Dog Grooming FAQ's
When can my Puppy have the first groom?
Once your puppy has had all his vaccinations (normally around 12 weeks) it is advisable to start getting them used to all the sights and sound and feelings they will encounter in a grooming parlour. We offer a Puppy Intro service designed to allow your puppy to get used to things slowly and confidently. how many Puppy Intro's your puppy may require is dependant on how well they cope, but usually around 2-3 is adequate.
What will the grooming session involve?
Details of exactly what is involved in both the Full Groom and Puppy Intro are detailed here.
How long will my dogs grooming session take?
This all depend on the individual pet. Coat condition, age, temperament, breed and style are all relevant factors. Our main concern is the welfare of your pet whilst in our care and to make it as enjoyable as possible experience for them. A typical appointment lasts around 2 hours, however you should wait for us to contact you to let you know your dog is ready to be picked up. coming back to pick up your dog before we have notified you that they are ready can make it difficult to complete the groom safely and effectively. We are unable to offer day boarding for your dog once the groom is complete so please be available to collect your dog when notified.
I wont be able to make my appointment, what should I do?
Please call us right away if you cannot make a scheduled appointment. Cancellations and or forgotten appointments where less than 24 hours notice is given may incur a fee of 50% of the price of the groom. Because we lose money when scheduled appointments do not show, we have found it necessary to charge for missed appointments.
Will my dog be put in a cage?
We have one cage in the salon which may be used for the smaller, nervous dogs whilst waiting to be groom or collected. Generally dogs are tied up by their leads on one of the hooks located around the salon. For safety reasons, we cannot let your dog run loose in the salon and we prefer for dogs that do not know each other to not come into close contact with each other.
Will my dog be muzzled?
We very rarely find it necessary to muzzle a dog, however dogs that show signs of aggression will be muzzled for their safety and ours.
Do I need to groom my dog in the winter months?
Some customers have questioned the need for grooming during the winter months as they worry their dog will be too cold! This is a misconception, if you think about it if your pet becomes matted with an overly long coat, they will retain water making your pet even colder and staying wetter for much longer. So keeping your pet well groomed through out the winter will not only keep them feeling and looking great but you will not have that wet "doggy" smell or heavy muddy paws and coats that don't dry out easily. The use of a waterproof coat may be helpful to keep your dog warm and dry during a soggy winter walk, which can be removed when they get inside a nice warm house. We have a selection of doggy coats at Chiltern Groomers which you are more than welcome to try on your dog for size.
My dogs coat is matted, can you brush it out?
In most cases we will refuse to de-matt a coat. De-matting can be stressful and painful for your dog and often the only humane option is to clip the coat short and start again. We are unable to choose what length the coat can be clipped as this depends on how closely the matting is to the skin as we need to get a clipper blade under the matts. Removing a matted coat takes skill and extra time and is very hard wearing on our clipper blades and scissors, therefore an extra charge may be added. It is important to regularly brush your dog at home in between regular professional grooming so the coat does not get in to this condition.
Can I bring some treats with my dog?
Yes. We encourage owners to bring a few treats to reward their dog, however we cannot give treats without your knowledge as so many dogs are intolerant or allergic to certain food stuff so it is not safe for us to do so.
Can you use a shampoo supplied by my vet?
Yes no problem at all. Some dogs may be prescribed special treatments for skin conditions by their veterinarians. Malaseb or Sebocalm are the most common ones. These work best on clean coats so we normally bath the dog as usual and then apply the treatment shampoo which is left on for up to 10 minutes to be effective. Because of the extra time needed for this service a small extra charge may be added to your grooming bill and please notify us at the time of booking that this is required.
Please be warned that the instructions on such treatment shampoos do recommend that the dog is bathed 2-3 times a week to be effective and that the dog should be left to dry naturally for best results.
Can I stay and watch while you groom my dog?
As your pooch loves you very much they will wiggle and move around trying to get close to you which is not safe while we are grooming. It is best to drop off your dog off at their scheduled appointment time, and then come back when we notify you that your dog is ready. Please feel free to give us a call any time during the treatment to find out how your pooch is doing but please do wait for us to contact you to let your know your dog is ready before you return.
Can I drop my dog off early?
Unfortunately as the salon is small and we like to keep the number of dogs in at any one time to a minimum, we are unable to accept your dog before the allotted appointment time.
Do you brush dogs teeth?
Brushing your pet’s teeth is beneficial only when it’s done regularly (every few days). You would not want to waste money on brushing your pet's teeth once every few months in a pet salon. We don't provide teeth brushing services. It is advisable to go to a vet for regular teeth cleaning.
Do you express anal glands?
No this should be carried out by veterinary professionals only.
What if I am not happy with the service my dog receives?
If for any reason you are not completely satisfied with the service received, please advise us within 2 business days of the groom so we can do our best to rectify it. Pet parents satisfaction is paramount to us. We take great pride in our service and want pooch’s parents to as well.
How do you hold, use and store my data?
In line with the new GDPR regulations which came in to force 25th May 2018. We do not share or sell your data with anyone. Information held is solely for Chiltern Groomers use. Written data is stored in a locked filing cabinet and online data in the form of an appointment booking system is password protected and any device used to access this information is also stored in a locked filing cabinet overnight. Your contact information is used to confirm/remind you of appointments and inform you of special offers and latest news. You can opt out of receiving anything from us at any time by following the instructions on the particular form of contact you wish to be unsubscribed from i.e. emails or text messages. Clients data is regularly reviewed and any customers who no longer use our services will have their paper records cross cut shredded to dispose of them. No Credit Card or payment information is held by us in any form.
We hope this answers all your questions, however if you have a query not included on this page, please feel free to call on 07912 619 224 or email email@example.com
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