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What Happens At A Lucky Dawg Dog Grooming Appointment?

What Happens At A Lucky Dawg Dog Grooming Appointment?

Your furry family member will appreciate a fresh dog grooming session and give it two paws up! At Lucky Dawg Dog grooming we offer both mobile and salon pet pampering services. The type of grooming services your dog will receive depend on a few different variables. As you probably already know, every dog is different. Some pups require certain services that others do not, such as ear hair trims and nail clips. Whatever the needs of your pet may be, we’re ready to accommodate them.

First Thing’s First

We want to get to know you and your dog a bit before we jump right into the grooming session. Whether you use our mobile service or bring your pet into the salon, we’ll spend a moment or two getting information about your dog. It’s important that we learn about any health issues your dog may have and whether they experience anxiety or nervousness around new people and loud noises.

Next, we’ll confirm the grooming services that are appropriate for your pet with you. Your pet’s grooming session is customizable and can include a bath, haircut, nail trim, ear cleaning, etc. If your dog has a medium to long coat, we’ll go over the look and style that you’d like them to have.

It’s our top priority to keep your dog safe, comfortable, and happy while they are in our care. We also want you to be completely satisfied with the results.

Let The Dog Grooming Begin!

Now that we’ve got all the formalities out of the way, it’s time to make your fur baby look like a million bucks. It’s important to remember that your dog’s services will differ from another client’s services. The following bullet list is simply an example of what a full groom would look like.

  • Nail trim
  • Trimming of paw pad hair
  • Sanitary trim
  • Coat trim
  • Ear hair pluck and clean
  • Coat brush-out
  • Bath
  • Blow dry
  • Hairstyling

Keep in mind that your dog certainly can have our full-groom service, or, you can pick from the list of what you’d like your pet to have done. Some owners prefer their dogs to have coat trims with every grooming visit while others opt to only have ear hair plucks and nail trims, for example. The choice is yours.

All services are available at our salon or during mobile pet grooming.

Give Your Dog The Star Treatment At Lucky Dawg Dog Grooming

We understand that your dog means the world to you, and while they are in our care, they mean the world to us, too! Lucky Dawg offers both mobile and salon grooming. Give our staff a call today to decide which one will work best for you and your pet. We offer full-scale grooming services that we’d love to chat with you about. Feel free to contact us HERE. When you choose Lucky Dawg, you choose the BEST!

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Salon: 310-784-0775

Mobile Grooming: 310-784-0566

Salon Or Mobile Grooming For Your Furry Feline?

Salon Or Mobile Grooming For Your Furry Feline?

Our goal is to help you find the best option for your cat. After all, they are a member of your family. We understand how important it is for your four-legged friend to have a grooming experience that is comfortable and safe.

Salon Grooming For Your Cat

If you’re like most pet owners, a grooming salon is probably the first place that comes to mind in terms of getting your furry feline squeaky clean. Salons have all the tools and products to groom your cat in a safe and effective way. If you choose a grooming salon like Lucky Dawg, you can rest assured your cat will be treated like royalty.

Pros:

  • Price: Grooming salons are typically more affordable than the mobile pet grooming option. This is largely due to the brick and mortar salon being able to see more pets during the day than a mobile salon. Due to the higher volume of pets being groomed, salons can keep their prices a bit lower. Sometimes, pet salon shops will offer in-store discounts and promotional offers.
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  • More Groomers: As the saying goes, “Many hands make for light work”. Grooming salons often have multiple groomers on staff. This means they can help each other with cats that might have special needs or behavioral issues. Multiple groomers also cover for each other. If your pet’s groomer cancels your appointment there will probably be another groomer to take their place.
  • Flexible Scheduling: Scheduling and/or rescheduling appointments is often much easier in a shop type setting versus mobile pet grooming. This is because they have more openings available.
  • Longer Grooming Times: For some, this can be an annoyance. However, if you have a senior cat or a pet with special needs, longer grooming may be beneficial.

Cons:

  • Distractions: Some salons have a receptionist or secretary for answering phones and checking in clients. However, some do not, which means the groomers will be distracted with other duties other than pampering your cat.
  • Kennels: Some shops place pets into kennels while they wait for their turn to be groomed. This can cause anxiety and stress for your cat if the wait time is long.
  • Noisy: Grooming salons are going to be buzzing with other pets, phones ringing, music, etc. Some cats do not handle this type of chaos, well.

Summary – There are pros and cons to salon grooming. Lucky Dawg makes sure your cat has the best possible experience at our shop.

