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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a price list?

We sure do. Check it out here

Why aren't there set prices?

That's because there are many differences from dog to dog, or cat to cat. Pricing is subject to the following variables:

COAT - Breed type, such as smooth coat, wire coat, curly coat, double coat etc. Also coat condition, is the coat in good condition, or is it heavily matted?

SIZE - The size of the breed - is it a large or small or toy size breed? 

TEMPERAMENT - Does the animal stand on the table and cooperate easily or is the animal fearful, aggressive or tired. Can the dog stand for long, and is it easy to manoeuvre? 

AGE - Puppies/kittens vs adults vs senior all range in pricing. 

STYLE - Is the style relatively easy for us to do or does it require lots of detail and time. 

Why was I quoted differently over the phone or priced differently last time?

Grooming prices are subject to variables. For example, the coat condition may not be as good as it was described over the phone. Or maybe the dog is having a bad day and its temperament makes it hard to groom, or maybe the dog has grown from being a puppy and now takes longer to groom.

If asked before the groom, we will always  provide you with a quote. If something arises as we are doing the groom (such as the dog has fleas or the dog isn't coping as well as usual) we will contact you via phone to inform you of the price change and have your consent to continue the groom. 

What is your cancellation fee?

We have a 24-hour cancellation policy. If the groom is cancelled less than 24-hours before the appointment time, you will incur a cancellation fee of 50% of the cost of the groom. 

If three appointments are missed without giving notice, we then require you to pre-pay prior to scheduling any future appointments, and appointment fees will not be refunded if the appointment is missed again.

Some grooms can take over three hours, and that is precious time we would love to fill and is made more difficult with little notice.

Of course, if you let us know you're unable to make your appointment with more than 24-hours notice, then there's no fee.



How long does the groom take?

It’s difficult to know in advance how long a grooming session will take. Again, it depends on variables like the style of groom you want, the condition of the coat, and how cooperative the animal is feeling on the day.

We can give you an estimate when you book (you'll notice this if you book online) or when you come in, but we will call to notify you   15 minutes from the completion of the groom.  

Please allow a minimum of two hours when booking. 

How often should my dog come in for grooming?

I'm sure you're sick of this answer now but again, the answer to this has many variables; the dog's breed, the condition of the coat, the lifestyle of the dog, how long you would like to keep your pooch's hair, and how much at-home maintenance you are willing to put in.

However, as a rough guide:

- Short haired dogs should be groomed about once a month.

- Long haired dogs which require clipping, should be clipped every four to eight weeks, with in-between clip visits ("Bath & Tidy") every two to three weeks to maintain the condition of the coat.

After your appointment, we will recommend when we think your pet will need its next groom.

How often should my cat come in for grooming?

Cats don't require grooming as frequently as dogs because they are good at maintaining their own cleanliness. Cat grooming often isn't within a set time period, it is more specific to your cat's particular circumstances and observation. 

Some things to consider are whether your cat's coat is unclean or has excess oil, or maybe your cat can't clean itself as well as it used to, perhaps the cat's coat has become too long and needs a hygiene trim, or perhaps your cat's hair is shedding everywhere. 

It is up to you to determine when your cat needs a groom. 



My pet hates being groomed, what should I do?

The key is to let us know this when booking! Being upfront and honest helps us avoid any unpleasant surprises, helps us schedule in more time so your pet isn't rushed and allows us to be more aware of your pet's needs. 

Secondly, try not to fret. Your pet will sense your anxiety and we do not want to feed into their worries. 

The two most common issues we see are fear of drying and fear of nail clipping. There might be times where the dog will have to go home towel dried or have to be muzzled for nails. We will do absolutely everything we can before it gets to this, but we want the most humane and safe outcome for both the animal and groomer.

There are times when it may be better for you stay with the pet during their groom to ease their stress; however, in most cases the dog will be better if you're out of sight and earshot for the entirety of the groom. 

Additionally, it helps to visit more frequently. Not only will regular exposure help the animal get used to the process, but it also means appointments can be shorter and more pleasant.

Please be advised that we do not sedate animals in this salon. If the animal is too distressed we will advise you of this, and refer them to a vet. 

My pet has anxiety, what should I do?

The first step is to let us know so we can best accomodate your pet. For example, if your dog is anxious around other dogs we can schedule an early or late appointment to avoid contact with other dogs. 

We definitely recommend that your anxious pet expends as much energy as possible before the appointment. Getting out energy lowers nervous energy and helps us in calming, comforting and communicating with the pet during its groom.

If your animal is on medication, please make sure they have not missed any doses in the week leading up to the groom. 

When dropping off your pet, please try to stay calm. Having an air of confidence will show your animal that grooming is nothing to be feared and they are in safe hands. 

In extreme cases, we might discuss if it would be more helpful for you to stay during the groom.

My dog is aggressive, what should I do?

Again, please tell us in advance. 

If your dog can be handled safely with a muzzle, we are willing to accomodate your dog. However, we may ask that you stay for the groom. 

If your dog requires more than one handler to be groomed, we ask that you go to a larger salon or consult your vet so that your dog's needs are more adequately met. We have many wonderful contacts we can recommend, and are happy to assist you in finding an appropriate solution upon request.

My cat is aggressive, what should I do?

Many people see their cats as "aggressive" during a groom. This is not always the case but please notify us ahead of the appointment so we can make accomodations. 

