This week my Friday afternoon consisted of a bit of a change from the regular route of clients dogs. I’d been contacted by a dog rescue organisation called the Doodle Trust Rescue through a facebook group I am a part of that connects rescue facilities to groomers that are willing to give up the odd bit of time to offer free grooms to dogs that come in in horrible states to help them feel better and better their chances of being re-homed sooner.
In Wallington I met Miss Martha, who’s family were sadly no longer able to take care of her so surrendered her into care. She was very shy and nervous, I spent 15 mins coaxing her to me on the kitchen floor while she hid under the table before she would come and say hello.
But once she was in the van she took it all in her stride and was a total super star! Hopefully I’ll hear how she’s getting on and she will find a forever home very soon!
If you run a dog rescue organisation and have a dog that is in need of a professional dog groomer to help its chance of getting re-homed, get in touch via email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are local to Surrey (UK) or see the groomers volunteer network facebook page for a nationwide registry of dog groomers who would be happy to help!
Just a quick update to let you know, I’ve had my 20 week scan and am very excited to share with the world that I am expecting a baby boy!
Also an update on what is going to be happening in April in regards to my work, currently my plan is to work as long as I can, hopefully up to the end of March. I will be taking a short break up until July (the start of the school holidays) and during my time off I am planning on renting my van out locally to another dog groomer so will be able to pass their number to my regular clients that need to be done while I am off. I will also be able to do a very limited number of small dogs from my home in Leatherhead. In July I will be back part time.
I’ve been so busy over the last few months, summer was so much of a blur of trips down to the caravan, walks on the beach and a big family wedding that I’ve been a bad groomer/blogger!
For the first year my mum and I decided to store our family caravan on the campsite that we love to visit in North Devon for the whole summer, she had the intention of spending most of her school holidays down there and I would be able to use for it long weekends and trips with my friends and partner, (I can’t tow so have never been able to use it without her!). However she ended up even busier than me and it turned out being just me that really reaped the benefits of being able to go down wherever the mood took me.
Moving on to the real exciting bit, in about mid August I started to feel a bit un-like myself, I couldn’t pin down what it was but I knew something was different, so after some symptom googleing and hours trawling web md I decided just to be safe I would take a pregnancy test, I was 98% I wasn’t, I’ve been on birth control since I was 17 but it was the only thing that matched how I was feeling so I took the plunge and of course it instantly came back positive.
I had my first scan in September and am now 16 and a half weeks.
The biggest question I suppose clients and potential new clients will have is, how will this affect grooming?
Well I’m hoping that now I am able to say, it won’t!
I very much appreciate all of my wonderful grooming clients who were sympathetic and patient with me when I was in the morning sickness phase, and now I’m through that I’ve spent the last two weeks working on my plan for between now and my due date in April.
I am currently recruiting and think I’ve found a suitable candidate who is going to spend the next two months training along side me so that in January she will start a phased take over process part time and building up to run the grooming side of the business for me until I am ready to go back to work. I will still be in the background making sure the standards I have set are matched and am still delivering the excellent customer service I pride myself on. I look forward to introducing her to you once all the I’s are dotted and T’s are crossed!
I hope everyone has an enjoyable halloween and bonfire night next weekend.
I thought I’d show off one of my girls today! I gave Miffy a long over due bath and tidy up this afternoon when I got back from working. As a dog groomer I feel a lot of shame that she is often the scruffiest dog around Leatherhead.
My Miffy is a special girl, she was born deaf and with only one eye. When we first met her it was uncertain if she would survive or not and we didn’t know if she would ever develop into a proper dog or what would happen to her. But my mum and I decided to give her a change where we could spent more one of one time with her than the friend that breed her would have been able to. Because of her special needs, she isn’t the best at being groomed, she spooks very easily and makes a lot of noise, and because it stresses her out a lot. I try and only wash her when necessary, just brushing regularly and letting her get away with being a scruff. So she hasn’t had a bath since christmas! But she was getting so smelly I couldn’t put it off any longer!
Surprisingly, she was less worse than she normally is, she didn’t bite me at all and only squealed a little bit. And she looks and smells a million times better! Look how pleased with herself she looks. Happy dog and happy dog groomer!
To book your dog in for a pamper like mine, go to Surrey Pretty Paws and give me a call or email!
Today I struggled with grooming a young dog , who had a deep fear of grooming and it translated as aggressiveness when I tried to groom him. As a self employed groomer I can’t afford for a dog bite to force me to take time off, so in cases like this I have to use a muzzle and cone to prevent me or the dog getting hurt while I groom the body. However when it comes time to do the head and face, there isn’t a lot I can do.
To avoid this situation every occurring with your dog, I recommend getting your dog to the groomers as soon its had its jabs and is allowed out. For puppies this will be around 3-4 months old. This is a key time in their socialisation and is ideal to get them used to the idea of grooming. Choose a groomer and stick with them, at least for their intros and first few grooms, they’ll take to it easier the better they get to know a person. I personally feel, a one to one groomer is better to start a puppy off on their grooming life, no other dogs around distracting them, potentially frightening them and they will have the full attention of the groomer.
Make sure they are started off slowly, just a visit for the first time, if its a salon, take the puppy to meet the groomer, let it have a sniff around the room while you talk to the groomer, let the groomer cuddle play and treat puppy. If you like the idea of the groomer coming to you, ask if they could stop in to meet you on a day they are in your area for puppy to look around the van. Then you can book a puppy introduction, I offer this from £25 (depending on size of dog and amount of coat to dry.) Puppy gets lots of cuddles and treats, nails trimming, ears cleaning, a gentle bath in puppy shampoo and a blow dry, I can also tidy up face and feet if needed. For puppies that take to it well i then book them a full groom for 4-6 weeks time, some puppies will need more than one intro session to get used it it before they are ready for a full groom. You can stay while puppy is groomed or not, depending on how puppy takes to it.
There are lots of things you can do at home to get puppy used to being groomed too. Right from when you get them, get them used to have their paws picked up and nails touched, get them used to have their ears looked at and holding their face still from the hair under the chin. When you are blow drying your hair, have puppy in the room with you, with its crate or bed/safe place so that it gets used to the noise from a place that they feel secure. Never play chasing games with the hoover!
If you are concerned that puppy might be developing issues with the clipper noise, get it used to being in the same room as something that makes a buzzing round (electric toothbrush, mens electric razor, epilator etc). Then with lots of treats and rewards when puppy does what you want, get it used to the buzzing near them, build this up slowly over a few weeks and by the next groom puppy should be more than happy with the clipper.