Did you know you’re only supposed to bath dogs once a month? Loathe as I am to wash away that fresh puppy smell, when you have a white Bichon Frise one month feels like a hell of a wait. Brushing and baby wipes alone can only do so much. So, at the first opportunity after Leni’s injections, I booked her in at the groomers. Whilst we’ve bathed her at home before (we’ve had her over two months now), the groomers is a whole new ball game.
As Bichons don’t moult they need to be cut around every six weeks. This makes it important to get a puppy comfortable with being at the groomers – unless you’re going to cut them at home yourself. Seeing as Leni would look like a product of Edward Scissor Hands handiwork had either Puppy Daddy or I attempted to cut her at home, the parlour it was.
We chose to take Leni to The Dog’s Corner on Portland Road, Hove. As Leni was a grooming virgin, they suggested their Complementary Puppy Treatment; a free shampoo, dry and brush. So, off Leni, Puppy Daddy and I went. The groomers was clean and had a ‘wash & go’ section for owners who want to do it themselves. Leni was the only dog in the parlour and had the undivided attention of her groomer. It was amazing. He was so professional and caring, he took care of Leni as if she were his own.
First she went into a massive metal tub for a shower. Here, he showed us how to wash her face so water didn’t get into her little ears, and used paraben free dog shampoo that was super gentle for her sensitive skin. She didn’t make a fuss at all, she let him wash her as if she’d been in the shower every day for the last three months.
Next she had a blow dry. The groomer used a massive free standing hair dryer to diffuse warm heat through her coat, then sat her on his lap and brushed away. He taught us how to brush her hair into a super fluffy, tangle-free coat, whilst telling us all about dog behaviours. To finish, he spritzed her with some dog-friendly perfume.
We couldn’t believe how fluffy and clean she looked. Just like a little cloud. All that volume made her look like she’d doubled in size, it was hilarious. I can’t wait to take her back there. They were so friendly, welcoming and professional. And as if that isn’t enough they’re a holistic dog centre, so do loads more treatments including specialist shampoos for different coloured dog coats.
So, Leni’s happy, Puppy Daddy’s happy, I’m happy. Now for the interesting part; seeing how long she stays out of muddy puddles for the next month…
Until next time,