Frequently Asked Questions and T's & C's
Are you qualified?
This is a question you should be asking before trusting anyone to take care of your pet. Yes, Cathy Bruen, Proprietor, Head Groomer and Grooming Tutor is an International Certified Master Groomer through IPG (USA) and has numerous certificates from other well respected International Grooming Associations - iPet Network/ Open College Network (UK), IGC (Australia), PIAA (Australia), AIPG (Australia).
Cathy has also taken part in over 15 grooming competitions, in Australia, Belgium and Ireland, which have earned her some lovely trophy's that are proudly displayed in the salon. In a poorly regulated industry, such as this, you can be assured that your dog will be looked after by a true qualified professional. All Canine Creations team members are highly skilled and very knowledgable about all breeds and pet grooming.
How often should I have my dog groomed?
It depends on the breed of your dog. We recommend at least every 4-8 weeks for all breeds. Some coat types require more frequent visits. Regular visits are advised to promote healthy skin and coat. If you would like your dog's coat to be kept long and have a stylish trim frequent visits are a must. We will suggest to you how often your dog should come to us based on the style you require and how prone to matting their coat is. For dogs that have a coat that becomes matted easily - we will suggest 1- 6 weekly visits if you wish to keep their coat long. If you do not want to bring your dog this often then we would suggest a shorter style so you get longer out of it. Please do not ask us to dematt as this is asking us to inflict unnecessary suffering.
What is the difference between a mini groom and a full groom?
Both of these services include; shampooing, conditioning, brushing, combing, deshedding, feet, eye, bottom and private area trimming plus nail clipping. We take no length off during a mini groom. A full groom includes length off. The amount of length we take off during a full groom depends on the style you require and the condition of your dogs coat. A mini groom can only be done where there is no matting present.
How do I know if my dog is matted*? Your dog is matted if:
- You cannot part the hair to see their skin easily on every part of their body.
- You were unable to comb through easily everywhere on their body (right down to the root of the hair at the skin) without the comb getting caught. They may be matted if they have not been professionally groomed in over 4 -6 weeks or less with some coat types.
*Matting is very painful for your dog. Matting pulls the skin really tight restricting the blood flow to the skin which can have detrimental side effects. Matting can hide; unwanted parasites, trapped faeces & debris, embedded thorns & grass seeds, all of which may end up in a very expensive vet visit. Please note the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013.
To prevent such matting from occurring regular appointments and daily combing are essential. We love our dogs and always want them to feel comfortable and happy. Severe matting needs to be removed with clipper blades and scissors having to go extremely close to the skin. This may result in your dog's skin being exposed. We make sure to take the time to do this as carefully as possible. Your dog's behaviour may delay the process. Please understand that it is quite a stressful situation to be in for the groomer & dog and adequate time needs to be allocated. Nicks and scratches to the skin can happen as depending on the severity of the matting as the blades must go very close to the skin, however we take this process very seriously and will do everything in our power to try to prevent this from happening.
A pins and needles sensation (blood rushing back to the skin) is felt by the dog after matting is removed often causing bruising to the skin. This feeling can cause your dog to act a little funny - dragging bottom, licking excessively, rubbing around, scratching and even hiding away in some cases. This sensation should go away with time so try to be as cheerful as possible letting your dog know that they will recover. We understand that if your dog has to be clipped short that their appearance may not be pleasing to the eye. Please refrain from acting disappointed or feeling that the dog 'looks awful'. If you feel bad they will feel bad. Yes they may look funny but I can assure you being clipped short is a lot more comfortable than carrying around heavy matting that causes them tremendous discomfort.
The condition of your dogs coat is your responsibility. If we have to clip your dog very short because of matting present please understand that it is the kindest thing to do for the dog. Regular visits, every 4-6 weeks are strongly advised so we can condition, brush and comb correctly stimulating the hair follicles to promote healthy hair regrowth. Remember even an inch of hair will matt if not looked after properly - Please see the Animal Health and Welfare Act.
How long will my dog need to stay with you for their groom?
Between 2 - 6 hours depending on the work involved.
We pride ourselves on providing a very gentle relaxing experience. Every dog will receive breaks in between bathing, drying, brushing, clipping, scissoring etc. Fresh water will be provided and toilet breaks are given. It is very important to us that your dog feels relaxed and enjoys their pampering.