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Mobile Grooming For Your Cat

The pet grooming industry is growing by leaps and bounds each and every year. One trend that has recently hit the streets is mobile cat grooming. This convenient service offers many things for you and your cat. Be advised, there are pros and cons to mobile cat grooming.

Pros:

  • Convenient: When you don’t feel like leaving your house to go to a noisy salon, have the salon come to you! Mobile pet grooming is highly convenient for both you and your cat.
  • Dog-Free: Most kitties don’t mesh well with doggos. The mobile grooming environment extinguishes any interaction between your cat and other client’s dogs.
  • Faster Grooming Times: By comparison, salon grooming time versus mobile grooming time has about a 1-2-hour difference. Mobile grooming has your cat feeling fresh and fabulous in about 45 minutes.
  • Undivided Attention: Your mobile pet salon groomer is only going to be working on your cat. Therefore, your kitty will be getting the star treatment and won’t have to share the attention with other animals.

Cons:

  • Price: Because mobile pet grooming is a convenience service, the price is often a bit higher than salon prices. Time, travel, and gas are factors that the groomer uses to determine their pricing as well as seeing less clients in a day.
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  • High Velocity Dryer: These types of dryers are great for speedy drying; however, they can be scary for cats due to their loud noises.
  • Limited Scheduling: Mobile groomers may only be in your area at certain times of the month. This limits when you can have your cat groomed. A salon allows you more scheduling flexibility.
  • One Groomer: Unlike a salon, mobile pet grooming only has one set of hands on deck. This can be a good thing in some respects but a bad thing in others. Some cats have special needs that require the help of multiple groomers.
  • Mechanical Issues: Just like any mobile service, these groomers depend largely on their vehicles and equipment to be working properly. When a groomer has a mechanical breakdown, your appointment is going to either be pushed to a different time or day or even canceled altogether. This can be an inconvenience for you because you’ll have to rearrange your schedule.

Summary – Mobile pet grooming comes with the good and the bad depending on your cat’s specific needs.

Contact The Lucky Dawg Salon & Mobile Grooming Team Today!

Our pet grooming connoisseurs are standing by to answer your cat pampering questions! Are you undecided about whether mobile or salon grooming is right for your kitty? We can help you make the best choice based on your pet’s unique needs. Tell us how we can make you and your cat’s day brighter!

For mobile grooming, please call 310-784-0566 or 310-784-0775 for salon grooming. You can also reach out by using our contact us form.

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Dog Grooming Tools Every Parent Should Have At Home

Dog Grooming Tools Every Parent Should Have At Home

While most grooming is best left to the groomers, there is a lot of upkeep that you can do to keep your dog looking and feeling his or her best in between visits to the doggy salon. Dog grooming tools are essential must-haves for every pet-owner’s home.

Most of the home dog grooming tools that you will need are relatively inexpensive and can be found at your local pet store. There is no reason not to keep them on hand.

What Are The Benefits Of Dog Grooming Tools?

Regular home grooming sessions are as much about bonding and trust as they are about keeping your pooch clean. Here are some of the benefits of regular grooming sessions with your pup:

  1. Keeping them clean and healthy with baths will help remove dirt, dust, bacteria, fungi and viruses your dog collects on their fur as well as remove dead skin cells and hairs from your pet’s coat. Your dog’s coat will also look and smell better.
  2. Regular brushing helps prevent mats by eradicating small knots before they get out of control. It can also help with excessive shedding and help reduce allergens in homes with allergy sufferers.
  3. Baths, brushing and other routine grooming activities will create a bond between you and your dog. You will find that brushing may even lull them to sleep. It is a great way to keep your dog looking and feeling great.
  4. Proper nail trimming will help prevent canine-arthritis and other joint-related diseases.

Summary: Regularly grooming your dog with the right tools is important for your bond as well as your dog’s health and happiness.

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What Types Of Dog Grooming Tools Do I Need?

Nail Clippers

Dogs with clipped and trimmed nails are easier on your floors and furniture and often benefit from the shortened nails. There are a few types of dog nail clipper tools to consider:

  • Claw-style: cut the nail in a scissor-like manner but has a spring.
  • Guillotine: cuts the nail when a spring-loaded handle is pushed down.
  • Scissor-like: these do not have springs. They are a good idea for dogs with small, delicate nails.
  • Styptic powder: if you inadvertently cut a nail too short, this powder can help to slow down bleeding.
  • Filing tools: these tools are designed to grind down the nails slowly.

