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"The grooming process should be structured and methodical but also allow the dog to carry out normal canine behaviour, have access to water, be handled appropriately for its age, ability and emotional state and be free at all times from undue stress and anxiety where possible. Dogs on the grooming table should also be rewarded for showing signs of appropriate behaviour therefore helping to shape and encourage best behaviour. This helps achieve a stress free and more positive grooming experience for each dog" 

Sara Hart  LCGI AIFL Specialist Dog Groomer, Lecturer and National Examiner. 

Joint owner of The Dog Hut.Biz

What makes The Dog Hut        so different? 

If you know a thing or two about dog grooming parlours then you will know some do not adhere to best practice but simply run a conveyor belt service. We don't.

Some dog grooming parlours use a truss like device to tie dogs up, and use belly straps. We will not use these and never will as they do not allow a dog's freedom of movement on the grooming table which we consider to be fundamental to their welfare during the grooming process. We make sure all dogs are safe without being trussed up and we encourage compliance through appropriate handling and the application of animal learning theories.  

We have witnessed many groomers use force, verbally shout at dogs and amazingly pin them down to achieve a groom of some sort. They are not even aware, possess any knowledge or care about behavioural signs of anxiety, fear or phobia, physiological signs of stress, awareness of the dog's emotional state or their physical ability. To some dog groomers, all dogs are naughty, and need very firm handling, really?  Unbelievably some Colleges even teach like this!  
We don't.

Some dog groomers don't even sterilise their grooming equipment or tables between dogs and use the same towels between dogs, with little respect to avoiding any potential cross contamination.
We do.
Breeds that need regular grooming to maintain their health and welfare have to face the grooming experience every 6 to 8 weeks for their entire lives. They deserve to be handled and treated with care for each and every grooming session. Grooming is not a race, getting the dog finished in as least time as possible before the next appointment arrives, but one that should be planned and structured to allow the most appropriate grooming process for the individual and one that facilitates the dog being as relaxed as possible for every groom - it is a long term commitment. This is also one reason why the initial consultation with the owner is so important before the groom begins. 
'At The Dog Hut we attract clients that are looking for something extra, want to take their time when dropping off and picking up so they can inform us and be informed about every need of their dog.' To see more about booking with us and the grooming consultation click here.
We do take our time with each dog and treat it as an individual, respecting its personal experience, age, gender, breed, temperament and physical ability. Every dog is different and has different needs.

We do understand, possess knowledge and experience and are highly trained in advanced canine behaviour, handling skills and dog training, not just dog grooming

Always ask your dog groomer about what they understand and have been trained in, they should know and be able to apply animal learning theories, recognise physiological signs of stress, recognise behavioural signs of stress and be up to date with their animal first aid training

"Having worked within the dog industry for over 22 years, lectured at College and been a business mentor supporting animal related SMEs across the UK, I have met such lovely, caring and compassionate people but sadly I have also come across many that demonstrate an appalling lack of empathy, poor understanding and lack of care that I wonder why they would want to work with dogs in the first place? It is time for change within dog grooming and thankfully it is coming slowly"

Dean Hart CFBA AABP, Clinic Behaviourist, Lecturer, Author 

and joint owner of The Dog Hut.Biz

Watch this short video clip where Sara works with a little puppy during its very first visit to the dog grooming salon. It is allowed freedom of movement and is given time to habituate* to its environment. Sara is applying a mixture of operant and classical conditioning and as a result of this and her patient, calm handling this puppy became compliant to Sara's wishes within a very short period of time and has learnt that the grooming process is non stressful.

*What is habituation? 

Habituation is one of the simplest forms of animal learning. Where after a period of exposure to a stimulus, an animal stops responding. It can occur at different levels in the nervous system. Sensory systems may stop sending signals to the brain after repeated presentations of a stimulus.  Provided it is presented at low level and is therefore deemed as non threatening (or really nice - it is difficult to ignore the lovely smell of freshly cooked bread if you are hungry!)   Habituation to complex stimuli may occur at the level of the brain; the stimulus is still perceived, but the animal has simply "decided" to no longer pay attention to it. All dogs, especially puppies should be habituated to the grooming environment and this will help when being on a table, being bathed, dried and clipped - don't forget smells too, they also need to be habituated - unless the puppy has already conditioned some of the smells at the groomers with some they have previously met at the vets! 


This is another danger that contaminates water places on dog walks. These are microscopic protozoa that habitat intestinal tracts of domestic and wild animals and are shed in the animal's faeces into the water, yuck! If you walk where there are lots of other dogs then it is most likely going to be present. Symptoms include diarrhoea, lack of appetite and vomiting with greasy stools that tend to float, stomach cramps and possibly dehydration. Your dog will need to have a stool sample tested for Giardiasis and if positive will need medication.  

Always consult your veterinary surgeon if you have any concerns about your dog's health or behaviour,