Dog Grooming Done Right at Lucky Puppy Grooming

1407 N Young St, Kennewick, WA 99336

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We Treat Your Fur Babies Like Our Own

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Since 2010 Kim Snoddy, the current owner of Lucky Puppy Grooming  has been grooming animals. Kim is known for her sincere love and care of animals as well as a true skill for grooming. In 2018 Kim purchased Happy Tails Spa in Kennewick and invested in her love of animals by becoming a business owner. When you take your pet to Lucky Puppy Grooming you can be assured your pet will get the care they need. Sometimes animals can get anxious about getting groomed. With Kim's personal touch and love each pet is treating like her own.


Over the years Kim and her staff have gained a reputation for being top notch groomers where some of their customers travel for over 100 miles just to have their pet groomed by Kim and her staff. This is a true reflection of the care and quality of service that Kim and her staff offer. If you are looking for a quality groomer and want to make sure your pet is handled with the same love you show to your pet then contact Lucky Puppy Grooming today.

Reliable and Trustworthy Caretakers

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When you live a busy life, it is hard to consistently provide the attention and care that your babies can need. With years of satisfied owners and loved pets, you can rely on us to care for your babies when you're away.  

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We are always prepared for any pet's needs and ensure that your baby will receive the best care and love. Their happiness and care is our priority, and we strive to provide a service we would want our own babies to receive. 

Lucky Puppy Grooming Tip #1 - Matted Fur

Lucky Puppy Grooming in Kennewick, WA has been grooming pets in the Tri-Cities for over 8 years. We have a reputation not just for our quality of  work but also for how we work with pets. We groom with the same care as if it was our pet. So if you're looking for a new groomer consider Lucky Puppy Grooming in Kennewick as an option for your pets new groomer. Fixing matted fur can create a lot of anxiety and even pain for your pet. Here is a helpful tip for how to loosen up that matted fur.

Lucky Puppy Grooming Tip #2 Cutting Nails

Cutting your pets nails can sometimes be quite difficult. If you can't wait to get to your groomer to cut your dogs nails then here are some tips from Kim Snoddy the owner and operator of Lucky Puppy Grooming in Kennewick, WA. Cutting your pets nails typically isn't very fun for your pet. It is an unfamiliar feeling for them and they may try to resist it. These tips will help your pet feel a little more comfortable.

Lucky Puppy Grooming Tip #3 - Scooping Pads

Lucky Puppy Grooming in located in Kennewick, WA. The owner and operator Kim Snoddy has been grooming pets since 2010 and has acquired a solid reputation of offering great care for the client/pet. Scooping pads is something that can often go unnoticed. Kim's simple techniques can help alleviate the anxiety of your pet and make their grooming experience less traumatic.

Lucky Puppy Grooming Tip #4 - Getting Used to Clippers

The vibration of the grooming clippers can cause a lot of stress and anxiety to your pet. At Lucky Puppy Grooming in Kennewick, WA the owner Kim shares some of her techniques and tips for pet owners to help helps get used to the stressful sounds and vibrations that pets hear and feel while being groomed.

Lucky Puppy Grooming Guide

All dog owners know how important regular dog grooming is for their furry friend.  Like with people, regular grooming helps your pet feel good, energetic, and promotes a sense of well-being.  Some grooming tasks can often be done at home by owners for their pet. Others are best left to professional groomers, vets, and other trained experts.  The exact grooming needs and frequency for your dog will vary based on the breed, hair type, and activity level.  However, regardless of your dog’s needs, Lucky Puppy Grooming can help.  


We’ve compiled this comprehensive guide to basic dog grooming tasks, equipment and supplies needs, and so on. In addition, we’ve outlined some of the basic dog grooming services that dog grooming companies can offer. Finally, we’ve provided a frequently asked questions (FAQ) document, to help you know if a particular dog groomer is a good fit for your pet.  Read on to learn more, and become an expert in taking care of your pet’s grooming needs. And don’t forget, you can always make an appointment with Lucky Puppy Grooming to give your pet the routine care they need, or a special grooming treat for being a good boy or girl.