Brushes

There are as many fur types as there are dogs it seems and that’s why there are so many different types of brushes. You need to decide on a comb or brush that is suited to your pooch’s fur. So, let’s talk brushes:

  • Bristle brushes: these types of brushes will have bristles that vary from soft to firm and long to short. Many types of hair will benefit from this type of brush.
  • Wire pin brushes: these brushes are designed for pooches with medium to long fur.
  • Slicker brushes: These brushes are used on tangles and mats.
  • Rakes and mat breakers: these types of brushes are designed for severe tangles
  • Shedding tools: these brushes have special teeth that remove extra hair from double-coated breeds in order to decrease shedding.
  • Flea combs: these combs are for exactly what you think. They are used to spot fleas.
  • Glove brushes: these brushes are gloves that with tiny rubber pegs on the palm and fingers which allow you to stroke your pup while removing dead hair. He won’t even know he is being groomed! They are great for nervous dogs or for young puppies.

Shampoos

Clean fur and skin is the most important part of a hygienic dog’s beauty routine. Let’s go over some types of shampoo:

  • Tear-free shampoo: this cleanser – like the ones for human babies – is designed to protect your dog’s eyes from burning.
  • Oatmeal shampoo: this type of shampoo is intended to calm mildly irritated skin as well as help with itching.
  • Medicated shampoos: these are prescribed by a vet to help dogs with allergies or further skin conditions.
  • Conditioners: these are sometimes used after shampoo to help keep your dog’s coat moisturized and shiny. They are not always necessary.
  • Fur Whitening Shampoo: these types of shampoos are designed explicitly for dogs with white hair because it can get dingy and yellowish so easily.
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Ear Cleaners

Proper ear care for dogs is often ignored, but it is just as vital as upkeep of hair and nails. Talk to a veterinary expert or groomer about the correct methods before you start.

Please note: DO NOT EVER use q-tips or alcohol in your dog’s ears!

Here are some of the tools you will need to keep on hand:

Ear cleansers: these cleansers are specifically designed to help rinse the ear canal.

Cotton balls or pads: these can be used to wipe out debris from the ears.

Ear powder: this powder will help dry the ear canal to prepare it for plucking (this is only necessary for dogs with excess hair or wax.)

Hemostats: these tools are designed to help pluck excess hair but please be sure you know what you are doing before you try.

Ear medications: a veterinarian may prescribe dogs with ear conditions (such as infections or ear mites) medications.

Grooming Wipes

Dogs get muddy, get drooly and get dirty. They just do. When you simply do not have the time or energy for a bath or when the groomer is booked until the next day, what do you do? Keep a pack of pet deodorizing wipes on hand.

Summary: There are many types of tools that can be used to help groom your dog at home but always be sure to speak to a groomer or veterinarian if you have questions or concerns.

Use Your Dog Grooming Tools In Between Salon Visits

Dogs who are well-groomed feel bonded and safe with their owners. Basic everyday care will help keep your pooch happy and healthy as well as strengthen that awesome relationship. However, many grooming tasks are best left to the pros.

Follow Lucky Dawg on Facebook to get updates, news and information about dog health and hygiene. Got questions about dog grooming tools? Call us at the grooming salon: 310-784-0775 or mobile grooming services: 310-784-0566!

Avoid These Common Dog Grooming Mistakes

Avoid These Common Dog Grooming Mistakes

Maybe you’ve realized your dog is looking a little scruffy, and is in need of dog grooming. You want your pup to look and feel good and it’s important to you to be a responsible pet owner. Or possibly you have family coming over and just want him or her to look extra cute. Whatever your reason, there’s more than meets the eye to achieve an excellent dog grooming experience.

Whether you intend to try to do it yourself or pay someone with professional training and experience, the outcome can vary hugely. The process can be inadequate and ineffective if not done by someone with the right temperament and degree of experience.

After all, if a quick wash and dry were all it was about, your 10 year old could do it.

Here are 5 mistakes to avoid during dog grooming that can greatly affect your furry buddy’s health, comfort level and of course their skin and coat:

Mistake #1 Grooming Only A Few Times A Year

There are quite a few reasons dog grooming should occur more consistently throughout the year. Not the least of which is that it gives your dog a chance to bond with his groomer. A professional groomer provides socialization out in public. Trips to the vet become easier, as well as other interactions with people outside the family.

It also gives him a chance to get used to grooming. So, instead of it being an anxiety producing hide-and-shake session at an unknown situation, it is routine and expected. This way, he can be comfortable and free from painful mats year-round.

It gives you the opportunity to keep tabs on the health of your dog’s skin so you can be aware of possible lumps or other issues that may need a vet’s attention. This health check is a service provided by reputable local dog groomers.

When your dog’s coat isn’t maintained consistently, severe tangles and matting can occur, which pull on the skin. In addition, stickers can hide under mats, burrowing into the skin and becoming actual medical problems. At certain stages, the only option is shaving matted fur, which isn’t ideal at certain times of the year.

