Reiki For Dogs

How can Reiki help our dogs?

Reiki, meaning ‘Universal Life Energy’ is a complementary, gentle, healing therapy that rebalances energy which flows through the body. Being a Holistic therapy it works on a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level. Every living organism is surrounded by a life force or energy field and using Reiki helps to re-align the body’s natural energy, restoring balance and harmony and enabling the body to heal itself.

Dogs, like people, suffer from stress, fears, anxiety and depression and Reiki can help reduce tension and instil calm. It can be particularly useful whilst recovering from surgery or injury, helping to reduce pain and speeding up the body’s natural healing process. Whether it’s a behavioural disorder, injury or arthritis Reiki may offer healing help as animals are naturally receptive to Reiki energy and respond well to Reiki healing. Most animals are highly intuitive and can sense that something good and positive is happening to them, indeed when receiving Reiki they commonly enter a state of deep relaxation and peace, leading to an overall sense of wellness.


When starting my grooming business in 2016 I knew I wanted to follow a Holistic approach and was looking at ways to both improve my handling skills and deal with difficult or nervous dogs. Whilst I was aware of Reiki and the benefits of using it on humans I hadn’t appreciated how suitable it also was for animals but knew that I wanted to explore it further. I enrolled on a First Degree Reiki course and experienced the benefit it had on me personally and also on my own dogs who I was keen to practice it on. Having a dog prone to anxiety and also with some physical issues I was able to work with her and try various techniques to see if it had any positive impact. Reiki can’t harm and is reliant on the recipient accepting the positive energy being directed by the healer and I soon noticed I was able to help calm my girl down when she was stressed, when visiting the vet for instance, which would make her extremely anxious and unsettled. I have since completed Second Degree Reiki which enables me to provide Reiki therapy to both humans and animals either as a hands on treatment or by Distance Reiki sessions and I use it daily whilst handling the dogs in my care.


Chakras are key to Reiki as they are the energy centres in our body, doorways allowing in the energy from our surroundings. There are seven major Chakras in humans and eight in animals and each one possesses a unique function, although they all work together to keep the body’s energy aligned and flowing smoothly. The Reiki practitioner will focus on each of these Chakras depending on the outcome desired, for example the Sacral Chakra, between the tail and middle of back, can help with emotional issues. The Chakras are the same in humans and animals although animals have an eighth, the Brachial Chakra, located around the shoulders and which is the major energy centre linking directly to all the other Chakras. It is a great place to start with animals as it is the centre where animal-human bond is formed and carried and I will always start any Reiki healing with dogs at the Brachial Chakra before moving on. During Reiki sessions focus is given to the clearing and alignment of the body’s energy system through the seven main Chakras, which sometimes get blocked from physical or emotional experiences, causing an imbalance and disease within the body.


For something more subtle you can simply colour their nails, you and your dog can even have matching colours and patterns.

Reiki can support your dog through all stages of their life, aiding relaxation and relieving stress bringing peace and harmony. Whilst it is commonly used to help sick or injured animals it is also excellent in maintaining the general well-being of your pet and as a preventative to any potential illness.

  • Pain Relief. Complimenting prescribed medication it provides comfort and helps reduce pain, speeding up the body’s natural healing process.
  • Stress Relief. Helps instil calm, reducing tension and anxiety and feelings of stress. Can help with separation anxiety, vet visits etc.
  • Emotional issues. Enhances overall well-being, sadness and depression. Can help increase trust and bonding between you and your pet.
  • Fears. Helps with distressing situations such as noise, fireworks etc.

Reiki isn’t just a useful therapy for humans and animals though, it can also be used to help improve the energy flow of everything around us. Reiki can be infused into food and drinks benefiting the person that ingests them and can benefit plants, vegetables and flowers. It can even be used to help improve negative energy in the home or gain a positive outcome for a given situation such as a house sale or job search.


“It is excellent in maintaining the health and well-being of your pet and as a preventative to any potential illness.”


For further advice and information or to make an appointment please email or call 07590 053758.

Creative Grooming

What is Creative Grooming?

Creative Grooming has been popular in the U.S. for a number of years and, although at times controversial due to the extreme styles at the big competitions, is now gaining popularity here and may dog owners enjoy giving their loving pets a temporary colour make over.

