We “Groom to Relaxation” in our Dayspa…
diggiddydoggydayspa is exactly that, a dayspa for dogs! From essential maintenance to a personally styled full clip our stylists in the diggiddydoggydayspa will tend to your dogs every whim in our crate free relaxed environment. Our spa has a delicious menu of organic products infused with essential oils for the most fussiest of dogs. Your doggy will feel revitalised and ready to take on the world!
Our spa is a crate free environment and our point of difference is that we “groom to relaxation”. It’s no secret that being groomed is not a dogs favourite past time so we at diggiddy have created a very special environment and a grooming technique which the dogs have a say in how their grooming experience should be as an individual doggy. For example, we take the time to massage and calm a nervous client so as the grooming experience is as least stressful as possible. The clock is not a consideration in the diggiddy dayspa, it’s all about the dogs and how they are responding to their grooming experience. The dogs are “free range” in the spa area and there are many of our daycare clients who luuuuurve the extra attention they receive in the dayspa.
essential spa bath
Includes brush out, warm bubble bath with massages and wet cuddles using specially formulated totally organic and chemical free shampoo and conditioner specific to the coat type, relaxing massages, blow dry OR hand dry (depending on the dog’s preference), nail trim, ears cleaned and mist of perfume and consultation on pick up
Small short / long 55 / 65
Medium short / long 60 / 70
Large short / long 65 / 75
Extra Large short / long 75 / 85
Additional charges may occur when a dog has excessive dirt, double coat, matted OR fleas exclusive spa – daycare & dayspa package receive a full day of play for the price of half day.
exclusive spa bath – receive a full day of play for the price of half day with this service
Includes brush out, warm bubble bath with massages and wet cuddles using specially formulated totally organic and chemical free shampoo and conditioner specific to the coat type, relaxing massages, blow dry OR hand dry (depending on the dog’s preference), pawdicure & nail trim, ears cleaned, Brazilian, scissoring of pads, paws, tail, face, ears and mist of perfume and consultation on pick up.
Small short / long 75 / 85
Medium short / long 85 / 95
Large short / long 95 / 105
Extra large short / long 105 / 115
Additional charges may occur when a dog has excessive dirt, double coat, matted OR fleas. Please note that this does not include a full body clip.
full clip spa – receive a full day of play for the price of half day with this service
Includes professional tailored clip, brush out, warm bubble bath with massages and wet cuddles using specially formulated totally organic and chemical free shampoo and conditioner specific to the coat type, blow dry OR hand dry (depending on the dog’s preference), more massages & cuddles, pawdicure & nail trim, ears cleaned, Brazilian, scissor to perfection and mist of perfume with a consultation on pick up
Small short / long 95 / 105
Medium short / long 105 / 120
Large short / long 115 / 135
Extra large short / long 125 / 155
Breed Specific Styling (show clips) – additional for all sizes 20
All above prices depend on the condition of your dog’s coat, skin, fleas etc. Upon arrival, your dog will be examined by our expert staff and you will then be informed of a more exact cost and time of completion extra treatments – additional charge & in conjunction with a bath treatment
Flea shampoo treatment 20
a la carte menu – these items can be ordered without requiring a bath
Back, neck and paw massage using aromatherapy products for 20 minutes 55
Brazilian – pain free, under belly fur removal, great for summer or dirty dawgs from 20
Breath freshen & gum massage – with peppermint gel 20
Ear cleaning – no hair plucking or removal 15
Ear plucking 25
Facial – tidy up of eyes, muzzle, mouth & ears from 20
Flea or worm treatment 20
Nail Painting – including full pawdicure service 55
Nail trim 15
Pawdicure – includes nail trim, Shea butter paw balm to massage into the pads 20
Pick and delivery service – price negotiable
Groom to Relaxation Tips for Dedicated Owners
Here at diggiddydoggydaycare® we do things a little bit different. We have introduced the term into the market of grooming to relaxation. This process has helped so many clients to overcome fears and turned it around so they now love to be groomed. At times when grooming maintenance is not done regularly the session at the groomers can be not only painful and sometimes very risky it is also highly upsetting for the groomer to see the state that dog. For this we must bring to your attention a few easy steps that can be put in place to help keep your dogs coat healthy, matt free and free from the emotional distress that can be a result of lack in grooming. Without this your dog may never enjoy experience of grooming. The more maintenance in place at home, less chance of felting and matting the more relaxing brush/comb/grooming sessions will be for your dog.
