Is it safe to groom my dog?

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As a groomer, I have seen and groomed many dogs through all life stages. Towards the end, grooming may become very risky.

I often times will discuss these issues in a very blunt, matter of fact tone. I will tell a client that grooming can in fact kill their dog. Most clients state that the dog still needs to be clean and cared for, and this is true. But is it really worth the risk?

I want to care for a dog throughout it’s life and be there every step of the way for my clients, however, at some point, the grooming is best done at an animal hospital, where the pet can be monitored.

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Our Vaccination Policy

Please ask your Vet which shots are best for your dog.

By law, all dogs are required to be up-to-date on Rabies. Other vaccinations may be recommended by your veterinarian, including Canine Flu.

What is the Bordetella Vaccine?

At Grande Style Pet, we take every precaution in creating a safe environment for our furry friends, and this includes minimizing the chances of them contracting Bordetella, one of the causes of Canine Cough. Canine Cough is a contagious, respiratory illness similar to the common cold. The Bordetella vaccination is important for dogs who attend day care or boarding facilities, visit dog parks or spend time in places where they interact frequently with other dogs. The Bordetella vaccine only protects against certain strains of the disease.

What is Our Bordetella Vaccine Policy?

Grande Style recommends that all dogs receive either an injectable or intranasal Bordetella vaccine every 12 months. The oral Bordetella vaccination is only accepted if given within the last 6 months. This is in alignment with the latest scientific data provided by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and VCA’s chief medical team. Both the injectable and intranasal format of the Bordetella vaccine have proven efficacy for 12 months, whereas the oral format lacks sufficient evidence that it is effective after 6 months.


All puppies must have had 3 series of puppy shots prior to their first appointment, after the 3rd series of puppy shots, boosters must be given at one year old to complete the puppies core vaccines. We only accept puppies that can show proof of vaccines given by a veterinarian.

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Brushing Tips for your Pet

How to demat your silky coated dog. Do this before a grooming appointment.
How to demat your thick curly dogs coat. Do this before your dogs appointment.
For the average Poodle, Bichon, or any curly or fluffy coat
Great for any long hair Doodle, Coton, Havanese, etc…
Show Poodle Brushing
For Shelties, Collies, Australian Shepherds, Poms or any double coated breed.
Daily Routine to keep your long hair dog tangle free.
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Our Favorite Dog Grooming Tools & Products

Click on the name of each product for a link on where to find it.

Soon we will link “How To” videos with instructions for using  many of the tools listed.

Artero Pin Brush available in our salon!

Wood Pin Brushes

Available at Wood Pin Brushes are great for sensitive dogs!
Available in our Salon! These are great for getting out knots and hitchhikers in the dogs hair!

Artero Slicker

Great for dematting and detangling
Available in our Salon! These combs are a great investment! You can not maintain a coated dog without one!
Available in our Salon!
Available in our Salon!
Available in our Salon!

Latex Bands for tying up top knots

Available in our Salon. Styles change frequently.

Rat Tail Combs

A must if you need to tie up a top knot.

Vetoquinol Ear Cleansing Solution

Using this after every bath or swim will help to prevent ear infections!

Thinning Shears

These will help to gently remove matted hair, and can be used to trim around the eyes.

Slicker Brush

Show Premium Pet Grooming Products

The Best of the Best!

Zymox Products

We use this in the salon for dogs with allergies and sensitive skin !

Heavy Duty Nail Grooming Tool

Diamond Wheel for Dremel

Gives a really smooth finish to the nail, more comfortable for the dog!

Ultra Quiet Nail Filing Tool

Great for dogs sensitive to loud tools.

Stripping Stone

Stripping Knife

Used for Carding a coat

Rubber Finger Covers

Used for removing dead hair on wire coated breeds

Doodle and Heavy Coated Dog Brush

Great for extra deep thick coats!

Exercise Pen

Great for puppies and seniors

Potty Pads, washable

These are the best, I use these in the salon.

Small dog Tabletop Grooming Table


Used for keeping long ears out of food and wet grass!
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Should Your Groomer Remove Hair From Your Dogs Ears?

Watch how to pluck your dogs ears at home
Have you ever picked your dog up from the groomer, and looked into the ears only to find that they do not look clean?

Honestly, these concerns cause groomers to do more harm than good to a dogs ears. Groomers often worry that if they don’t clean all of the gunk out of the dogs ears, the client will be upset.

The truth is that healthy ears do not “look” dirty. The black or reddish colored waxy substance in the ears may be a sign of an infection. When the groomer attempts to clean the ear the dogs ears may become irritated, leading the dog to start shaking it’s head.
So, if your pets ears “look” dirty, have your vet take a look and prescribe the proper ear cleansing solution.

Close-up of red allergy dog ear

Have you ever taken your dog to the vet and heard the vet say that your groomer needs to remove the hair from the pets ears?

The practice of plucking the hair from a dog’s ears is a widely debated subject among both vets and groomers.

In my salon, I do not always offer this service. There are some dogs that it is simply cruel to perform this service for. Especially on teething puppies. 

Ear plucking can be beneficial for some dogs, in others it can cause micro trauma to the ear allowing a breeding ground for infection to set in. I will only offer this services on a case by case basis, and only on a veterinarians direction.

After 38 years of plucking ears, I did a trail in the salon, and with my own dogs. I stopped all plucking for one full year. The results were that plucking can indeed cause infection. A small number of dogs ( interestingly  Shih Tzu’s, Bichons, and Havanese) actually do get an infection as a result of plucking. The dogs that this happens to is a recurring problem for the individual.

I do on occasion pluck my own dogs ears, but I recommend that you have your veterinarian provide this service for you.

Dogs with allergy ears, sometimes start head shaking the second that I clean the ears, this is very common in apricot and brown dogs, especially Doodle types. Unfortunately, a groomer never can be sure that this will happen until it’s too late. This is not a result of the groomer doing anything wrong.

Dogs who require occasional plucking, and who develop ear infections afterwards, may need a medication prescribed before the plucking to aid in the prevention of an infection. This is why I recommend that your vet perform the service.

If your veterinarian insists that the groomer performs this service, and the groomer disagrees, then you may need to learn to do this at home.

Watch how to pluck your dogs ears at home

Healthy ears can have the hair removed, but many specialists conclude that if the ear is healthy, leave it alone.

These are examples of healthy ears, as you can see even with the hair in place the ear is fine.

Has your vet ever stated that your Dog has an ear infection because the groomer must have allowed water to get into the dogs ears?

If your pet develops ear infections after swimming or baths, you can use a good ear wash that helps to dry out the ears after swimming or bathing. I use Vetoquinol on all of the dogs that I wash.

Clean water will not “cause” an infection, but if the ear is already compromised, the moisture and warmth will provide an ideal environment for the quick growth of bacteria and yeast.

Watch this video on correctly using an ear wash!

Proper use of the ear cleansing solution is important. After the bath while the dog is still in the tub , simply fill the ear canals with the solution, allow the dog to shake out the excess, and gently wipe the ears out with cotton squares . This is recommended for healthy ears to keep them healthy.

Never use Q-tips in a dogs ears! Abnormal ears need to be seen by a vet.


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