One of the things that they don't prepare you for in grooming school is how attached you become to your four legged clients. We spend a lot of time over the course of years getting to know your furry friends. We grow to love them and when they go we feel their loss too. I can remember early on when one of my first client's poodle died - the owner phoned me to let me know and I spent the rest of the day on and off crying my eyes out in the bath room. It hasn't got much easier now, when...

Well, it's been a busy ol' few months here at BPS.  It's been a brilliant summer, the weather has been fabulous and there have been lots of exciting things happening around.  For starters, I've discovered the fun of dog showing.   My wee cherub (ha!) Alice has been out strutting her puppy stuff and has qualified for Crufts and at the East of Scotland show won Best Puppy in Show.   Her last show as a puppy is this weekend down in Preston.  It's been a good start to her (and my) showing...

[gallery] Some three years ago, I began the process of getting the my qualification from City & Guilds.  It feels like forever-ago now, but that time has flown past.  The process for this qualification involves sitting a theory exam (passed with distinction), some oral, written and practical assessments, and then three practical modules which two so far have been completed with merits.  The last module is for my short legged terrier in which I've chosen to do a Westie. In an...

Between dog shows for wee Alice (who isn't so wee any more by the way), I'm planning a few outings with Merlin.  Both are Miniature Poodles  - one is a show diva and the other is a grooming competition diva.  The latest outing will be this coming weekend down in Swanley (mental note, pack passport and this time all my grooming kit!).  This grooming show is the English Groomers Challenge run by the English Groomers Group.  Even though I reside outside England and am not even British, I...

Dog grooming is a lovely profession - I do consider myself very lucky (most of the time).  However, it must be stressed to anyone that might not be aware, that grooming is very much a two way street.  When your pet visits the groomer, he or she is expected to cooperate (within reason of course).  A dog must learn to stand on the table rather than jump about or lean on the groomer, to move with the groomer rather than fight against.  And likewise, the groomer needs to understand the...

The importance of dog grooming over the winter months can often be overlooked as its widely assumed that dogs need their winter woolies to keep them warm. However, while this is a common thought, it's a misconception. True enough dogs will sometimes grow a useful winter coat as nature intended, such as double coated breeds (Husky, Malamute). But most of our common household pets such as Cocker Spaniels, Bichon Frise, Lhasa Apso - all require the same routine grooming as they do in the other...

  You may have noticed we've posted a new logo in our window.  What does it mean?  What's it for?  The Scottish Professional Groomer Network (SPGN) is a voluntary group which is member led.  It promotes professionalism and recognises professional responsibilities towards dogs in our care and our clients. Members  agree to follow the code of conduct which states that as a member that we: Work in compliance with Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) 2006 to prioritise your...

So today one of my regulars came in for a bath and tidy.  However, the owner tells me that her dog was suffering from a severe case of bad breath.  He's a young dog with absolutely sparkling gnashers, so you'd just not expect such foul breath from him - and as it was rather sudden she was concerned.  It was, I might add, the "breath of death".  Following his groom, I called to the vet to ask if he could have a peek in his gob and lo and behold he found a stick stuck!  It was about the size...