One of the main reasons for educating our human clients about the health requirements of grooming really comes down to making sure that you are aware of the added benefits that come from these sessions together:
- Early detection of ailments, grass seeds, lumps, and many other changes – this saves on so many trips to the vet sometimes when it is too late
- A matt free dog is a happy dog, on top of matts causing skin irritations, they can also be the cause of some injuries, a dog will adjust his/her movement to stop the pain of fur pulling in movement, this is similar to compensating for an injured ligament which over time can cause bone and muscle depletion.
- Bonding time, learning how to be assertive and calm with your dog and teaching your dog at the same time to relax and enjoy being groomed.
It starts with touching. Touch your dog all over from the tip of the nose, inside of ears, around eyes, underside of paws and pads, up and down legs, etc. You can do this via massage. A nice firm massage not only has medical benefits for muscles, ligaments and blood flow, it also helps the coat and encourages production of their natural oils. If a dog is not used to be touched they can build up intolerance behaviour and only link this to being at the vet or the groomer of which some unpleasant things may have happened. Commonly dogs will have a fear with touching legs and paws as this is linked only with the strange feeling of having their nail trimmed or matt being removed from between their pads, or the pain of grass seeds, skin irritations due to matting (not allowing the skin to breathe), etc. You can help your dog with this easy and relaxing step, so we ask why aren’t you?
Most matting is developed from external influences such as fleas, skin disorders and not brushing or not cleaning, combing out and drying their coat after they gets wet. Our dogs enjoy the doggy fun of life; playing in the puddles at the local parks, rolling in dead things and swimming in the bay. All of these things may not be so nice to our nose or good for their coat if left to fester. It is important to know that the puddles at the parks can harbour parasites and the bay high in pollutants and debris that can result in matting, skin irritations and sometimes worse, a trip to the vet for medical assistance. Rinsing their coat and brushing through to remove the above mentioned will ensure your dog’s coat & skin remains healthy.
Different types of coats matt differently. Many high maintenance coat types do not have the maintenance in place at home. It is essential for all shedding dogs (this does include all poodle mixes) to have their under-coat be removed for the skin can breathe.
Tool kit for maintenance grooming and bathing products for smooth coat dogs:
- Good drying towel
- Nail trimmers (never do this unless you are confident and have been properly trained by a professional)
- Undercoat rake
- Ear and eye cleaner or a saline mix for cleaning around eyes
- Make up pads for ear cleaning and around eyes
- Dog Shampoo to clean the coat
- Dog Conditioner to replenish natural oils, and lengthen time between bathing, ensure health of coat and skin
Additional items for dogs with all other dogs:
- De-tangling Spray
- Sharp scissors for matt splitting (only do this if you are confident working with scissors)
- De-matting Comb – rotating teeth to glide through heavy matting or de-matting rake
- Steel comb – Medium
Working through those matts
To de-matt, you need your de-matting comb (rotating teeth), a steel comb, a slicker brush (a brush with fine steel needle-like pins), and sharp scissors. There a number of sprays and detangling aids for purchase to further assist with problematic areas (or you could mix up a diluted conditioner/water mix in a spray bottle which may also be suitable). Have your dog lie down and relax with massages. It is much easier to work on each section according how he/she wants to lie naturally and much easier if they are in a comfortable position. If you spend your whole time fighting with them to stay still it becomes very exhausting for the both of you. It is imperative to practice control and be assertive yet calm with your dog so they can relax knowing you are condiment about what you are doing. Be sure not to pull on the fur, you must ensure you are firmly holding the tangle between the skin and the knot before combing it out to prevent discomfort.
