Little Shop Of Howlers

At what age should I start getting my puppy groomed?

January 11, 2014
We are often asked when should a puppy first get groomed and we always suggest the sooner the better, especially if it is a breed that will require regular haircuts throughout its life.  You want to establish a positive experience as quickly as possible so that the puppy associates grooming with positive rewards like undivided attention, treats, playtime, other fun and exciting smells and sounds to explore.  If you have a short hair breed that does not need as much professional grooming then it is still a good idea to get them into the shop or self serve so they can be socialized and grow accustomed to the process. 

For breeds who will require regular grooming we strongly suggest scheduling your baby for their first visit before they need a haircut.  This is because the first time they are brought in there are new people, new smells, new sounds, new feels, it can be a lot to take in at once so if we can cut back on some of the stimulation overload by only doing a bath and brush out the first time in it is very beneficial.  Also, the clippers can sound scary for a new puppy so we like to introduce a little at a time.  Coming in for a bath, blowdry and some loving and playtime is much easier for the new baby to absorb than trying to do a full haircut all at once. 

Puppies are notoriously wiggly for their first few haircuts.  Again, all new sounds and feels means they are more intent on exploring than getting their hair done.  We do not push puppies past what we think they are capable of handling on these first few visits so we always remind owners that their haircuts will get better with time, but between wiggly puppy antics and the floppy and fine texture of puppy coat there will be some room for improvement.  Grooming requires training a dog how to stand on the table and have each leg lifted and handled.  This is a process and some pups take a little longer than others but you cannot push them if they are not ready, so we must work on their timeline.  Thankfully one can't get upset with a puppy cause they are just too darn cute so even if you want them to stand and they sit 450 times they look at you with those eyes and you just melt.  :)

Remember that while grooming can be a little nerve wracking at first, both for pet and owner, the best way to get them used to the whole process is to come regularly.  We also love surprise visits just to say hi so your pet gets accustomed to the sounds and smells without having to go through the whole process.  In this way you are creating a firm foundation of positive experiences for your pet's grooming future.  Routine is essential and regular groomings help reinforce that it is not a bad thing to get cleaned, but instead they can see and feel the rewards: clean dog, happy owner, matt and pest free, win win situation for everyone. 

There is nothing quite as rewarding as seeing a puppy who was apprehensive at first come back and after only a few visits comes bounding in with confidence and peace.  That is how you as a responsible pet owner can create a lifetime of happiness for yourself and your pet, by giving them the gift of confidence that routine and regular groomings from an early age can bring. 
 

Tina and Pluto update

January 11, 2014
Whew!! What a way to end 2013...as you'll recall Tina became the proud mama of a sweet German Shepherd named Pluto in November. Well, not two weeks after Pluto came home, he decided to go on a walkabout by himself. I got the frantic text from Tina saying he had been missing for about 4 hours and that she wouldn't be making it into work the next day.  Immediately I drove to her house with my dog, Bear, to walk with Tina through the bitterly cold woods surrounding her house. We called for him, ...
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2013 Recap

January 11, 2014
Well, Little Shop had a great year. After 3 years of being in our new location it was time to start settling in, though I feel that's a process that never really ends, only progresses. So the "Summer of Little Shop" began.  First we added some new windows to the bathing room which helped with some of the noise pollution in the rest of the salon. We want a spa like atmosphere and having the constant hum from the dryers was not helping the situation. Now, however, it is much more pleasant upon ...
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The Circle of Life

November 10, 2013
On Oct 19, Tina headed out for her favorite destination, Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah.  Little did she know the pendulum of emotions she would be put through in only a few short days.  While there she was volunteering with the dogs and cats.  Tuesday, the 22nd, she had blocked off as a day she was going to be "off campus" and exploring the surrounding area with its majestic canyons and state parks.  Well, before she had the chance to begin her journey, she received a call from h...
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How'd it go?

November 10, 2013
The Open House was a huge hit!  We had a great time and a great crowd.  The vendors were awesome.  The Shabby to Chic makeover went great and we are happy to say that we know of 3 dogs that were adopted this past week since participating in the event.  Happy those dogs are able to go to their new homes fresh and clean.  Strut Your Stuffed was a hit as well.  The kids really got into showing off their favorite stuffed pets.  Visit our Facebook page or Twitter to see pictures.  Thank you all fo...
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Open House Extravaganza is here again!

October 27, 2013
We cannot wait to have another Open House Event.  We had so much fun last year and was able to get several pets adopted due to our Shabby to Chic makeover competition.  You do not want to miss all the fun we have in store for you, your family and most importantly your pets.  

The first of two main events that Little Shop will be hosting is the Shabby to Chic shelter pet makeover.  We have invited local groomers from New England and the tri state area to enter and groom a shelter pet that is in...
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Happy Birthday to.....uussss!!!!

September 29, 2013
Tuesday is Little Shop's 8th birthday!  Be sure to come in and wish us well and receive a free nail trim.  We will also be handing out raffle tickets for a free grooming to anyone who stops in on Tuesday, October 1, 2013.  Raffle winner will be announced on our FaceBook page on Wednesday Oct 2.  

This has been a great 8 years and I thank all our wonderful customers who have helped us grow.  We hope to continue to offer you the highest quality pet care and cutting edge styles in CT.  Thank you ...
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Get ready!! It's almost Open House time!!

September 29, 2013
I am so excited!  One of the highlights of my year is the shop Open House Event! We have so much fun planned, I can barely contain myself.  Be sure to tell your friends and family and come down to enjoy the festivities.  

We will have crafts, games, prizes, raffles, face painting, temporary pet tattoos and bling, pet portraiture, a mock dog show for ages 2-12 (BYO stuffed animal), a rescue pet grooming competition Shabby to Chic, agility demos, a phenomenal pet photographer, pet pro Q&A, and s...
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Back from the land of chocolate!

September 29, 2013
Last week I was in Hershey, PA for one of the biggest trade shows in the country, Groom Expo.  I competed with three dogs and taught a seminar on Sunday with my friend and colleague, Jill, owner of Manetame Grooming Salon in NY. Friday afternoon I competed with Clare, my Kerry Blue Terrier in the All Other Purebreds class.  This class consists of breeds that do not fit into the other classes but are still trimmed to breed standards, such as Bichons, Porties, and hand scissored terriers (vs. h...
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And the nominees are.....

September 1, 2013
Wow wow wow!!! I (Erin) am so honored to be nominated alongside my friend and colleague, Jill.  This past year, Jill and I began speaking together at trade shows around the country.  We began competing in 2006 at the same show, Intergroom in New Jersey.  At the time we did not know each other, but soon began driving to shows together to help cut costs and immediately a friendship was born.  Now as we speak together, our years of experience both in grooming and in life help mesh to make for ve...
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