What is the best age to start having my dog groomed?

 As soon as your puppy has had it's vaccinations it should come into the salon for an introduction just to get used to the sights and sounds, the earlier your dog experiences being groomed the more they will enjoy it in later life. Grooming should start with the owner ASAP this will allow the dog to see grooming as part of everyday life, please ask us for advice on the correct tools for your breed of dog as using the wrong equipment can hurt and frighten them causing problems for future grooming and clipping

 How often should I groom my dog at home?

Grooming on a daily basis would be great, however it is dependent on the breed for example a Lhasa in full coat would need grooming every day but a Labrador could be done weekly. Please ask us for guidance to suit your dog.

How often should my dog be professionally groomed/clipped?

All dogs, regardless of breed or coat type, benefit from a visit to a groomer every 4 to 12 weeks, depending on the breed of your dog and type of clip required. In the summer months their coats harbour pollen, grass seeds and mites. In the Winter they live in centrally heated houses which dries out their skin and coat. Just as people need regularly deep grooming, so do dogs.

Most breeds should come for grooming every6 weeks or so but poodles and bichons (and their crosses) should be every 4 – 5 weeks in order to stop their coats from becoming too knotty. We are happy to do a discount price for you to bring your pet in between clips just for a bath and brush out, to prevent matting under their armpits and legs. Especially if he / she will not let you groom them and you want their feathering left longer.

 Can you trim my dog without giving it a bath?

 The dogs coat must be scrupulously clean, dead hair needes to be removed by prepping and brushing to get a good finish so we must bath the dogs ourselves to ensure your dog looks it's best after grooming. Also trimming a dirty coat damages our equipment & creates a higher risk of skin issues, therefore we would have to charge a higher price to groom the dog without a bath.

 Can you wash my dog in our own shampoo?

If your dog is on a medicated or prescription shampoo we are happy to use this for your dogs groom, however human shampoo is not designed for dogs as we have different Ph, and will strip the natural oils from his/her coat. All our shampoos and conditioners are top quality, designed especially for dogs, contain no chemicals or nasty ingredients. They are suitable for all skin types, even those with sensitive or skin conditions, so we are happier using them. But don't hesitate to contact us should you have any queries about this.

Can I stay with my dog when being groomed?

 Although we understand the owner’s desire to stay with their pets, we strongly advise against it. Instead of acting as a calming agent, the owner’s presence can actually agitate the pet. It can be distracting for the Groomer and for the dog, causing accidents. It makes the groomer’s job very difficult, if not impossible, if your pet is constantly trying to get to you. It might be difficult to believe, but the pets usually become more calm and cooperative once the owner leaves.

 What If my dog will not allow you to wash and clip him/her?

In these rare cases we will suggest a plan of action for the owner depending on the problem.

 Will you clip my dog how I want him/her to look?

 Of course! We are happy to trim your dog to your requirements whether that is a traditonal trim or a total clip off, however we cannot work miracles and if your dog is matted we may have to do a different trim to make your dog comfortable.

How long will you keep my dog for?

Our appointment and one to one system works to minimise the time your dog is in the salon and providing a stress free environment.

We generally take 2 hours to groom most dogs. However, depending on what type of groom your dog is having, its size, coat condition and temperament, it could be between 1 and 3 hours.

We normally ring our clients when their dog is nearly finished, so please let us know how much notice you need to get back to us, so your dog will be finished just before and wont have to wait impatiently. 

Can you de-matt my dog?

We do not de-matt dogs as we feel that this can be uncomfortable and stressful for dogs who are not used to being handled so intimately, this can also be very time consuming. However we will remove knots depending on the severity during the grooming process. There could be an additional charge for this.

The animal welfare act stipulates it is an offense to cause animals pain or discomfort and we reserve the right to remove coat if we feel this is the case.

My dog doesn't like to be groomed. How will you get him to be still?

We use our experience and training to enable us to deal with all behaviours. We also might use restraints to keep your dog safe while he is on the grooming table, to avoid them from falling from it.

I am unable to keep my appointment, what do I do?

Please call us to cancel and/or re-schedule as soon as you know that you won't be able to keep the appointment. We require 24 hours notice to allow us to fill the appointment time.

Working on a one to one basis means we can only groom so many dogs a day. When you book an appointment, we reserve the space ONLY for your dog (usually 2 hours), so that we can groom him/her to the standard you deserve.