Creative grooming can be done on a number of levels, from simple coloured nails and Mohawks to stencilled designs or full colour themed designs – there really is no limit. The colour can be subtle or full on, even fluorescent and can be done just on the tail or ears or completely dyed all over. Competition groomers can even use scissoring, clipping and colouring to turn poodles into elaborate designs like pandas or lions.

The best thing about creative grooming is that you really can do anything you want to make your dog look its best. Adding a splash of colour to the coat is often the first step, you can dye different areas of your dog’s coat in single or multiple colours, add rainbow effects to the tail or simply colour the tips of the ears.


How about adding a crazy pink tail with matching paws or painting leopard spots or tiger stripes? You can even theme them for different events throughout the year, red and green for Christmas or orange for Halloween for example.


You can also use stencils to give your dog a truly individual look. Hearts and stars are popular or how about Christmas Trees or Hollie Berries for Christmas? Or how about a glitter spray for a bit of sparkle.


For something more subtle you can simply colour their nails, you and your dog can even have matching colours and patterns.

If you don’t want to colour your dog but want to add a unique finishing touch we can add bows, ribbons or even feather extensions.

Light colour coats are the best to work with as no bleaching agents are used but some dark coated dogs can also have colour added, although the results will be more subtle and less vibrant.


So how safe is creative grooming? All the products we use are non toxic and are created specially for pets so are perfectly safe, however we will not colour any dogs that have pre-existing skin conditions. We recommend the use of temporary colours that will wash out in 1-2 washes, although semi-permanent dyes are also available that will last more than 12 washes for a longer lasting look. Also remember that the dyes only colour the coat and not the skin so will grow out in time or can be clipped off.


At Clippity Snip our first priority is always the health and welfare of the dogs we groom and we understand that creative grooming isn’t for every pet. If your dog is shy, withdrawn, or has social anxieties he or she would not be a suitable candidate for creative grooming as it would draw the very thing they fear most, attention. However, most pets thrive on human attention and if a little bit of colour brings them extra attention, then why not? They don’t know why people stare, take their photo, or ask to pet them, they just know they are loved.



“Creative Grooming is a fun and safe way to add a little something special to your pet’s hair style.”


For further advice and information or to make an appointment please email or call 07590 053758.

Raw Feeding

What are the benefits of raw feeding?

We all know the benefits of eating raw fruits and vegetables for their vitamins, minerals, live enzymes and nutritive value, and the same applies for our dogs. A raw or BARF diet is about matching as closely as possible to what a dog would eat in the wild.

Feeding a raw or BARF – Biologically Appropriate Raw Food – diet to your pet will ensure that they are getting all the vital vitamins, minerals and nutrients that will keep them fit and healthy.

Dogs and cats have evolved to eat meat and bone. The structure of their jaws, their teeth and their digestive system have not changed at all since the days that they would hunt and scavenge for their food which is why it makes sense to continue to feed them raw meat and bone, just as nature intended.

Most manufactured dog foods contain a long list of additives, preservatives and grain products. Grain makes up the majority of processed, commercial dog food because they are a cheap way to fill the dog up yet dogs do not have the digestive enzymes or system to cope with grains. Grains are also one of the biggest sources of allergies for dogs and many people find that when they switch to a raw meat and bone diet the allergies their dogs had disappear.

So what are the main benefits of feeding raw?


Your pet will have much improved breath, minimal tartar build and beautifully clean and healthy teeth.


This can be one of the first changes you will notice when you start feeding a raw diet, it is hard to ignore the deeply coloured, lustrous, thick and healthy coat. Persistent skin problems can also improve or disappear completely.


A raw diet normalises and strengthens the immune system. Because it contains a good balance of essential fatty acids and other strengthening nutrients it reduces inflammatory conditions and eliminates infections.


Your pet will lose unwanted fat and gain increased muscle mass. This not only makes them look better but increases their activity levels and healthy life span.


A raw diet is more readily absorbed than a grain fed and high carb diet resulting in firmer stools with less volume and odour.


Living enzymes break down and utilise food to maximise the digestive system’s effectiveness.


Feeding raw gives our dogs the opportunity to really get a mentally stimulating experience as it takes a lot more mental and physical work for a dog to rip and tear meat off and crunch through bones. Anyone who feeds raw will know the enjoyment from watching their dogs eating and enjoying their meal.

All our dogs are fed a raw diet and al the treats we use and sell at Clippity Snip are 100% natural, with no artificial colour or preservatives. We have a selection of British made snacks and training treats for sale, sourced from Green & Wilds.