Do you hand strip?
As from January 2019 we are unable to provide a full hand stripping service. We can however replicate the hand stripped look, with the use of guard combs, scissors and coat rakes.
Can I stay with my dog while you are grooming them?
For Health and Safety and Insurance reasons, we can not permit the owner to be present during the grooming process, (with the exception of nail trim only). It can be very distracting for the groomer and for the dog and so for safety reasons it is best for your dog to be left in our care.
My dog has a lot of dead undercoat/ knots/ matting but I don't want them to have to go short, can you
remove this without having to shave my dog?
Extensive dematting is not something we promote or offer as it can be a lengthy, stressful and painful process. Dogs will have to be clipped extremely short where heavy matting is present in the coat as this is the safest most pain free way of removing matting. Extra costs are associated with this depending on how long it takes. You can avoid your dog becoming matted with regular visits. Dogs with certain coat types, Poodles, Bichon Frise, Cavachons, Cockapoo's, Cavapoo's, Maltipoo's and all other breeds with a long coat should be professionally groomed at least every 4 - 6 weeks. This type of coat if not maintained properly can become matted very easily.
How much does it cost for you to groom my dog?
The final cost is dependent on the complexity of the groom and how long it takes.
The following determines the final cost;
The size of your dog
The weight of your dog
How thick their coat is
How long their coat is
How much undercoat they have
The condition of their coat
Further details on pricing are outlined in the' Grooming' section of menu.
Can I bring my dog in just for a nail trim?
Yes you can. A nail trim is 10 euro. A nail trim and file is 15 euro. Filing the sharp edges after a nail trim is recommended and can help recede the quick (blood vessel), shortening the nail further.
If I am unhappy with the groom can you fix it?
We will always try our best to groom your dog exactly how you would like, however, the condition of your dogs coat will determine what is possible. Sometimes we may have to go shorter than you would like because of matting or knots in their coat. Brushing out matting causes stress and pain - Under section 12.1 of the Animal Welfare Act 2013, we are obliged not to cause unnecessary suffering and act accordingly when it comes to the welfare of the dog.
If you feel we did not take enough length off please let us know as soon as you pick up your dog or return your dog to us within 24 hours and we will be happy to go a little shorter.
How do I make an appointment?
You can make an appointment by a Phoning/ Texting/ Whats App or sending us an email.
We will get back to you as soon as possible. If you try calling and we do not answer it may be because we are focusing 100% on a nervous dog that requires our full attention. We generally answer the phone, texts and answer emails from 9 - 5, Tuesday to Saturday.
We would advise, if you are happy with our work, to make your next appointment upon the collection of your dog. Due to our low volume policy, our schedule fills up quickly. By simply requesting to be put in the diary on an ongoing basis you will be locked in and wont have to worry about continually contacting us. If you chose not to rebook please understand that we may not be able to fit you in for a future booking. You will be sent text reminders for your convenience (only available for our regular customers or those who rebook)
My dog is boisterous and may become aggressive, can you groom her/him?
We practice force free grooming. If your dog becomes extremely stressed or aggressive for any part of the grooming process we will not be able to cater for them. We will not put ourselves in danger of getting attacked or bitten. Although we offer a gentle approach, some dogs may not settle. We will not force your dog through a process that causes them to become extremely stressed or aggressive - see Animal Health and Welfare Act. If you know your dog has aggressive tendencies, we would recommend that you take your dog to a Vet who has an in-house groomer.
If I need to cancel/ postpone my dog’s appointment what should I do?
We need to be given at least 48 hours notice of cancellations/ rescheduling preferably by speaking with us on the phone to avoid fees associated with these actions. 'No shows' cannot be tolerated and will result in permanent removal from our client list.
Where there has been a cancellation/ rescheduling without 48 hours notice, you will need to pay for your missed appointment and we will need a non refundable deposit if a future booking is sought. This deposit will be subtracted from your next appointment. We are a small business with a low volume policy so appointments are precious. No shows or last minute cancellations/ rescheduling can really hurt a small business so please recpect our policies. Thank you for your understanding
If you have a question that has not been answered here please feel free to contact us.