Dog Grooming Services
The type of groom your dog can be offered will depend not only on the breed but on your personal preferences and requirements. While for every breed there is a "Breed standard", these are laid down by the Kennel Club, apply largely to show dogs and are generally impractical for every day living. In our experience the vast majority of owners prefer a practical variation on the theme, which is what we try to provide for you. These broadly break down into the following categories:
Short Haired Groom
These include Labradors, Short Haired German Shepherds, Rottweilers, Great Danes and similar. Grooming for these breeds includes removal of deadcoat with specialist brushes and "rakes" (especially Labs and Shepherds!), a good bath of two shampoos and a conditioner. Our powerful "blaster / dryers" lift out more deadcoat and help achieve a fresh, shiny coat finish. Plus Nails, Ears and Glands if required (see below).
Clip and Style
Airedales, Spaniels, Westies, Labradoodles, Poodles, Schnauzers and any breed needing a clip and style. With these breeds our job is first to find out what style you would like, and guide you if you're unsure. We have a style book with extensive breed styles to help you decide. The groom then includes removal of deadcoat, minor matts and tangles (see Matting below), bath of two shampoos and conditioner, dry, then clip and style to your requirements. Plus Nails, Ears and Glands if required (see below).
Matting / De-matting
The full grooming service for your pet includes removal of deadcoat and tangles. Matting is treated as a separate issue. For those unfamiliar with matting, it is when the coat has gone beyond "tangled or knotted" and has now formed into a solid Matt, similar in texture to a piece of felt. If this is isolated and not close to the skin it can usually be removed by thinning and combing out. This generally only leaves a thinned area on the coat. If, however, it has formed close to the skin it may be impossible to remove with brushing and combing. Then the only solution (with your approval) may be to clip the area out, which will leave a bald patch. This will however grow again. In extreme cases where the matting has taken hold all over, it may be necessary to clip off almost the entire coat. This will only ever be done after consultation with you and we may ask you to sign a consent form prior to carrying this out.
Long Haired Groom
There is a large group of dogs that are neither short haired nor traditionally clipped. These include Golden Retrievers, Long Haired German Shepherds, Collies, Newfoundlands, Bernese Mountain Dogs and many more. Many of these breeds have a dual coat: a generally fine undercoat close to the skin and an outer topcoat. In warmer times and centrally heated homes the undercoat is not really required and is shed as deadcoat.
Bath only, Tidy only, “Bath & Tidy” or “As Required”
Large & Giant Breed Specialists
Nails / Claws
What's all that about?! Does your dog "scoot" along his / her bottom, smell particularly "doggy" at times or spend a lot of time licking and biting at the rear end? Chances are that their anal glands need emptying. This is something we can do for you, either on its own or along with a groom while they're in the bath.
We're open 6 days a week. Monday to Saturday between 9am and 5.30pm. While appointments can be made for any time, we generally run a “morning session” with a first drop off time of 9am and pick up at 1pm, a "mid session": drop off at 10am and pick up at 3pm and an “afternoon session”: drop off at 1.30pm for 5.30pm pick up. We will always phone you if you wish, as soon as your dog is ready for collection to save them waiting around.
An appointment is usually required for a full groom but we can generally accommodate smaller jobs like nail clipping, microchipping and "bath only" at short notice. For short waits you can browse the garden centre next door which has a café serving drinks and light meals. Your dogs will be treated with kindness and care while they’re with us, with water and walks as required. You're very welcome to try us for a short notice appointment just in case we've had a cancellation or have spare space. Call 01233 822 411. An answerphone will cut in if we're closed or all lines are busy. A-Z Animal Care Kent