Summary- Having your dog groomed consistently results in significant benefits to his mental and physical health.

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Mistake #2 Brushing At The Right Times And With The Right Equipment

Many people don’t realize that by doing a thorough brushing before getting the dog wet, you can detangle some of the fur before water makes the tangles much worse. A professional dog groomer will know exactly how to brush your dog’s specific fur type. A thorough brushing will be done to begin to remove tangles, fleas and possible debris, like stickers.

They will have the right equipment to thoroughly brush and work through the fur, whether it is a thick double-coat of a German Shepherd that requires a deep brushing, or perhaps a more curly coated breed, such as a Portuguese Water Dog, that requires different equipment entirely.

Knowing exactly what type of fur you’re working with is important for the total experience. Even if you’ve got a mixed breed, this is important to know.

Missing brushing behind the ears or near the hind-quarters can be another mistake when dog grooming. A professional groomer will gently and skillfully work those tangles out to produce a beautiful total look that is ultimately an amazing feeling for your dog.

Summary– Knowing how and when to brush makes all the difference for a dog during the grooming process.

Mistake #3 Choosing The Wrong Dog Grooming Clippers

Have you ever tried to choose from the many dog grooming clippers available on the market?

The problem is, each type is designed for a specific type and length of fur, as well as for certain grooming goals. These goals can be an overall shave, or clipping sensitive, hard to reach areas. A professional will invest in top-of-the-line equipment, so you don’t have to rely on pet food store employees to educate you on dog clippers.

The wrong tool for the job can result in frustration, injury, and wasted money. There is an ideal length to cut fur based on your objective. Is it for a summer cut or just for cutting mats here and there? It’s important not to cut fur too close to the skin or to try to use a tool that isn’t powerful enough for certain types of fur.

The clippers also have certain maintenance requirements or they won’t work properly. If used for the wrong type of job, they can wreak havoc on your dog’s fur.

Blunt blades will make the process slow and far less effective. If used improperly, the blades can get caught on dry fur and cut the dog. Not only is this a risky endeavor, it is a sure-fire way to cement in your dog’s head that he doesn’t trust anyone messing with his fur.

Summary- It’s easy to buy the wrong clippers and end up frustrated and with poor results.

Mistake #4 Inadequate Rinsing After Shampooing

Rinsing is a tough job when a dog isn’t calm or contained properly. Without the right equipment, water pressure and ideal water temperature, it is practically impossible to get all the grime and soap out of some dog’s fur. Fleas are tough to rinse out also.

In the end, a thorough rinsing is a top priority for a dog’s comfort and final results. There’s not much point to achieving a half-clean dog. More than that, soap residue will irritate the skin, causing itching, dryness and further matting.

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To avoid shampoo or even conditioner residue, rinse until the water is clean. Use a temperature that is very comfortable for your dog, and adequate water pressure to get through to the skin. It’s hard to rinse all the potential soapy spots on your dog, such as behind the ears, the inside of the legs, and the belly.

This is why having the right equipment is crucial for this endeavor. It’s important to have the right sprayer, and also to use an area where the dog isn’t slipping and sliding and trying to escape. A true professional will know how to keep a dog calm and safe during this process.

There are many considerations when optimizing the health and well-being of your dog. Dog grooming is a total package and shouldn’t be taken lightly by caring dog owners. Make sure your dog groomer avoids these mistakes.

Summary- Rushing through the dog grooming process and not rinsing properly can leave a dog with trapped soap next to his skin. This can irritate the skin.

Choose Lucky Dawg Salon For The Best Dog Grooming Experience

We at Lucky Dawg Pet Services have the caring, experience and knowledge base to give your dog long-lasting and beautiful results. We want you and your dog to be very happy with our services and look forward to coming back for more! Whether your dog is best served with mobile or in-house grooming, just let us know so we can do what’s best for both of you. Call us today at 310-784-0775 to schedule dog grooming services with one of our caring groomers!

Lucky Dawg Salon Grooming

2923 Rolling Hills Rd.

Torrance, CA 90505

Salon Grooming Phone: 310-784-0775

Mobile Grooming Phone: 310-784-0566

Finding The Right Pet Groomer

Finding The Right Pet Groomer

Your pet is part of the family. You don’t intend to trust your baby to just anyone and we respect that! Not all groomers are created equal and building a relationship with a groomer over time is essential for a successful long-term relationship.