Due to customers not calling to cancel /reschedule we have found it necessary to charge a £15 fee per dog for all missed appointments less than 24hrs notice. This wastes our time and makes it impossible to fill the unused appointment. We are a small business and this affect us immensely, loosing earnings if not fore-warned. This fee must be paid prior you can book a new appointment.

Do I need to have my dog groomed in the winter months?

For some reason people think their pets do not need grooming during the winter months as they will be too cold! This is a misconception, if you think about it if your pet becomes knotted and matted they will retain water making your pet even colder and staying wetter for much longer. So keeping your pet well groomed through out the winter will not only keep them feeling and looking great but you will not have that wet "doggy" smell or heavy muddy paws and coats!

How do you hold, use and store my data?

In Line with the new GDPR regulations which came in to force 25th May 2018. We do not share or sell your data with anyone. Information held is solely for Pawfect Style use.

We process personal information to enable us to provide a Pet Grooming Service; promote our services and goods; maintain our accounts and records; support and manage our employees; the use of CCTV systems for crime prevention.

You can opt out of receiving anything from us at any time by following the instructions on the particular form of contact you wish to be unsubscribed from i.e. emails or text messages. Clients data is regularly reviewed and any customers who no longer use our services will have their paper records cross cut shredded to dispose of them.

Type/classes of information processed

We process information relevant to the above reasons/purposes. These cards/ questionnaires are kept in hard copy format only, and are locked away each night. These might include:

  • Your personal details (your name, address, telephone numbers, email)
  • Your pets details (name, breed, age, colour, sex, medical information, vet practice, temperament information)
  • Your pets grooming specifications (style, blades and products used, etc.)
  • Your dogs behaviour throughout the groom, and any dislikes your dog might have e.g. sensitive areas
  • Anything found when checking over your dog during health assessment (lumps or bumps, ear infections, etc.)
  • financial details
  • goods and services purchased

Who the information is processed about

  • clients
  • staff
  • professional experts and consultants
  • suppliers
  • service providers
  • complainants; enquirers
  • offenders and suspected offenders
  • individuals captured by CCTV images

Our Mobile phone

Your name, dogs name and your contact number are also entered into our mobile together with your dogs picture, so we are able to communicate with you about appointments, and to advise you when your dog is ready for collection, etc. No other details are held on our mobile phone. Our mobile phone is protected by a password and only the staff has access to it.

Photographs

Occasionally we take photographs of your dogs, this could be for a number of reasons, but mainly for internal use and for use on social media and our website. Any images taken will be copyright of Pawfect Style.

Close Circuit TV

CCTV is used for maintaining the security of property and premises and for preventing and investigating crime, it may also be used to monitor staff when carrying out work duties. For these reasons the information processed may include visual images, personal appearance and behaviours. This information may be about staff, customers and clients, offenders and suspected offenders, members of the public and those inside, entering or in the immediate vicinity of the area under surveillance. Where necessary or required this information is shared with the data subjects themselves, employees and agents, services providers, police forces, security organisations and persons making an enquiry.

Visitors to our website

When someone visits www.pawfectstyle.com, we use analytics (a third party service) to collect standard internet log information and the details of visitor behaviours on our website. This is done to help us develop as a business (as we can see what areas of our website our visitors spend the most time on). This information is processed in a way which does not identify anyone. We do not make, and do not allow to make any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting our website. If we do wish to identify visitors on our website, we will be transparent in doing so. If we have forms seeking personal information then we will make our intentions clear as to what we will do with your personal information. More information about our website can be found on our website disclaimer; this is located on our website.

Security and Performance

We use a third party service to help maintain the security and performance of our website. To deliver this service it processes the IP addresses of visitors to our website.

People who contact us via social media

If you send us a private or direct message via social media the message will be stored by us for twelve months. It will not be shared with any other organisations. You can request for this information to be deleted at any time.

People who call us

When you call us we might collect Calling Line Identification (CLI) information. We use this information to help improve our efficiency and effectiveness. We do not retain information from the calls for longer than required or record inbound or outbound phone calls without your consent.

People who email us

We use virus and endpoint protection to protect email traffic. We ensure emails are scanned upon receipt and when we send them out.

We will also monitor any emails sent to us, including file attachments, for viruses or malicious software. Please be aware that you have a responsibility to ensure that any email you send to us within the bounds of the law.

Your rights

Under the GDPR, you have rights as an individual which you can exercise in relation to the information we hold about you. You can get into contact with us at any time to get clarity on what data we hold and how we process your data.

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