DOG GROOMING SERVICES

Here at Ashgate Grooming we offer a range of services to cater for individual pet owner’s needs.  It is essential to keep your pet groomed regularly for his health and your families health.   A dog shed’s its coat naturally and depending on their breed, or breed mix, depends on how much they shed.

We will always try to groom your dog to your needs, be that to the breed standard or for a practical cut that suits your dog’s lifestyle   When you first come to see us, we will take the time to discuss your needs with you and will be able to assess how long the trim will take, and how much it will cost.  You are very welcome to come and discuss your needs with us without having booked an appointment.  We want you to be comfortable with the service we are offering.

We can provide grooming for most breeds and sizes of dog with our speciality being hand stripping.

To keep you dog looking good between trims, we also offer advice and help about daily coat care and home brushing.  We are very happy to discuss particular products or brushes you can use.

Every dog is different and therefore, every dog trim is different.   We will tailor make your dog’s trim according to his needs.  To discuss the options and book an appointment please call Jacky or Sue on 01460 281528

NOTE ON CARE –  Please note that we work within the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and as such observe the 5 animal needs –

We do this by:

  1.   Ensuring that the ENVIRONMENT that the dog is kept in and worked on is safe and hygienic at all times
  2.  We do not give dogs treats that may upset their DIET.  If you wish your dog to receive treats please provide them
  3.  We allow the dog to BEHAVE normally when we trim by working with your dog, not forcing them to obey us.  We also make sure they have regular comfort breaks to have a wee and a good sniff about
  4. All dogs kept between trims are HOUSED in suitable crates or outside in a secure dog run.  We only keep dogs as long as we need them to be here
  5. We PROTECT all dogs from harm and do not inflict pain on them whilst they are in our care

DE-MATTING –  To ensure we meet the above needs we will not de-matt a dog for longer than 20 minutes in any one grooming session.  If a dog is badly matted we will discuss this with you and where necessary shave the coat.  It is extremely painful for a dog to have matts removed and we ALWAYS put health before vanity.   You will be asked to sign a de-matting consent form.  The photos below show a matted dog and why we shave this off….it would be cruel to try and brush this out

FLEAS – if we find Fleas on your dog we will charge a £10 surcharge to your trim.  After finding fleas we need to completely deep clean the Trimming Shed and spray with a specialist spray to ensure fleas are killed and not passed on.  This can result in our having to cancel following trims that day.  Please make us aware if you have a flea problem and we will book you in at the end of the working day.

 

 

Knife stripping is suitable for many breeds. The technique allows us to break the coat down gently without damaging the hair follicles, therefore, keeping the texture of the coat intact. As the coat is not taken so short, the finished dog will appear more naturally presented and the coat tends to grow more slowly. Dogs that are stripped tend not to need bathing so often.

Knife Stripping
Knife Stripping

 

 Clipped using breed standard guidelines or as you prefer

 

Health check, ear clean and nail

We will trim nails and clean ears however, we are no longer able to express anal glands or pluck hair from ears.  If we notice either need doing we will bring to your attention so you can see a vet and get more specialist advice. We do not treat ear conditions—this is a job for your vet.

Brushing Out
Brushing Out

Bath & Dry

If you would like your dog bathed when he is trimmed, or between trims, we offer a bath/dry service. Dogs are bathed in natural shampoos, or we will use your own if you prefer. We dry all dogs by hand to cause as little stress to your dog as possible.