs are like kids sometimes in the aspect that they often act better when mom isn’t around.


Q.  What should I do if my pet is already matted?

A.  If your pet is already matted, the best thing you can do is get it into the groomer as soon as possible before the mats get worse. If your pet isn’t matted too badly, I will try to de-mat the coat.  However, sometimes the mats are bad enough that the coat has to be clipped very short in order to not cause as much pain for your pet. Petco makes a great de matting comb I always recommend my pet owners to get. It is a brush with razor like blades on one end. YOU MUST BE CAREFULL when using these not to cut you or your pet. But they are wonderful and makes de matting less painful.


Q.  How often should I brush my dog?

A.  It depends on the type and length of coat. If you have a coat that is left a little on the longer side, you should brush at least every couple of days. If you have a dog in full coat, you will need to brush every day.


Q.  What if my dog doesn’t like to be brushed?

A.  You need to brush him anyway, or keep the coat in a shorter style. If you start them at an early age and brush on a regular basis so the coats don’t become matted, most dogs learn to tolerate, if not enjoy, being brushed. You make it a positive thing by giving treats while being brushed so they begin to think of it as a good thing.


Q.  Should I bathe my dog at home?

A.  It’s fine to bathe your dog at home, but there are a few things to remember. First, you should make sure you use a good quality shampoo that is right for their skin and coat type. If you need help determining this, I will be glad to help you.


Q.  Is the price reduced if I bathe my dog at home before bringing him in?

A.  No. It’s better for me to bathe and blow dry your dog’s coat, especially on curly-coated dogs. When I dry the dogs, I try to get the hair as straight as possible so I can get a better cut on it. A freshly bathed dog always grooms up nicer.

Q.  How often should my dog’s nails be trimmed?

A.  If your dog’s nails are at the right length, about every 4-6 weeks is good. If your dog’s nails are too long to begin with, I may recommend you bring him in once a week for 3-4 weeks to get the nails back to where they belong.

Q.  What is “quicking” the nail?

A.  When the nail grows out, the vein or “quick” grows out with it and can’t be cut off where it looks like it should be. If you do, you will cut into the quick and it will bleed. Each time you clip the nail the vein retracts a bit until it is back where it should be. This is why I recommend coming in once a week for a few weeks to get the nails back where they should be.


Q.  Do you take walk ins?

A.  No. I groom by appointment only.  As mentioned above, this ensures that each dog has the time and attention he needs



Q.  How long will it take to get an appointment?

A.  I will try to get you in within a few days, however, since I only take a certain number of dogs per day, you may want to call a week or so in advance. I do most of my grooming on Saturday, but I will do some during the week after 6:00 depending on my schedule.


Q.  What vaccinations are required?

A.  I require a rabies (it’s the law), DHLPP, and Bordetella (kennel cough) vaccine.