Pet Grooming is not all about poofy poodles and hairspray - it's about a clean healthy dog. No matter how long or short, thick or thin a dog's coat may be, they all need regular basic grooming. Not only does a groomed dog look and smell better, he feels better too. Your dog may tell you otherwise, but then dogs don't always know what's good for them!
Mudpuppy has built up one of the best reputations in Dunedin for our attention to detail and the care we take of your dog. We ensure that your dog is treated as carefully and gently as possible, that he is completely clean and that he is turned out looking his best. Such care takes time—we are not the cheapest option in town—but for owners who care about the quality of the groom and the way their dog is treated we guarantee satisfaction.
This is a fundamental step in grooming your dog. Owners are expected to keep their dogs combed out in between visits but we still comb out every inch of your dog to ensure the coat is smooth, knot-free and sitting well in preparation for scissoring, clipping or any other finishing required. This is the most time consuming step and the most stressful for many dogs. It is not possible to produce an attractive groom on a dog that has not been combed out and there is no such thing as a “quick brush” for a dog that has a knotty coat. If the coat is too knotted we will have to clip it off, as extensive dematting is very stressful for your dog and is often simply not possible
We will wash your dog in one of our professional stainless steel dog tubs. The tub is connected to gas hot water at set at a tempertaure suitable for dogs. It has great pressure effective at shifting dirt and dead coat and it has a warm, massaging effect which stimulates the skin and muscles. Your dog will not only look great but feel great too!
We use a range of different shampoos and conditioners, but will choose one that is right for your dogs coat and skin type. We mainly use the Fidos, Arnolds and Green Groom range of grooming products which are high quality, professional products specifically designed for groomers. If your dog is an excessive shedder or if you want to control the amount of hair on your carpet we offer a specialised FURminator treatment. It guarantees to reduce shedding by up to 80%
For the majority of dogs we use a forced air blow dryer to dry them after their bath. This directs a powerful jet of warm air through the coat, blasting out loose hair and water and producing a beautiful fluffed out finish. Although the blow dryer works in the same way as a human hair dryer, it is much cooler—human hair dryers are far too hot for dogs and can burn the skin and damage the coat. For dogs that do not enjoy the hair dryer, we also have a cage dryer which works by attaching to the front of a crate, which the dog is placed in. The cage dryer gently warms the air inside the crate and the dog is more comfortable and less stressed out. Our cage driers are top of the line and equipped with an timer and an auto cut off switch that will automatically turn if if the temperature in the cage gets to warm.
“Finishing” generally involves any scissoring or clipping that your dog requires to tidy the coat and produce an attractive appearance. This can be time consuming and detailed, as in the work required on a poodle, bichon or long coated dog, or it can be relatively simple, such as tidying up the feet of a border collie or golden retriever. Not all dogs require such attention but for most it is this attention to detail that makes the difference between a beautiful dog and one that looks less than attractive.