If your cat is aggressive but is able to be handled with your assistance, we will ask that you stay for the groom. If your cat is aggressive but we are able to continue with Personal Protective Equipment (such as gloves or cat grooming bags) we will discuss this with you prior to the appointment and will require you to sign a permission form. 

Don't stress too much! We will find a solution for your cat. 



What age can my puppy be groomed?

We advise that your puppy comes in as soon as it has competed its vaccinations. We offer a Puppy Groom which isn't as intensive as a full groom but is more about introducing the puppy to the grooming process. 

While you wait for your puppy to be old enough to have its first groom, we recommend you start the process at home! Light brushing, playing with their toes, and even using the vibrations of an electric toothbrush on their back are ways in which you can help the puppy become accustomed to grooming.

What age can my kitten be groomed?

We advise that your kitten comes in after it has competed its vaccines. 

We recommend a kitten groom to introduce your kitten to the experience of grooming. You can read more about that by clicking the button below.

My pet is very old, can you groom them?

As your pet ages there is a strong focus on providing your pet healthiness, comfort, and practicality above anything else. Things like fancy or complicated traditional style grooms or hair colouring are discouraged. We want to get your pet in and out in as little time and with as little fuss as possible. We do not perform high velocity drying for older animals as many have hearing loss and the experience can cause stress. Instead, we use towel and hand drying. 

If your pet is of advanced age, please let us know so we can make the necessary accomodations. 


Is there anything I should bring or do for the groom?


  • Bring your dog on a secure harness/collar and leash.
  • Bring your cat in a carrier
  • Toilet your dog before grooming
  • Bring in your own treats if your dog has dietary requirements 
  • Walk your dog before the groom. This helps the dog get out energy and settle them for the groom. 


  • Bring any toys or bedding (these can cause arguments).
  • Hang around for long unless otherwise advised. Your pet loves you and will be distracted for the groom (we say it is like dropping your human kids off at daycare, rip the bandaid off quick!)

Can I stick around and watch the groom?

We strongly advise against this. We understand you might be curious and you love spending time with your pet but generally, animals remain calmer and more cooperative for the groomer when their human isn't present. We use sharp equipment on the animals and require their full attention for their safety. When you're present, the animal will understandably want to be with you, taking focus off the groomer and making it hard for them to sit still and cooperate. Occasionally there are exceptional circumstances and we will discuss this with you.

Will my animal be kept in a cage?

Yes. While some salons boast about being "cage free", this is not always safe for either the pets or the groomers. We do our best to keep your animal outside of a crate and/or roaming around with us, but some animals get frightened or aggressive around other animals, or are at risk of being stood on or injured. We are not willing to risk anyone's safety or happiness.

Please don't be alarmed though! Your animal will only ever require minimal time in a crate because we schedule our appointments to ensure your pet isn‘t with us for extended periods outside of their allocated grooming time, and we contact you approximately 15 minutes before the groom is completed. 

If your animal has any issues with being crated, please let us know prior to your appointment so we can accomodate the animal's needs.

Can I pop into the salon for services?

Our salon is by appointment only and we do not take walk-ins. This helps us provide a more quiet and predictable environment for our animal clients. 

Will I be charged if I cancel my appointment?

We have a 24-hour cancellation policy. If the groom is cancelled less than 24-hours before the appointment time, you will incur a cancellation fee of 50% of the cost of the groom. 

If three appointments are missed without giving notice, we then require you to pre-pay prior to scheduling any future appointments, and appointment fees will not be refunded if the appointment is missed again.

Some grooms can take over three hours, and that is precious time we would love to fill and is made more difficult with little notice.

Of course, if you let us know you're unable to make your appointment with more than 24-hours notice, then there's no fee.

Do I have to fill in any forms?

You are required to sign a consent and release form before your first groom (standard industry practice.) You can find this form by clicking here



What hygiene practices do you have?

Our business takes health, hygiene and safety extremely seriously. You can read more about our health practices by clicking here

What happens if my pet has fleas?

If you are aware that your pet has fleas, we ask that you keep the animal away from the salon until it has undergone flea treatment. This will help stop the spread of fleas in our salon. 

If you are unaware your animal has fleas and we discover this during the appointment, we will still carry out the groom but will charge extra for the clean down. Just like vomiting in a taxi, we have to make sure we disinfect everything to protect other customers! 

We do not provide flea treatments at our salon as we believe it is best for you to talk to a qualified vet or veterinary nurse about what options are best for your animal.  

My dogs has a cough, what should I do?

Bordetella (bacterial kennel cough) and Parainfluenza (viral kennel cough) are extremely contagious and we cannot risk any of our clients becoming infected and getting sick. 

Please contact us immediately to reschedule your appointment and we hope your pup feels better soon. 

My pet has seizures, can you still groom them?

Yes, we can. However, despite having experience in Animal First Aid, we want to make sure we take every precaution possible for your pet. Please make sure your Emergency Vet information is up-to-date, and that you provide us with instructions should you have a specific medical plan. If your pet requires your presence during the groom, please advise us beforehand (due to Covid-19 restrictions.)

What Covid-19 measures have you implemented?

We have a strict one customer in the studio policy, and are adhering to social distancing practices. We also provide hand sanitiser upon arrival. If you have exceptional circumstances which require you to self-isolate and you cannot travel, we are also providing a $15 pick-up and drop off service for the following suburbs: Yarraville, Footscray, Kingsville, Seddon, Newport and Spotswood. If you are outside this area, please get in contact with us as we may still may be able to arrange this service at a negotiated price.