“A raw diet will ensure that they are getting all the vital vitamins, minerals and nutrients that will keep them fit and healthy.”


For further advice and information or to make an appointment please email or call 07590 053758.

Shaving Double Coated Breeds

Why shouldn’t we shave double coated breeds?

shutterstock_443516998-2I am often requested to clip down the coats of double coated breeds such as Japanese Spitz, Pomeranians, Shetland Sheep Dogs, Huskies, Malamutes and Golden Retrievers and my reluctance to do this is met with some negativity. So why my reluctance and concern?

There are three main reasons people want to clip their double coated dogs. 1) To keep them cool. 2) For easy maintenance. 3) To make them look cuter. Let me examine each of these in more detail.


As the name suggests, double coated breeds have coats made up of two layers, an undercoat which is fine and fluffy and which sheds and a topcoat of tougher guard hairs that do not shed. The undercoat traps air and acts like a continental quilt, insulating the dog and keeping it warm in winter and cool in summer. The guard coat acts as a barrier, protecting the skin from the sun as well as brambles and insect bites.

By clipping the coat you are removing the dog’s natural insulation which actually protects them from the heat and remember, dogs don’t cool themselves through their skin, their main way of cooling comes from panting.

Instead of clipping, make sure your dog is regularly brushed out to loosen the undercoat and prevent matting, allowing the skin to breath, and take it for regular de shedding treatments. For dogs that still find it difficult to cool themselves down it is possible to shave a ‘runway’ on their belly.

shutterstock_281445887-2FOR EASY MAINTENANCE

It is understandable that some owners want to clip their dog’s coat to make it easier to manage, whether because brushing has become a chore or because the dog’s lifestyle means it is always getting tangled up and dirty. Some also think that clipping will stop the coat shedding but this is not the case.

There are, however, alternatives that we can consider instead. Often it is the leg furnishings that get tangled up so these can be trimmed a bit shorter, or the undercoat can be brushed, removing the dead coat, allowing for the outer coat to be scissored slightly shorter to make it more manageable, leaving the coat intact.


Yes, some breeds such as Pomeranians look really cute when they are shaved and some owners like to keep them looking like puppies but after reading the points above, is it really worth it?

shutterstock_314154023-2Remember that shaving a double coat can have long term effects. In some cases it can alter the coat texture and thickness forever and some of the coat may never grow back the same, or at all, resulting in what is known as ‘coat funk’. Some of the coated areas may go completely bald and the texture may have a ‘velcro’ effect which can make it even more difficult to look after in the future.

The best way to keep them cool and comfortable is to regularly bath and brush them. The only reason a double coated breed would need to be shaved is if their coat is so matted that it would be unkind to brush it out, or on the advice of a vet.

“By clipping the coat you are removing the dog’s natural insulation which actually protects them from the heat.”


For further advice and information or to make an appointment please email or call 07590 053758.

Natural Flea & Tick Prevention

Are there any natural Flea & Tick treatments?

shutterstock_181338245-2Fleas and Ticks are a constant worry for pet owners, especially during the summer months when they are very active. Ticks are particularly active between May and October whilst fleas are prevalent between April and November, although they are now an all year round problem due to the widespread use of central heating. So how can we deal with this problem without resorting to chemicals?

My favoured treatments are those using a naturally derived product called Neem. The Neem tree grows in tropical and sub tropical countries and scientists are particularly interested in one family of chemicals particular to Neem that act together to produce a ‘synergistic’ or ‘enhanced’ effect. It is a non-toxic, eco-friendly alternative to pesticides and continual use of Neem based products will prevent ticks and fleas making a home on your pet. Due to the gentle nature of the products and the avoidance of harsh chemicals they also leave the coat and skin in tip top condition. At Clippity Snip we are able to bathe your dogs with specially formulated all-natural shampoo containing Neem oil.

If you want to make your own safe, non-toxic flea repellents, here’s some options:


A badly infested animal really needs to be bathed so use your favourite dog shampoo. Rinse your pet off very thoroughly and in the final rinse add a couple of drops of Tea Tree Oil (don’t use Tea Tree on cats) or Lavender oil. An alternative is to make your own herbal flea dip which will also work on ticks. Steep two cups of fresh rosemary in two pints of boiling water for 30 minutes. Strain the liquid, discard the leaves and make it up to 8 pints with warm water. Pour this mixture over your pet until it is saturated. Do not rinse off and allow the dog to dry naturally.

shutterstock_119651287-2CITRUS REPELLENT

Cut a lemon into quarters and place in a pint jug. Cover the lemon with boiling water and let it steep overnight. Next day you have a flea repellent that you can use in a spray bottle. Spray all over your dog or cat remembering especially behind the ears and around the head generally (careful of eyes), around the base of the tail and under their ‘armpits’.


