The Complete Guide to
Dog Nail Trimming
The Groomer Chick Experience
- Betty is a Dog Groomer and Dog Trainer with over 40, All Five Star Yelp Reviews.
- Betty grooms her clients from start to finish
- 100% Cage and Cage Dryer Free
- Positive Reinforcement with your dog’s favorite treats and toys
- Dog Centered, Relaxing, Familiar Environment: Only one household’s pets / booked appointment (up to 3 doggies at a time) so no other dogs will be around but mine.
- Only one dog in the spotlight at a time. Comfortable resting/napping spot in the grooming room for the rest of same household members.
- Pee/Poop Breaks are included (Start, Finish and hourly in between) direct access to fenced in yard from grooming shop.
- Fresh (hairless) Drinking Water Access at all times (changed after each appointment).
- All Canine hair Types & Hair Length
- Puppy, Adult, Elderly dogs
- Beginners, Sensitive or Reactive dogs with previous bad or no grooming experience
- Dogs with amputated leg, docked tail, cropped ears or paralyzed dogs (they need special attention, due to more sensitivity around specific areas)
- Visually and/or Hearing Impaired dogs
Gentle Grooming Techniques
- No “Chin Lock” Holding for grooming or positioning the head (“Chin Lock” = Grabbing hair under the chin to keep the dog still or rotate the head) I rather hold the muzzle gently with 2 fingers only (1 on top & 1 on bottom) and provide a low distraction environment to prevent wiggle.
- The Canine client is moving Free on the table by default throughout the grooming with Betty’s 100% focus on him/her at all times.
- No Grooming Loops (but in the tub for beginner doggies, due to safety reasons)
- No muzzles
- No harnesses, or any sort of physical tightening to the table
- Exceptional Grooming on the Floor for Elderly dogs / Puppies / Beginners if necessary.
- No phone calls answered while Betty is grooming due to safety reasons.
Dog Centered Grooming Workflow
- No Routine Anal Gland Expressions, but yes routine anal gland Checkups.
- No Routine Ear Flushing. (Do not fix what is not broken! Supporting healthy ear flora by letting it be.)
- Betty uses ceramic clipper blades (they take longer to overheat and leave a lot more even haircut on the coat)
- Betty carefully and frequently checks the clipper blade temperature on herself (pressing the blade to her wrist for 5 seconds and changes the blades when necessary to avoid clipper burns on the dogs)
- Full Body Brush out, Deshedding, Dematting Before the Bath (No high-velocity blow dryer use on the highest setting to open up matted hair, because that is not comfortable for the dog.)
- Gentle Nail Care timed after the bath (unless they are extra long and bothering the dog)
- Nail Length Evaluation
- Dog Behaviour Evaluation
- Paw Rinse and nail scrub if necessary (muddy toenails)
- Paw pad Hair Trim
- “Paw Pad Boomerang” Trim
- “Toe Mohawk” Trim
- Gentle Nail Trim (Pressure and Pain-Free)
- Gentle Hand Nail File (Pressure and Pain-Free)
- Paw Hair Brush out (it gets scruffy after holding the feet and positioning toes)
- Paw hair shape up (top of the feet)
- Nail Length, Dog Behavior Evaluation
- Further Home Nail Care Suggestions if needed
- Frequent Pee Breaks
- Immediate pickup at the time of finished haircut
Gentle Grooming Equipment Only
- quiet hand blow dryers
- quiet clippers
demattingrake use (a slicker brush will open up the hair so much more gentle. I do one by one sheartrim for stubborn mats.)
- No de-shedding rake use (a slicker brush, bath, blow-drying will remove all the undercoat gently.)
- No electric Nail Grinders
- Gentle Detangling/Dematting/Deshedding (slicker brush, comb, rounded tip shears)
- Yes Rich Conditioner to help Brushing, Deshedding, Dematting at home
- No Deshedding Shampoos, etc.)
- Hand Blow Drying Only, No Cage Dryers at all
- Natural, Chemical Free Shampoos, Conditioners
- Natural and or Eco-Friendly Grooming and Cleaning Supplies
- No Bows
- No Bandanas
- No Hair Dying
- No Fake Nails
- No Nail Painting
- No Pony Tails
- No 3D Haircuts (e.g. turtle shape cut in St. Poodle's hair. Google it!)
- No Whitening or Darkening Shampoos
- No Perfumes or Colognes
- No leave in Shampoo or leave in Conditioner
- No Dog Show Preparations
- Customized Grooming Needs and Home Grooming Equipment Recommendation especially for your dog breed and hair type and hair length (Maintenance Between 2 groomings or Full Home Grooming Needs & Equipment)
- Professional Grooming Details Form (in case you move and want to make it a smooth provider switch with the same hair style)
- One on One "Dog Centered Grooming" Tutorial for Dog Owners, Breeders, Groomers, etc.
- Custom Tutorial Link Packages to fix behavioral and or socialization problems
Jean M. – Austin, TX
"Wow! My dog and I won the lottery when we found Betty! She is the BEST of the BEST!. I've hated taking my dog to get groomed...he was always just a dog to get done. Betty treated him with the most gentle and loving manner. He was NEVER anxious with her. Her rates are amazing! (I tipped her handsomely.) My dog got a TERRIFIC trim...with no anxiety or angst! I LOVE BETTY!"
Tom B. – Leander, TX
"Betty treated my dog like she was some kind of doggy royalty. My dog appeared to thoroughly enjoy her visit and looked great afterwards. On the ride home, she was very calm like she had just come back from some sort of doggy yoga or spa experience. We'll be back again."
Ericka W. – Austin, TX
"She is fabulous! She truly loves working with the animals, and does a wonderful job. She definitely goes above and beyond."