  

Typical Home Grooming Tasks

Hair Brushing

The majority of dogs like getting their hair brushed in general, though some may be less than cooperative. Others may have issues with brushing on the face area in particular, whereas some will let you brush them all day long.  Regardless of the preferences and behaviors of your particular pooch, brushing their hair regularly is important.  Not only will it help keep them cleaner and feeling fresh, but brushing their hair can help you bond and connect with your pet, too.  

While all dogs and breeds are different, hair length is usually one of the biggest factors to consider.  It dictates both the best brush type to use, as well as the hair brushing frequency they may require.  We’ll cover brush types in more detail in Grooming and Supplies.  Some general guidelines for how frequently you should brush your dog’s hair, based on their hair length include:

·  For long-haired dogs, they will usually need their hair brushed every day or every other day.  Long hair is very prone to getting tangled or matted, and an appropriate brush (see Grooming and Supplies) for long hair should be used.


  • Medium-haired dogs don’t generally get the same level of matting and tangling that long-haired dogs do, but it can vary considerably by breed.  These dogs should have their hair brushed at least once a week, and more frequently if they tend to matt or tangle easily.  Again, an appropriate brush should be chosen based on the breed and hair style.
  • Short-haired dogs don’t tend to need their hair brushed as often.  Usually, a few weeks in between brushing is perfectly fine. Obviously, if your particular breed or pet, even short-haired, tends to get more matted or tangled, then you may want to brush them more frequently.  
  • With all of that said, if your dog enjoys being brushed, you can certainly brush their hair daily.  It doesn’t do any harm, and can do a lot of good.  Brushing helps keep their coat healthy and shiny.  It removes any foreign matter they may have picked up while trotting around outside.  And, frequent brushing of dogs who shed, especially during active shedding seasons, can help cut down on built-up hair and the amount of loose hair that you’ll find floating around your home.  


Nail Trimming

Nail trimming or clipping is one of those dog grooming tasks that a lot of pet owners prefer to leave to vets or professional groomers.  Dogs don’t generally like it, and it can be a struggle for owners, too.  A lot of dog owners don’t want to hurt their dogs, and can be naturally concerned about cutting the nails too short.  This is painful for their pet, and of course, they develop a natural aversion to it after they’ve experienced poor cutting and had pain from it in the past.


However, if you learn how to correctly cut your dog’s nails, and not take too much, then they’ll never necessarily have to experience that pain.  And, it will be easier to cut their nails.  Vets can often demonstrate the proper trimming or cutting technique and recommend the right kind of clippers for you to use.  Some groomers may also be willing to explain the process and recommend equipment.  But, if you are uncomfortable with it, then you should leave it to the professionals. It’s better to err on the side of caution and not hurt your dog.


Nails need to be trimmed roughly once a month, though the rate can vary depending on how quickly your dog’s nails grow.  Some breeds grow faster, and others slower.  Some dogs have their nails worn down through normal daily activities, and can go longer in between trims.  Diet, breed, age, and activities/wear and tear can all play a role in how frequently their nails need to be trimmed.

There are several different styles of nail clippers or trimmers, and some may be more appropriate for your particular breed than others.  There are also rotary tools that abrade and file down nails, rather than clipping them, which may also be a useful option.  We’ll cover all of this equipment in more detail in Grooming and Supplies.


Bathing

Some dogs very much enjoy bath time, while others don’t.  The same is true of owners.  Some owners have bad experiences with their little fluffy one escaping the tub and spraying water all over the bathroom or house.  Others struggle to contain their pet, who may not enjoy being in the water. Whatever the case may be, gradually acclimating your pet to being bathed can help calm things down and make them more manageable.  And that will make it easier to bathe them, clean them properly, and can even make the experience enjoyable.  


Be sure that you are bathing your dog in an appropriate place.  Bathtubs or showers are recommended, unless you have a very small dog, in which case a sink may be sufficient.  The water temperature should be warm, not cold or hot to the touch. Some dogs like a bit of standing water in the tub when being bathed, whereas others don’t.  Experiment with your pet and see what they seem to prefer, and how they are easiest to manage.  If they are very skittish or constantly trying to get out of the tub, then it’s clear that they are not liking the situation, and some changes can help smooth things over.