Using 10 ml of sweet almond oil as your base, add 10 drops of lavender and 5 drops of cedarwood. Shake well and use 1 or 2 drops spread over the skin at least twice a week to keep the fleas away.


This can be made by rubbing a few drops of one of the following into an ordinary webbing or rope collar or even a doggy bandana: Eucalyptus Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Citronella, Lavender or Geranium. Don’t forget to do this weekly.


Fleas spend most of their time in your furnishings and only hop onto your pet or you for their final meal. Make sure you wash your pet’s bedding regularly because no flea ever survived a hot wash cycle. If you add eucalyptus oil to the final rinse it can also kill up to 99% of house dust mites. Vacuum your home very thoroughly and sprinkle a fine layer of ordinary table salt over your upholstery and carpets and leave overnight before vacuuming. The salt will desiccate and kill the fleas without you or your family and pets having to breathe in any toxic chemicals! Don’t forget to empty your vacuum bag.


shutterstock_452551300-2Garlic may not be your favourite smell and it’s not the flea’s favourite either. When your dog or cat eats garlic, the smell is excreted through the skin making them less likely to be the fleas’ next meal, but don’t worry their breath won’t smell garlicky at all. Brewer’s yeast tablets will also help to make your pet less attractive to fleas because once again the smell is excreted through the skin. Adding a dessert spoon of apple cider vinegar to the water bowl will make the skin more acidic and unpleasant to fleas and ticks but if your pets don’t fancy apple cider vinegar in the water bowl, dilute it 50/50 with water and use in a spray bottle instead of the citrus repellent.

At Clippity Snip we offer a soothing treatment using specially formulated natural flea and tick shampoo infused with essential oil. With it’s anti-inflammatory properties that heals sore skin and insect bites, it soothes and calms, relieving itching and reducing redness. Regular use will help prevent and control fleas and provide relief from itching and scratching.

“Continual use of Neem based products will prevent ticks and fleas making a home on your pet.”


For further advice and information or to make an appointment please email or call 07590 053758.

Maintaining A Healthy Coat

What does it take to improve my dog’s coat?

A healthy dog coat is the sign of a healthy body and to maintain a healthy coat and skin you need to take care of the outside and inside of the body. A good diet, parasite control and regular grooming will all help to keep the coat shiny and smooth and the skin supple and clear.

A healthy coat should feel soft, pliable and smooth. An unhealthy coat will have dry, coarse and brittle hairs and the coat may also be sparse and thinning or shot and underdeveloped. A healthy coat and skin is clean and free of scales, scabs and crusts and will look harsh, dull or even dusty. The first thing you need to look at is your dog’s diet. Make sure you are feeding a healthy diet full of real meat and protein, with few if any by-products, preservatives and grains like corn, wheat and soy, which can cause allergies. At Clippity Snip we recommend a promote a raw or BARF (Biologically Appropriate Raw Food) diet.

So what other natural ways are there to help maintain a healthy coat?

shutterstock_166421999-2REGULAR BRUSHING

Regular brushing stimulates the skin and hair follicles, increasing the natural production of skin oils that make the coat shiny. We recommend brushing your dog once every couple of days.


Bathing regularly with the appropriate pet shampoo will keep the coat clean. At Clippity Snip we recommend the use of natural shampoos that have the correct ph balance and bathing once a month to ensure you are not stripping the coat of essential oils. Over-washing can lead to dry skin and irritation.


Fish such as Tuna, Sardines and Salmon are full of healthy omega-3 fatty acids that help contribute to a healthy coat. You can add some to your dog’s food.


Stir between one teaspoon to one tablespoon of sunflower oil, olive oil, coconut oil or flaxseed oil into your dog’s food to keep the coat healthy. Coconut oil can also help to clear up any skin conditions whilst flax oil will help reduce itching.

shutterstock_298769357-2HERBAL REMEDIES

Try Horsetail which is high in silica and is essential in the maintenance of healthy and strong skin, bones and fur. Spirulina is also good as it contains protein, vitamin B and carotenoids but be careful not to use too much.