Your dog or cat trusts that you are looking out for their best interest so it is natural that you would take this decision seriously. You should build a friendly relationship with a groomer who loves what they do, is willing to work with you and your pet’s needs and who will spend the time to answer any and all of your questions.

If a groomer is not willing to sit and chat about your needs, give you a tour of their workspace or make you feel comfortable then they are not the groomer for you. He or she should understand your love for your pet and respect your need for reassurance.

What Do Pet Groomers Do?

Pet groomers serve a wide variety of roles and they do all sorts of things related to the cleanliness and hygiene of your pet.

Some of the responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • brushing and cutting the fur
  • clipping nails
  • cleaning ears
  • bathing the animals
  • anal expression
  • drying the fur
  • styling the fur
  • sanitizing combs and shears and other tools
  • scheduling appointments and customer service duties
  • reporting issues to pet owners
  • guiding pet owners about proper pet hygiene

Good pet groomers are generally patient animal lovers who don’t mind getting their hands a little “dirty”. They are almost always pet owners themselves.

Summary: Pet groomers have a wide array of duties and the job requires many skills, but the most important qualification is usually loving animals.

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How Are Pet Groomers Trained?

There are no strict formal education requirements for becoming a pet groomer and most groomers acquire training through apprenticeship programs. These are usually about 6-10 weeks long and they learn all about bathing, drying, cutting, nail clipping, dog and cat handling and more. This hands-on training under the supervision of experienced groomers prepares them for working in a grooming facility.

Summary: Pet groomers go through different types of training depending on their employer but generally apprentice before going to work on their own.

What Services Does Your Pet Need?

Different groomers provide different services. Possible services you may need include:

  • Bath
  • Anal gland expression
  • Undercoat removal
  • De-skunking
  • Flea relief
  • Teeth-brushing
  • De-matting hair
  • Ear cleaning
  • Hair style or trim
  • Specific standards for breeds

Summary: Choosing a groomer will depend to some degree on yours and your pets’ needs.

Questions To Ask A Groomer

Ask the groomer to sit and chat with you. Tell them about your needs and expectations. Ask if they will give you a tour of their workplace. They should work hard to earn your trust and make you feel comfortable. If not, move on.

Here are some good questions to get you started:

  • Can I stay with my pet and watch?
  • Can I see your tools and shampoos, etc?
  • How long have you been doing this?
  • Have you ever been bitten?
  • How do you ensure the safety of the animals in your care?
  • How will my pet be dried?
  • Have you ever worked with a pet like mine?
  • What types of animals do you groom?
  • Will my pet have the same groomer every time?
  • How long can my pet stay after his or her services are complete?
  • Can you groom a dog or cat to breed standards?
  • Do you use any tranquilizers or any kinds of medications?
  • How long will a session take?
  • Do you have references?

Summary: Ask your pet groomer lots of questions.

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Are They Passionate About Pet Grooming?

There are a couple of key signs that a groomer is a passionate provider and not just there to collect your check. For one thing, pet groomers who care are interested in looking out for your pet. A good groomer will look out for health issues, rashes, a scab, signs of gum bleeding, etc.

In addition, passionate and caring groomers have probably been doing this for a while or have worked in other fields with animals in the past. They may have certifications that go above and beyond what is required, and they should definitely have a reputation for great service. Which brings us to the next point.

Summary: Passionate pet groomers will go above and beyond. Go with your instincts when you meet the prospective groomer.

Ask Around

Talk to people in your area and ask them who they use or who they recommend. Then, take their advice to heart. Be sure to ask people who feel the same way that you do about your pet, of course. Ask them about how the services were, whether they thought the prices were reasonable, whether their pet seemed anxious after leaving, etc.

Summary: A great groomer will have a solid reputation in the community.

Is A Mobile Pet Groomer Right For You?

Mobile pet grooming is a new trend and the innovative grooming setup allows for maximum comfort and less stress for everyone… especially your pets. Dogs and cats are often much less nervous if they are not forced to leave their homes and owners can relax knowing that they are right there with their pet. Mobile groomers are ideal for people who have limited time, whose pets are anxious when brought to the groomer or for pet owners who have limited mobility.

Summary: Mobile grooming facilities like Lucky Dawg’s van are a great way to save time and reduce stress.

Your pet is part of the family and you should build a connection with a groomer who is willing to work with you and your pet’s specific wants and needs. Remember: Not all groomers are created equal. We respect and understand your love for your pet and are eager to talk with you and set up an appointment. Give Lucky Dawg’s groomers a call at (310) 784-0775.

2923 Rolling Hills Rd

Torrance, CA 90505

Salon Grooming Phone: 310-784-0775
Mobile Grooming Phone: 310-784-0566