As far as bathing frequency, unless your dog gets particularly messy outdoors, the average dog only needs bathing about once a month.  However, if they are dirty, itchy, smelly, or otherwise need a bath, a frequency of once a week is generally considered acceptable.  Any more frequently may dry out their skin and coat, and cause additional discomfort to them.  


For bathing your dog, you should always use an appropriate dog shampoo.  Soaps and even baby shampoos can dry out their coat or otherwise irritate their skin.  If your dog has particular skin problems or concerns, then a specialized shampoo may be in order.  In any case, your vet or groomer can often recommend a shampoo suitable for the breed. If a vet recommends a special shampoo, be sure to follow the instructions for use and any modifications to bathing frequency that come with the shampoo.  


Ear Care

Just like people, some dogs have no issues with their ears, whereas others may need more frequent cleaning. In general, cleaning a dog’s ears during a monthly bath is considered suitable as a baseline of care.  If they have specific ear problems that have been identified by a vet, they may require more frequent cleaning.  Be sure to follow any instructions a vet provides in this regard.


In general, dogs with floppy ears and long hair tend to be more likely to develop ear problems than dogs with shorter hair or smaller, more rigid ears.  This is because all the hair and floppiness can mean less air exposure in the ear canals.  This allows bacteria and other microorganisms to flourish and replicate more easily. Often, however, ear problems can be a sign of allergies in your dog, rather than any kind of infection. Again, it varies by breed, and every pet, like every individual person, is unique.


Ask your vet during a routine check-up if there are any issues with your dog’s ears.  So long as they don’t appear to be bothering your dog, there is no excess of debris or particles coming out of them, and there’s no unusual or foul odor, then there’s usually nothing to worry about.  Normal cleaning during bathing should suffice. A vet or groomer can instruct you in the proper method of ear cleaning.  Never use cotton swabs or insert anything small into the ear canal. Instead, use wetted cotton balls, and gently work from the outside in, stopping if you encounter any resistance. 


Hair Cutting

The frequency with which your pet may need their hair cut is going to depend on the breed and type of hair they have.  Some dogs have hair that grows constantly and at a high pace, meaning they need a good trim every few weeks.  Others have slower growing hair, or hair that virtually stops growing during warmer months. These breeds may be able to go a month or more without the need for hair cutting.


While you can usually do some basic hair cutting of many breeds of dog at home, a lot of people find it easier to leave this particular task to professional groomers.  If you do want to do some hair trimming or cutting at home, be sure to use dedicated scissors and tools designed for the task.  You don’t want to catch too much hair in hair clippers designed for humans, for example, and end up hurting your dog.  


The Purpose of Dog Grooming

As mentioned in our introduction, grooming a dog isn’t about showing them off or making them cuter for pictures. Rather, it’s part of ensuring the health and well-being of the animal.  Just as in humans, who feel better if they’ve bathed or showered, done their hair, and put themselves together, dogs feel better and healthier when they’re fresh, clean, and well cared for.  It not only can help their well-being, but it can promote good health and even improve longevity.  


The exact amount of grooming a dog may need will vary by breed, age, health, and activity level, among other factors.  Dogs who shed may need more frequent grooming than those that don’t.  And, your individual dogs comfort level with grooming activities may dictate how frequently or infrequently you feel it necessary for them to be groomed.  With all of that said, however, you shouldn’t let your dog’s lack of enjoyment at the grooming process deter you from having them groomed.  Just like children, who may not like bath time or hair cuts, it’s a necessary part of taking care of them, and sometimes, you have to be the parent and not a friend in that regard.


Some of the primary reasons for regular grooming of dogs include:


  • General cleanliness
  • Preventing odors and foreign material from being spread around your home
  • Decreasing the risks of various health problems developing, especially skin-related
  • Monitoring your dog’s health by checking for signs of injury or illness
  • Creating a closer bond between you and your dog
  • Helping to reduce or eliminate any parasites that they may pick up (ticks, fleas, etc.)
  • Decreasing or avoiding matting of hair that can lead to skin irritation or create havens for bacteria to develop.