Dogs that have no shelter from the elements and are kept outside most days will have coats that change to be more thick and dry, to provide natural protection. Providing additional shelter will help to encourage a shinier coat.


Dogs with dull coats often have skin problems as well. An oatmeal bath helps soothe the skin, tame itching and leaves the coat soft and shiny. Oatmeal contains vitamin E which acts as a natural softener.

“A healthy coat is the sign of a healthy body.”


For further advice and information or to make an appointment please email or call 07590 053758.

Puppy’s First Groom

How do we get our puppy’s used to grooming?

The first time a puppy enters a grooming salon is a very important moment. They don’t understand why they are there and what is going to happen to them and the initial experiences they have can set the stage for how they respond to being groomed for the rest of their life. It is therefore essential to make the experience as pleasant as possible.


It is important to start the grooming experience as soon as possible, we recommend as soon as they have completed their vaccinations, as the younger they are the quicker they will get used to it which will be beneficial to their longer term grooming experience. At this time they are still trusting and will acclimatise to strange noises and sensations relatively easily.


So what can we do to help? We recommend an initial three visits spaced 2-4 weeks apart so we can slowly get them used to being handled, washed and to all the different equipment we use. The first visit should be a familiarisation visit, slowly introducing myself to them, petting, cuddling and playing with them then letting them explore the unfamiliar surroundings. They will be introduced to some of the tools like clippers and driers, to get them accustomed to the noises. The goal is to make it a fun experience.

During the second visit the puppy will be introduced to the grooming experience itself. They will have a gentle bath, fluff dry and comb and we may clip their nails and clean their ears if they allow it. We will get them used to the sound of clippers again but will likely just neaten the coat with scissors, particularly around the face and feet.

By the third visit the puppy should be starting to get used to the grooming procedure and we can focus on teaching it how to stand still and how to behave as this is essential for a safe groom. We can also try some clipper work.


shutterstock_430463998-2You can help too by getting the puppy used to some of the noises and activities at home. Try brushing with a gentle brush and comb, playing with and massaging the feet and face, and using a hand-held blow dryer (no warmer than medium heat! and keep the dryer moving, not pointed at one spot until it is dry) to blow the puppy dry after a bath, or just gently tap their nails. Don’t forget their back paws! Doing this at least once a day will help your new puppy get used to being handled. Of course, have lots of yummy small treats handy too.

If you are going to maintain the dog at home at all, it is wise to get him accustomed to standing on a raised surface, quietly and calmly. This lessens any potential fear when he does meet his groomer, since the off-the-floor experience is familiar and normal. Another good tip is to practice lifting up your puppy from the floor. Have a special word you use like “up” or “here we go” when you’re picking up your puppy. This will help them to anticipate what is about to happen. It can be scary for a small young puppy to all of a sudden have two hand around them and picking them up.

Most dogs will need to be groomed professionally at leat 5-6 times a year so a positive initial experience will make them regard the Groomers as a loving place and one they are happy to visit.

At Clippity Snip we offer a one to one service in a caring environment with no other pets present and are happy to offer a free familiarisation visit for your puppy.

“The initial experience they have can set the stage for how they respond to being groomed for the rest of their life”


For further advice and information or to make an appointment please email or call 07590 053758.

Terms & Conditions



1. Parking

I require enough space to park the grooming van on the clients property. Please ensure there is space available or give details of any nearby parking that can be used. Depending on how far away I am parked, I may request that the owner bring the dog to the van and that any consultations take place here.


Quotes are subject to change up till the time of collection. If there is likely to be a change in price, you will be contacted for agreement.

3. Payment

Payment must be made when the dog is returned/collected. Accepted forms of payment are cash and direct bank transfer. I accept card payments with an additional 2% fee.

4. Appointment Times

I will arrive as close to the scheduled appointment time as possible; however, please allow 20 minutes for late arrival. Sometimes situations occur that will disrupt the daily schedule. This includes: traffic, weather, mechanical difficulties, or spending more time with an older, younger, or difficult dog. Where possible I will try to leave enough time between grooms to allow for uncontrollable circumstances. The dog’s safety will never be compromised by rushing to meet a schedule. You will be called and advised of an arrival time when schedules change beyond my control.

5.  Insurance

I have Public Liability insurance, the Certificate is available to see in the van.

6.  Confirmation

I will send you a confirmation email/text within one week of your appointment to ensure it is not forgotten.

