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My Dog Needs Grooming.. Now What?

You’ve adopted a puppy and now you notice they can’t see? Grooming is not only for looks but important for the health of your dog. Knots and mats can pull at the skin as they tighten and be painful. Skin needs to breathe to avoid potential infections and they need to be comfortable in the heat.

We aren’t the only Small Dog Daycare in Sydney’s inner city suburb of Darlinghurst but we are also qualified groomers. We groom all sized dogs too! Below are a few helpful tips for new puppy owners and those who just want to be well-informed.  If you have any questions we’re always happy to discuss your individual concerns. Darlo Dogs.

How early should I get my dog groomed?

Its super important for your dog’s wellbeing that they become used to being groomed.  If you have a dog with a long coat such as an Oodle/Shitzu etc grooming will be a regular part of their life.  So you want them to get used to people holding their paws or looking in their ears or combing their tail.  As dog owners you can start this from a very early age.  Playing with their feet is an easy way to begin.  Touching nails and moving legs around is also good.  Try doing it during play and even treating them at the same time.  They’ll associate the touch as a positive one.  Give them a yummy long lasting chew while you brush.  We strongly advise not to attempt to clip your dogs nails unless you are confident as it does not take long for a dog to associate a negative feeling with a bad experience.  If your dog has black nails it is very easy to cut too much off causing them to bleed.

We love owners who bring their puppies to us and begin grooming at a young age.  We see pups from as early as 4 months and suggest a Wash & Dry service to start off with.  We take the whole process very slowly, give treats at very regular intervals and keep a calm environment.  They are likely not to love it at first but once they know that its just water.. or only air and it wont hurt them they relax a little and tolerate the pampering.  The more frequently they experience the sounds and even the height of the grooming table the more comfortable they become.  We always want out dogs relaxed when they leave.

I’m brushing but my dog always comes back from the groomer like a new born lamb!

Many believe they are brushing their dog’s correctly.  But are you doing it right?!  Were you ever taught by your groomer how to do it correctly?  Our Dog Daycare staff at Darlo Dogs are groomers too!  We encourage and teach those who want to learn how to keep their dog’s coat long and knot free by brushing and combing from the root.  When you separate your dogs fur can you see their skin?  This is a good indication that you’re doing a great job!

Most owners think they are brushing but are only catching the top layer of hair, leaving the layer closest to the skin matted.  Once you’ve visited us for a grooming service your dog will be knot free and we suggest to begin brushing straight away.  Don’t be complacent!  If you begin daily brushing from the moment they have stepped out of the salon, not only will your dog begin to enjoy being brushed – because there are no knots, you will get into a habit of doing it before that tipping point.  We all know that feeling….yesterday it was fine and today you can’t get the comb through!

At Darlo Dogs we never shave a dog unless its absolutely necessary and will always call and discuss if deemed the best way forward for your dog.  We will always put your dogs wellbeing first over what is requested if the coat is matted.  Removing knots and mats is painful and no one wants a dog to suffer for beauty!  The only way to keep your dogs coat long is regular brushing or combing.

I have a double coated dog like a Sheltie or a Border Collie, wont they get hot if I don’t cut their hair?

Dogs such as German Shepherds, Collies, Golden Retriever, Huskies, Pomeranians etc have a double coat.  These dogs have two coats because of the purpose for which they were originally bred.  The top coat is made up of tougher coarse guard hairs and their undercoat is a fine thick and often downy plush hair.  The insulating undercoat would have kept a dog alive in the deepest of winter and this undercoat are the hairs you find around your house!  Their double coat helps them regulate their temperature.

The best way to keep your dog cool in summer is to ensure they are groomed regularly and have a de-shedding at the beginning of each season to remove all of the dead hair.  Then the outer coat can work as it is intended.  Protecting from the sun and insects yet allowing the air to get to the skin and cool them down.

Regular brushing to avoid tangles and mats is also recommended.  To avoid snow storms of hair throughout your house a good Blowing Out groom at the change of season is the type of service they need.  With our powerful hydro bath and dryers then a thorough combing you’ll be amazed at the difference.  Trust us!  Once you’ve seen our grooming room after a double coated dog has been blown out you’ll be jumping for joy its not your house!

Wouldn’t shaving my double coated dog help with the shedding?

No!  In fact if you shave a double coated dog you are merely cutting both the guard hair and the undercoat to the same length.  You’re not removing the undercoat.  The shedding will be the same and the dogs skin wont be able to breath hence remaining hot.

Shaving a double coated dog is rarely done and recommended only if coat is truely neglected.  There is a possibility the hair wont grow back or in patches.

In summary;

  • In summer, your dog will shed the soft undercoat,  leaving behind the guard hairs. Without removing the undercoat, the air can’t circulate beneath the outer hair and keep the skin cool.  The top coat with the tougher guard hairs protects your dog from the sun’s rays and insect bites.
  • Blow Out grooming and thorough combing to remove undercoat is advised every few months.
  • Daily brushing is advised to keep hair shedding hair at bay and no tangles.
  • Double coated breeds only grow their fur to a certain length.  Shaving a double-coated breed may result in patchy hair or it simply doesn’t grow back.
  • Shaving a double coated dog does not reduce shedding.  When you shave the guard coat and the undercoat together its only cutting them both to the same length.  The undercoat will still remain on the dog and your lounge!

Want to know more or have a chat?  Please call Darlo Dogs on 0498 035 999 or hop online, set up your profile and book online. 

