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The Dog Hut 
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What your dog dreams for... 

  What your dog dreams for....

Large breeds are very welcome. 


"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

We want all pets in our care to be as relaxed s possinble.

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 for several dogs, with little respect to avoiding any potential cross contamination.
We do, no piece of equipment is used without sterilisation between grooms. 
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, nor should it be about getting the dog finished in as least time as possible before the next appointment arrives, but it should be planned and structured to allow the most appropriate grooming process for the individual and facilitates the dog being as relaxed as possible for each and every groom - it is a long term commitment. 

This is also one reason why the initial consultation with the owner and dog 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, health checking, 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 discuss animal learning theories, recognise physiological signs of stress, recognise behavioural signs of stress and be up to date with their animal first aid training. Above all they should be able to apply the theories with compassion and skill.

"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 a positive change, that focuses on welfare within dog grooming and thankfully it is coming slowly"

Dean Hart MSc MCFBA 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. As a result of this approach 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 (associated) some of the smells at the dog groomers with some they have previously met at the vets! These cannot be habituated to but need to be contextually de-sensitised and counter conditioned at the parlour.  


Giardia


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,

Leptospirosis


Some dogs are just swamp and puddle lovers, bless em. But there are dangers when letting your dog enjoy this bit of mucky fun.

Leptospirosis is one. These organisms are a bacteria that can be carried by both wild and domestic animals. Carriers may seem fit and healthy but they shed leptospirosis organisms in their urine that enters water courses and puddles - the more water the more chance of leptospirosis! 

Not all dogs become sick if exposed to them but for those that do leptospirosis can be fatal causing severe kidney failure, symptoms include lethargy, diarrhoea, vomiting and lack of appetite. 


Take your dog to your vet immediately if your dog has been in water and shows any of these symptoms.