7Right to Refuse

I have the right to refuse to groom any dog if it is overly fearful or aggressive and where I believe that continuing the appointment could bring harm to either the dog or myself. I also have the right to refuse any customer if they are aggressive or abusive.

8. Refunds

Refunds are not customary once the service has been performed, and you have made payment in evidence of your satisfaction with my work. If you are unsatisfied with the work upon return of the dog I can make any changes that you require.

9. Confidentiality

I hold personal details on file such as addresses and contact details. These are locked in a filing cabinet in my home unless you have an appointment that day in which case they are transferred to a safe in the van.

10. Toilet Breaks

Please ensure your dog has the opportunity to go to the toilet prior to the grooming session to minimise the possibility of accidents in the grooming van. Dogs will be given breaks if necessary.

11. Website Photos

Clippity Snip reserves the right to use any photos on the website, Facebook and other media. If you do not want me to use these photos please provide written confirmation.

12.  Corrections

When collecting your dog, please take the time to check them over, if you notice anything that you would like corrected then please let me know prior to payment.

13. Cancellations

I ask for at least 48 hours notice if you are unable to keep an appointment to allow time to fill the slot.

14.  Missed Appointments

Please be at home for your grooming appointment. If you are not there within 15 minutes of your appointment, it will be classed as a cancellation and you will be charged accordingly.

15. Multiple Missed Appointments/Cancellations

I understand that life happens and missed/cancelled appointments will occur. However, if you have missed or cancelled 2 consecutive appointments or 3 in any 12 month period, you will be required to pay in advance of all your next scheduled appointments.

16. Vaccinations

Although Clippity Snip takes precautions to minimise the spread of disease through a thorough cleaning process, owners take full responsibility for any transmitted infections or diseases their dogs may contract.

17. Parasites

1. Ticks – will be removed if found. There will a charge of £1 per tick.

2. Fleas – If you know your dog has fleas please notify me when booking an appointment, you will be required to have the last appointment of the day to allow me to clean the van throughly to avoid them spreading to other clients. I will use a specially formulated flea shampoo which will be charged for appropriately depending on the size of your dog and the level of infestation.

18. Muzzles

I avoid muzzling dogs, however in certain situations it may be deemed necessary for safety. If a dog is getting aggressive or fearful I will first try to calm them and go through the process slowly, however sometimes it is kinder to muzzle the dog to get the process done quicker and safer.

19. Elderly Dogs

Elderly dogs are not able to withstand a lengthy grooming process, for this reason, they will be given regular breaks as deemed necessary by myself or as requested by the owner. They will also be given a style for cleanliness and comfort, which will be discussed beforehand with the owner.

20. Aggressive Dogs

Owners must inform Clippity Snip in advance of their appointment if their dog has bitten any person or animal or shows any aggressive tendencies. Dogs will be assessed prior to grooming and muzzles may be used as deemed necessary by the groomer. I will do every thing in my power to keep the dogs calm during the groom, however things do still go wrong. If your dog bites while in my care, the owner agrees to be held responsible for any and all medical bills, loss of income as well as equipment or property damage.

21. Pregnant Dogs

Dogs which are heavily pregnant should not be groomed as any increase in stress could have detrimental effects. If your dog is within the first 6 weeks of a pregnancy Clippity Snip will offer a basic groom, this will involve a quick bath and clean up. If the dog shows any signs of stress I will contact you to ask if you want me to continue, if you decide to stop the groom you will only be charged for the work completed. Owners take on full responsibility for any adverse effects.

22. Heavy Matting

Where possible I will try to keep as much of the dogs coat as possible by de-matting the fur, this will incur an additional charge of between £5 – £20. However there are some circumstances that this will not be possible as it can cause the dog pain and in these cases I will request permission to clip the entire dog short and ‘start over’ with a new healthy coat. You will then be requested to book regular appointments to keep the dog’s coat in good condition, or I can offer advice on grooming at home, and supply suitable products.


Dog Grooming and the Animal Welfare Act

The Five Welfare Needs of the Animal Welfare Act

The Animal Welfare Act was passed in 2006 and represents the most significant change to animal welfare law in nearly a century. Under this Act owners have a legal duty to meet the five welfare needs of their pets and whilst in our care we as Dog Groomers also share the same responsibility. So, what are the ‘Five Needs’ and how do we make sure they are met?