Combing out stubborn or large matts
- Take the matt between your fingers and try to separate it gently. Dividing the matt into small sections saves the loss of too much hair. If separating it by hand is impossible, this is where skill may be required in the assistance of the sharp scissors (as mentioned this should only be done if you are confident and must be done with very sharp scissors, otherwise book him in immediately with a groomer to have them split the matt for you).
- Lift the matt away from the skin and slide the scissors between the tangle and the skin. Hold the scissors so they are just ajar and you are using the blades on their own to slice through, you are not literally cutting with scissors. With a gentle see saw motion (holding the scissor blades in a fixed slightly ajar position) working from the base to the end; slice the matt into several sections. Be very careful to position the blades so you slice away from the skin. Sometimes you can use a crochet hook to pick the matt apart before using the scissors as this helps to loosen a little and also safer to separate the matting when it is very close to the skin.
- Once the matt is broken into smaller tangles, use a detangling comb to loosen further and team this up with a slicker brush to begin brushing it out. Start at the ends of the hair and work your way to the skin. After the brush & detangling comb gets most of the tangles out, take the steel comb and remove any fine hair that still may be knotted. Test to see if you have removed all the matts by running the steel comb through the fur, making sure you are concentrating that you are lifting the coat from the skin upwards. If it does not get caught, you have a de-matted dog.
Never bathe your dog when they have matts or felted in any way, water can make this knotting worse – once the matts are wet they are near impossible to untangle. Brush out as much as possible before bathing. Then do some more combing and brushing while the conditioner on their coat.
- Wet your doggy down all over, be careful not to allow water to flow into the ears. Massage the water through to the skin at the same time.
- Talk to them softly, sing to them and encourage it to be a relaxing experience, but control at all times is a must if they are misbehaving and to prevent injury if they are left to twist or around and protest.
- Add Shampoo to massages and continue to massage it through the coat to skin for 5-10 minutes making sure you are getting into all areas including paws and pads.
- Rinse all shampoo from coat and skin once you are satisfied your doggy is clean. It important to ensure all traces of shampoo is washed out as it can irritate the skin if left for long periods. Expel as much water from the dog, by running your hands over entire body and all joints.
- Add conditioner and work through using massage again, by now they should be looking at you lovingly and you both relaxed and warmed up.
- Clean ears and eyes (especially tear stains and build up) using your eye and ear cleaner and make up pads/tissue, ensure the ear flaps are free of grime/dirt, DO NOT USE COTTON BUDS INSIDE THE EARS – the tips can fall off; the dog is liable to shake sending it deeper into the canal causing irritation and discomfort.
- Rinse all conditioner from the coat and skin and expel as much water as you can with your hands.
- Towel dry thoroughly while still in bath or shower. Place towel on the floor to avoid slippage and allow dog to exit bath or shower once touch dry.
- Let them do a bit of celebration if safe to do so.
- Completely drying you pup with a hairdryer. Ensure the dryer is on the warm setting (medium) never set to the hottest. Always start the hairdryer away from the dog in order to get them comfortable with the noise first up; use massage and voice to calm. Keep the dryer on the move constantly as you would when drying your own hair, but slow calm movements will help to keep the dog calm. Dog’s skin is much more sensitive than our own and at risk of incurring skin burns if dried irresponsibly.
- Talk to them throughout the process, encourage relaxation, massages, add in a few sweet songs. Treats can also keep them focused on something else when you have problem areas to attend to.
- Brush and combed fur will always dry quicker so use the dematting spray on any minor knotted areas left and brush through. Continue using the brush throughout drying, the dryer will part the coat allowing you to brush through the undercoat. Continue drying until coat to skin is completely dry on every part of the dog, especially paws.
- Ears are difficult to dry without causing discomfort, best to comb these out, free of all matting and dry as best as possible working to the dogs limitations.
- Take your dog out of the bathroom for a good rewarding play session with their favourite toy. Keep in mind you don’t wash your dog so they won’t ever get dirty again; you wash your dog to make sure they stay healthy and can continue to have dirty doggy fun times without the matts and skin irritations.