Dog friendly pubs in Sydney Eastern Suburbs

Best local bars to enjoy the sunshine with your dog? 

Bondi

The Bucket List

The Bondi Pavilion, Queen Elizabeth, Bondi Beach
www.thebucketlistbondi.com

With The Bucket List’s uninterrupted views of Bondi Beach why wouldn’t you stop here for a visit! Their menu has such a great selection that everyone will find a favourite!

Elizabeth Bay

The Gazebo

2 Elizabeth Bay Road
www.gazeboelizabethbay.com.au

Dogs are welcome in the wine garden and even have their own menu!

“In amongst the backstreets of Potts Point lies Gazebo, with a buzzing courtyard, delicious food and flowing drinks.
Surround yourself with aperitivo plates & platters combined with a generous wine list of rosso, bianco, rosé, frizzante & beautiful cocktail jugs, all made to be shared and enjoyed in the sunbaked Gazebo wine garden.”

Darlinghurst

The Tap House

122 Flinders Street
www.taphousedarlo.com.au

With over 60 beers on tap and a wine list showcasing natural Australian wines we love this place to visit! Dogs allowed everywhere with the exception of a 4m space outside the kitchen. Menu has a great variety too! Try their famous Sunday Roast.

 

East Village

234 Palmer Street
http://www.eastvillagesydney.com.au

A local pub feel with sophistication. Extensive wine list and quality food. Dogs are allowed in the main bar and they have ample outdoor tables too! 

Darlo Bar

306 Liverpool Street
http://www.darlobar.com.au

The Royal Sovereign Hotel, affectionately known as Darlo Bar. “Step inside a world where the retro furniture is almost as eclectic as the locals. Like a lounge room inhabited by bass players and bloggers, painters and publishers. A local favourite. Characters with a story to tell and advice to give.” Dogs allowed in the public bar! Tables outside to sit a watch the world go by.

Darling Point 

CYC Australia

1 New Beach Road, Darling Point
www.cyca.com.au

Nestled along the foreshore of Rushcutters Bay is Australian premier yacht club. The new refurbishment of CYC’s Clubhouse has been completed and now accepting patrons and their fury friends! The new Clubhouse, with improved accessibility, increased airflow and a whole new level of comfort, is sure to delight both Members and guests lower deck is dog friendly. The lower deck allows dogs.

Double Bay

The Sheaf

429 New South Head Road
http://www.thesheaf.com.au

An iconic institutions for generations! Dating with dogs a favourite monthly event. Relax in their garden bar and with an award-winning bistro what better way to while away the afternoon with your dog by your side.

Paddington

Apache Cena

110b Boundary St
@apachecena

Coffee shop during the day but come Friday nights during Spring and Summer locals love going to the pop-up pasta and wine bar known as Apache Cena. Dogs welcome at the outside tables and owners treat them like members of the family.  

 

Rushcutters Bay

Storehouse Rushcutters Bay

100 Bayswater Road
https://www.facebook.com/storehouse.rushcutters.bay/

Storehouse Sydney Rushcutters Bay is a tranquil indoor and outdoor restaurant, serving wholesome meals made with local produce and delicious drinks. This is your social space to eat, relax, meet or just switch off. Drop in for a barista coffee or bring your four legged friend to enjoy lunch on our outdoor terrace.

Surry Hills

The Beresford

354 Bourke Street
www.merivale.com/venues/theberesford

One of the largest dog friendly pubs! “The Beer Garden is a tranquil outdoor area where you’re sure to find locals enjoying their lazy summer afternoons over a drink and great food. Guests are welcome to bring their dogs to the courtyard.”

 

The Norfolk

305 Cleveland Street
www.thenorfolk.co

Mexican inspired menu and Aussie classics with a twist. They boast their Bloody Mary is legendary and they are pretty close! Relaxed atmosphere in the colourful garden where you dog is made to feel at home.

The Winery

285 Crown Street
www.thewinerysurryhills.com.au

A quirky urban garden oasis in the heart of Surry Hills, The Winery offers over 30 meticulously selected wines by the glass and sophisticated yet relaxed dining. Dogs are welcome in the Laneway bar.

Watsons Bay

The Watsons Bay Hotel

1 Military Road
www.watsonsbayhotel.com.au

Grounded on the sandy shoreline of one of Sydney’s most iconic harbour beaches, Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel is the perfect destination for those in pursuit of sun, fresh seafood platters, seasonal fare and icy cold refreshments, overlooking Sydney’s spectacular harbour. Dogs are allowed on the deck.

Woolloomooloo

Friso Hotel

46 Dowling Street
https://www.friscohotel.com.au/

Dogs are allowed everywhere in this pub and treated like one of the family!  Your pup is welcome to roam and sniff every corner of the pub including indoors in case the weather gets a little rough outside. Enjoy the afternoon sun with a cocktail in hand on the deck outside or out the front. 

 

The Old Fitzroy 

129 Dowling Street
www.oldfitzroy.com.au

Tables out the front to enjoy the sunshine or take your dog upstairs with a relaxed atmosphere and comfy lounges.

“With over 100 years of history, this family-owned gem is hidden in the back streets of Woolloomooloo. The pub itself has a wide range of 22 brews on tap which change regularly. The welcoming staff, hearty meals, comfortable environment, and of course the open fire in winter, create an unrivalled pub atmosphere.”