You need to make sure your pet has a suitable place to live, providing an appropriate environment, shelter and resting area. If an animal does not have secure shelter from rain, wind or bad weather or has no bedding or the wrong kind of bedding, the person responsible for this animal is failing to comply with this need. Whilst in our care we will provide a safe, clean and secure environment with suitable ventilation.


You need to make sure your pet has the appropriate diet to maintain full health and vigour as well as the provision of fresh water at all times. If you provide an animal with food but it is not the correct food to provide for their needs you are failing to meet this need. You may also be failing to meet this need if you provide food which makes an animal obese. Whilst in our care we will ensure there is fresh water available.

This need points to the provision of sufficient space, proper facilities and allowing your pet to exhibit behaviours which are as close as possible to those it would exhibit in the wild. For example you need to ensure your pet has plenty of opportunity to rest undisturbed when needed and to play with other friendly dogs or people. They must get the exercise they need to be fit, active and stimulated and opportunity for toileting when required. We make sure dogs in our care have regular toilet breaks and space to exercise


You have a responsibility to make sure your pet has the company it needs, including the opportunity to spend time with other dogs and people or kept away from animals that they are fearful of or which can lead to aggression. You should ensure no pets are left alone for long periods of time or long enough for them to become distressed. At Clippity Snip we work on a one to one basis so your pet is never left alone or housed with other animals they are not familiar with.


You need to ensure that pain, disease or injury are prevented or that if they are not preventable, that any pain, disease or injury is quickly diagnosed and treated. If you are responsible for an animal and it is in pain and you chose to ignore it and fail to seek treatment you are neglecting the welfare of this animal and therefore breaking the law. At Clippity Snip we undertake a health check on each dog and practice safe handling of animals. We maintain a clean salon and ensure all equipment is PAT tested. We also keep a fully stocked first aid kit and have completed training in Animal First Aid

“All dog owners have a duty of care and are required by law to ensure the welfare needs of their animals are met”


For further advice and information or to make an appointment please email or call 07590 053758.


The Dog Grooming Products I Use

Are you interested to know what products I use?

As a Holistic Dog Groomer I am very careful about the products I use. It is vital that I have a range of products that can be selected according to the needs of each dog that I groom and I understand that you may want to know what is being used on your dog. Please read on for information on the carefully selected products and suppliers I have chosen to use at Clippity Snip.


Wildwash are my chosen supplier for the majority of the shampoos that I use. They are made in England and are all truly natural with no Paragons, Phthalates, Phosphates, Sulphates, Petrochemicals, Synthetic or Semi Synthetic Fragrances or PEG’s used. This means that are completely safe and are designed with the correct pH balanced to suit your pets’ sensitive skin.

WildWash Shampoo for Deep Cleaning and Deoderising – Natural pH balanced pet shampoo with super conditioning and anti-irritating Soybean Phospholipids and Neem; a natural flea deterrent, with its anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antifungal, antiseptic, antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic properties. Nutrient rich Sea Kelp nourishes and promotes hair growth whilst Aloe Vera helps soothe and calm. The added Peppermint, Rosemary and Lemongrass, are highly fragrant aromas, helping to deodorise, neutralise toxins and remove bacteria to improve scent and leave your pet thoroughly cleaned and smelling extremely fresh.

WiledWash Shampoo for Sensitive Coats, Puppies, Cats and Kittens  This shampoo is simple, mild and fragrance free for extra sensitive skin. Aloe Vera and Evening Primrose oil combine to gently cleanse, soften, rehydrate and protect.

WildWash Shampoo for Light Coloured Coats  Nutrient rich Sea Kelp nourishes and promotes hair growth whilst Aloe Vera helps to soothe. Added Chamomile, Lemon and Lime naturally lighten, remove dull and yellow tones and add luminosity and shine.

WildWash Shampoo for Dark or Greasy Coats – Mandarin, Sweet Orange and Fennel clarify greasy hair and skin, balance the natural pH level while helping to prevent excess shedding and hair loss. Leaves the coat full of vitality and shine.

WildWash Shampoo for Itchy or Dry Coats – Manuka, Lavender and Aloe Vera, gently cleanses without stripping healthy oils. These ingredients help replace moisture, which will help soothe red, sore or itchy skin. Works well on insect bites.

