Dog grooming FAQs


Is grooming and clipping the same thing?
Many pet owners can be confused about the difference between grooming and clipping. ‘Grooming’ covers a variety of procedures, including bathing, combing, brushing, nail clipping, plucking hair from ears, clipping and parasite control. Whereas ‘clipping’ on its own is generally only done to dogs whose hair continuously grows and is considered only one step in the grooming process. There are many benefits to grooming your pet including improved appearance (and smell), increased comfort and improved health.

Do all dogs need to be groomed?
It is important that all dogs receive regular parasite control and an occasional bath but it is extra important to keep your amigo combed and brushed, especially if he/she has long hair. Regular brushing not only keeps your amigo’s coat matt free but also improves skin health and circulation creating an attractive and healthy coat. Matted hair can easily cause skin problems and unnecessary discomfort to your pet. If neglected for too long this might eventually lead to a lengthy grooming session which is usually painful for your amigo and can be very expensive for you!

Should I bath my dog before going to the groomer?
One of the worst problems that confront groomers is that of working on a dog that has been bathed without being brushed out completely. The result is a coat that is so firmly matted that clipping off short is the only solution. If bathing at home prior to grooming, always make sure to fully brush your amigo’s coat before and after the bath and ensure he/she is completely dry as well.

I can’t get my dog to behave when I brush him. How do you get him to stand still?
Although your amigo may be ‘cheeky’ when you try to groom him/her at home, we find that most dogs tend to be on their best behaviour with groomers especially once they sense the firm yet gentle touch that marks the experienced professional. Only very occasionally will a groomer encounter a dog that is unmanageable. This behaviour usually stems from a lack of regular grooming; therefore it is important to continue with your amigo’s grooming day to day. Usually a dog that reacts badly to grooming at first will learn to accept and enjoy the process once he/she realises that nobody wants to hurt them.

My dog scratches all the time but I can’t see any fleas on him.
What’s the problem?
Dogs scratch for all sorts of reasons, most commonly from having dry skin or allergies rather than fleas. Dry skin can be the result of excessive bathing, change in climate, nutritional deficiency, environmental factors, the wrong type of bathing products and more. Feel free to discuss the problem with your groomer.

Why do my dog’s nails get so long?
Just like humans, your amigo’s nails continually grow. Without regular walking on hard surfaces to keep them worn down they will continue to get longer and in some instances have been known to curl around and grow right back into the skin. So it is important to have them checked by your groomer at least once a month.

Salon De Amigos has a free nail clipping service so you’re welcome to pop in at any time to have your amigo’s nails clipped on the spot!

How can I stop my dog from getting ear infections?
It is quite common for dogs with long, ‘floppy’ ears to suffer ear infections. This is due to a lack of air flow in the ear canal which causes excess moisture and heat and can lead to a yeast or bacterial infection. If your amigo has exceptionally hairy ears, sometimes the removal of this hair will help open it up to air flow. Signs of an ear infection include redness in the ear, a yeasty smell in the ear, continuous scratching of the ears and they may be tender to touch. Luckily it is easy to fix if you notice the signs early. Ways to avoid ear infections include folding your amigo’s ears back to allow air flow as they sleep, avoiding getting water in your dog’s ears if you bathe them and drying them as much as possible particularly if they have been enjoying a swim! Always feel free to ask you groomer for more advice.

Why doesn’t my dog look as good as my neighbour’s dog?
Your neighbour probably has regular 4-8 week appointments with a groomer and keeps their amigo well brushed between appointments. This kind of regular attention enables your groomer to devote more time and effort to beautifying your amigo rather than to de-matting and trying to salvage a neglected coat.

Why is my dog always so tired after being groomed?
Going to the groomers is a big day out for your amigo particularly when they are used to spending their day playing, snoozing and pottering around. It is a big day having a bath, drying off, playing with the staff and other dogs, having to concentrate and stand still and the excitement of the atmosphere in general. So enjoy that your amigo is happy to have a good rest when they get home and understand we would never sedate your dog!

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