Dog grooming in Leicester

With a complete emphasis on trust-based grooming, you can rest assured that whilst in my care, your dog will receive a high standard of grooming and will be treated with respect. Whether you just want your dogs nails trimming or a full groom including bath, dry and styling, I can provide this service for you.

Prior to any grooming session, I will discuss your dogs health, temperament, any issues since the last groom, and how you would like your dog to be groomed. You will always receive full and honest information about how your dog has coped during the groom and any specific issues that need further work.

I always put humanity before vanity whilst grooming, and will not cause distress to any dog or push them over their arousal levels. This may mean that you may not always get “the perfect groom” but your dog will come to trust me over a number of grooms which means each time I will be able to improve his comfort of being groomed. Further work may also be required at home.

Where possible, I prefer to have a dog to visit me for a short introductory visit prior to a full groom.  This is charged at £15 but you will received £5 discount off the next two grooms.

With my Animal Centred Education, Tellington TTouch Training knowledge and behaviour background, I am perfectly positioned to help dogs that find the grooming process difficult, and with your help we can make grooming, both in the salon and in the home, a lot less stressful.

To further reassure you, at no point during the groom will your dog be physically retrained or forced. I use minimal restraints, only using a harness-based restraint where it is not safe to groom without a supporting containment tool.

I trained at Leicester Academy of Grooming, based in L.A. Spa & Groom, Evington, achieving a Diploma in Advanced Dog Grooming (Distinction). I have received training to high professional standards in all aspects of grooming, including scissoring, clipping and hand-stripping.

I encourage owners to bring a piece of bedding, soft toy or something with a familiar smell on it to the grooming session, as this helps dogs to feel a little happier about being left.

Grooming Prices

Full Groom – includes bath, dry, nails, paw pads cleared of fur, hygiene areas tidied, coat clipped, handstripped or scissored into preferred style. Prices start at £35 for a small dog (ie: Shih Tzu), £38 for a medium dog (eg. cocker spaniel) and £55 for a large dog (eg. labradoodle). Handstripping is on average £15 more than a clip off.

Basic Groom – includes bath, dry, nails and paw pads clears of fur and hygiene areas tidied and coat brushed out. Prices start at £20 for a small dog (ie. jack Russell), £28 for a medium dog (eg. Staffordshire Bull Terrier) and £35 for a large dog (ie: Labrador).

Puppy Familiarisation:

Getting a puppy used to a grooming salon is one of the essential socialisation experiences. Therefore, I offer a one-off free familiarisation session, which will include a gentle bath, dry, nails, lots of fuss and Tellington TTouch. This session will enable me to give you suggestions of how to move forward with regular grooming sessions.  For some puppies I may decide that they are not ready to be bath or brushed on their first visit, and may need several meet and greet sessions before they are ready.  It is always best to go slow and build up trust rather than forcing a groom on an anxious puppy.

These packaged are highly recommended for all puppies. The younger a dog is familiarised with grooming the easier it will be in the future for both yourself to keep your dog brushed in between grooms and for your dog and myself during full grooms.

Subsequent grooming sessions costs are as follows:

3 – 6 months 60% of adult grooming cost
7 – 9 months 80% of adult grooming cost
10 months 100% adult grooming cost

If your puppy is not happy being groomed, I will be happy to work with you to help your puppy get used to being groomed, both in the salon and in the home. Costs are based on an individual basis.

Familiarisation sessions are also available for fully grown dogs who have had a bad experience elsewhere, or has never been good at being groomed. Prices available on request via contact form.

Payment Methods

Payment can be made via Cash or Credit Card on the day or Bank transfer by prior arrangement.

What’s included?

  • Physical check – may detect lumps, bumps, fleas, ticks, grass seeds, etc
  • Bath – This includes two shampoos only using the best quality shampoos on the market suitable for your dogs coat. On the second shampoo your dog will receive relaxing Tellington TTouch training technique strokes.
  • Dry – Your dog will be thoroughly dried off using blaster and/or pet specific dryer. Special drying techniques will be used to enable a good preparation of the dogs coat if scissoring or clipping is required. If your dog is not happy with the dryer, I will use a happy hoody to muffle the noise, and/or use a low setting on the dry as well as a fixed nozzle so I have hands free to reassure your dog.
  • Brush Out – A specialist brush or comb will be used on the coat to thoroughly remove knots and remove surplus/dead hair.
  • Styling (where applicable) – Using the best clippers and scissors on the market, your dogs coat will be clipped and/or scissored, or handstripped in the required style. This does not have to be breed standard, I am more than happy to do as requested as long as it is not detrimental to the dog.
  • Hygiene areas – removal of fur surrounding the anus and genitalia, and armpits on both front and back legs.
  • Nail – nails will be clipped as appropriate.
  • Paw pads – The fur on the underneath of the paws will be clipped out using trimmers specific for the job.
  • Bandana/Bow – the groom will be finished off with the additional of a bandana, bow or feathers.

Grooming can take anything between 1 hour for a short haired breed (eg. staffie) to 3 hours for a long haired breed or handstrip.

In addition to the above grooming aspects, your dog will receive my full attention whilst in my care and will not be left unsupervised. It will NEVER be left unsupervised on the grooming table or in the bath.

Most dogs also enjoy a fuss during grooming, and where possible I try to work around the dog in its preferred position (I have been known to groom a greyhound with both of us sitting on the floor). My priority is the dogs comfort. Force will not be used at any point. If I am unable to do any part of the groom, I will discuss with you when you collect your dog.

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