WildWash Conditioner – Natural pH balanced coat conditioner with anti-irritant, cuticle smoothing Soybean Phospholipids and Neem with its anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antifungal, antiseptic, antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic properties. Nutrient rich Sea Kelp nourishes and promotes hair growth whilst Aloe Vera helps to soothe and calm. Guar contains natural conditioning agents to prevent static and aid duing brushing. Shea Butter, Coconut and Rose Oil have emollient properties to hydrate the hair and skin. These ingredients help reduce loss of protein, regain hairs natural moisture, improve elasticity, prevent breakage and add texture, body and sheen.

WildWash Healing Paw Balm – WildWash Healing Paw Balm with Sweet Almond Oil, Frankincense and Kanuka is a super conditioning paw treatment that will help relieve your dogs’ cracked, dry and rough paws and protect them from everyday wear and tear. It is great for use in extreme weather conditions and affords protection against hot or cold pavements, ice and salt. This wonder product can also be used to moisturise nails, dry noses and treat calloused elbows and dry patches. WildWash Healing Paw Balm contains 100% natural, human grade ingredients and is completely safe for your pet to lick. Simply massage into the paw pads.

WildWash Perfume Fragrance No.1 – Fragrance No.1 with Ylang Ylang and Magnolia has a luscious sweet, lemony scent. Contains fresh and floral notes, which is light and revitalising. Contains only natural ingredients, so can be used daily.

WildWash Perfume Fragrance No.2 – Fragrance No.2 with Grapefruit, Bergamot and Ginger has a fresh, spicy, citrus scent which is warm and uplifting. As it contains only natural ingredients, this perfume can be used daily.


Tropiclean is now America’s best selling grooming shampoo. It’s now sold in 23 countries worldwide. These shampoos are made from 100% natural ingredients (70% of which are organic) and not only are they gentle on pets, they are great for the environment too. Each Tropiclean bottle fully bio-degrades in a landfill within 180 days!

Tropiclean Opti-Neem Shampoo – Opti-Neem Shampoo is deep cleaning and effective in reliving irritations due to flea and tick bites. Helps remove doggy odour. This high lathering shampoo cleans the dirtiest pets while creating a healthy, shiny coat.

Tropiclean Fresh Facial Scrub – This mild yet concentrated, lightly foaming facial cleanser soothes and balances. It has natural exfoliating activity and is slightly hydrating. This product is especially popular for white dogs such as Bichons and Poodles to help keep faces and paws dazzling white Refreshing blend of oatmeal and blueberry
Effectively cleanses whilst removing dirt, beard and tear stains
Gentle enough that it can be used on the face and will not sting the eyes- ‘tearless’ formula.

Tropiclean Ultimate Paw Treatment  Treat your pet to a respite of tranquillity and splendour. The brilliant combination of vanilla and milk thistle lulls your pet to a calm revitalizing paw treatment. Your pet will also be surrounded by moisturising bubbles accented with vitamin enriched bath oils. The Spa fragrance is an inspired blend of vanilla and warm linden. Spa Bubble Bath soothes their paws and leaves your pet feeling refreshed


Made With Only the Best ingredients, Madra Mór Mud Products are free of harsh detergents and drugs that can compromise your dog’s health in unforeseen ways. Their products enhance your dog’s health from the outside through skin absorption and are loaded with minerals and essential fatty acids. Feel comfortable and confident that you are rejuvenating your canine’s skin while gently cleansing with Madra Mór nutrient rich mud bath treatments.

Madra Mor Soothing Mud – Soothing Mud uses mineral rich clay with high concentrations of colloidal oatmeal and nourishing, healing ingredients such as organic aloe vera powder, Allantion, borage oil, rice bran oil, Vitamin E and Zinc. These time tested skin care ingredients promote healthy cell regeneration, ease irritation related to itchy and scratchy skin, and hydrate dry skin.

Madra Mor Mobility Mud – Mobility Mud, the perfect amount of peppermint & menthol for the skin to feel cool & refreshed! A stimulating, energizing mud bath treatment for healthy skin, a soft coat and relief from minor aches and pains. Invigorate your athletic, arthritic, or ageing family member! Like all Madra Mór dog skin products, Mobility Mud is made with fine, nutrient rich, hypo-allergenic clay and a line-up of powerful, nourishing ingredients, to form a creamy, mousse like texture: Aloe Vera Whole Leaf Dried Powder, Borage Oil (Omega Fatty Essential Acid), and Rice Bran Oil (Rich in Antioxidants) Vitamin E, Zinc and Allantion. Mother Nature’s best ingredients that cleanse, ex-foliate, feed to promote healthy cell regeneration.