This is a question I hear very frequently and the answer is simple: as soon as your puppy has their 2nd set of vaccinations!
I HIGHLY recommend puppies come every 3-4 weeks to get used to the grooming process. The first couple of visits consist of a bath and blow dry, nail trim and a tidy if necessary. This will help them get used to the handling and being in a new environment.
I do not expose puppies to the clippers until the 2nd or 3rd visit (depending on the dog). This is to ensure the puppy does not get stressed or afraid of being groomed.
You will also be sent home with homework to assist in the process, so be prepared to put in some time between visits to help your puppy enjoy being groomed!
Here at Wag in Style, we treat every pet with care and compassion, and this goes even further for our senior clients.
When your pet ages, they would much rather prefer be at home taking a nap (wouldn't we all). It is for this reason that when they reaches approximately 8 years old (depending on the dog) they will start receiving a "Comfort Groom". Their visit will consist of a shorter and easier to maintain style, which may not look as perfect as when they were younger. This is because my goal is for your senior pet to be back home and comfortable as quickly as possible. I will not fuss around too much with their looks, and you may start noticing some straggly hairs sticking out here and there.
Please keep in mind, comfort grooms are done for the comfort and safety of your pet and nothing else.
Short answer: No... We do not offer daycare or dog socialization services.
Although sometimes our resident greeter (our golden retriever Buddy) will come and say hello to the dogs he knows, I cannot be sure that pets from different households will get along.
I am a one on one groomer and prefer to give my undivided attention to your pet while they are here. I understand that life happens and sometimes owners run late to pick up their pets. In cases like these, dogs will be securely crated and under supervision.
As the owner of a VERY nervous and anxious dog, I can totally understand the reasons behind wanting to stay.
However, I cannot allow owners to be present during the grooming process for a few reasons:
1- While at the salon, your dog is essentially "working". Their attention needs to be focused on the task at hand, which also means they need to pay attention to me. Having their owner present will distract them and the visit will take even longer.
2- A nervous/anxious dog feeds off their owners energy. While your dog might be shaking and unwilling to come in when you drop them off, rest assured that once we are alone in the salon and away from any distractions, their demeanor changes and they become much calmer and happier.
3- Your pet will want to jump and climb all over you, and with sharp instruments in the vicinity, this can lead to unwanted accidents.
If you wish to receive pictures of your pet during their visit, I am absolutely willing and able to do that.
I only use high quality, pet-formulated product in the salon.
I have various types of shampoos and conditioners depending on the needs of your dog (hypoallergenic/unscented shampoo, odor eliminator/skunk shampoo, etc.)
I also use a tearless face wash for every client to avoid any irritation to the eyes.
If you maintain your pet's coat at home in between visits by regularly combing down to the skin, thus ensuring there are no mats, then chances are I will not have to shave your pet.
I thoroughly inspect every client that arrives before their owner leaves in order to ensure you are aware of what condition their coat is in. If you prefer a longer style on your pet, then regular scheduled visits between 4-8 weeks (depending on length) is required.
I will not shave your dog "just because".