Grooming Tools and Supplies

Below is a brief list and description of some of the grooming tools and supplies that are helpful for caring for dogs.  Some of these are geared toward certain types of dogs, e.g. long-haired dogs or short-haired dogs.  Others may be up to the pet owner to decide which options work best for grooming (for example, not everyone is going to need or feel certain implements are warranted for their pet).  You should always ask your vet or groomer for recommendations, especially if you are unsure of what grooming tool or supplies make the most sense for your dog.  Items are listed and grouped by category, in alphabetical order.  


Bath Tubs

Specialized bath tubs for dogs aren’t usually necessary in the home, but may be found in professional grooming establishments.  These can be smaller and raised, making them easier to use for dog bathing than the large, ground-based bath tubs typically found in the home. They may also have certain connected or removable sprayers to be used to clean and rinse the pet.  


Brushes, Combs, and Hair Care

Bristle brushes are usable on coats of any length, though longer, more widely-spaced bristles are ideal for dogs with longer coats, while shorter, more tightly-spaced bristle brushes are better for shorter-haired dogs.  They are used most often as a final pass to provide finish and shine to the coat, and aren’t suitable to be used alone, as hair below will remain matted and tangled.  


Combo brushes incorporate both the bristle and wire pin brush designs. These are fairly standard and convenient for most dog owners.  They are double-sided, with a bristle brush on one side and the wire pin brush on the other.  


Curry brushesare a type of brush, usually made from rubber or plastic, with small, short teeth on the brush head.  It is rubbed on the dog’s coat gently.  This helps loosen dirt, hair, debris, and similar, while simultaneously stimulating dog’s skin to produce essential oils that help keep the coat healthy and shiny.  Most often, they are useful for dogs that have large amounts of captive shed hair that needs removal, such as German Shepherds and similar breeds.  In all cases, these implements need to be used carefully to avoid damaging or irritating the dog’s skin.  


Matt combsare a special kind of comb designed to help loosen and cut the matted hair on a dog’s coat – crucially, without leaving a “bald spot” in the fur.  


Metal combs are often used as a second-pass combing device, prior to washing or bathing of the dog.  They can help with knotted areas of the coat, as well as areas that need finer control, like the tail or around the feet, where a brush would be impractical to control and use.


Rakes are used for certain kinds of winter-climate dogs like Huskies and others with double coats. They help to remove hair from the undercoat, as well as untangle hair, with much greater ease than a regular comb. They get their name from resembling the yard and garden tool of the same name.  


Shedding blades are sometimes called sweat scrapers.  They’re a metal blade that has short teeth (that are quite dull), and are used to help remove hair from very rough coats.  It’s not meant for cutting hair, but removing the actual dead hairs.  


Slicker brushes are one of the most common types of dog brushes. They’re a second-pass brush, typically used after a teasel, bristle brush, or wire pin brush has already gone through the coat.  They help to smooth and finish the coat, while removing any remaining matting or tangles in the hair.  They are most ideally used on long hair and curly coats, and may need heavier-duty pins to be used for heavy or thick-coated dogs.  


Stripping combs and knives are common for use in show dogs, and are used to grab and remove long hairs on rough coats, pulling them out from the root. They are most often used in medium-haired dogs like terriers and schnauzers.  


Teasels are tools made of fine hooked wires that are often used by professional dog groomers in place of brushes.  They’re suitable for short and medium-haired dogs especially, and can also be used on long-haired dogs.


Wire pin brushes are designed for medium to long-haired dogs.  They are often oval, and have metal bristles within a base that is plastic or rubber.  The wire pin brush helps to untangle the coat, and works well on wiry and curly coats.  Coated or polished pin brushes are usually the gentlest, and should be replaced periodically as the polish or coating may wear off.  


Dental Care

Dental kits are often sold by vets, groomers, and on the open market, designed specifically for dogs.  Keeping their mouth clean is important, especially as they get older, so that they can continue to eat food, play, and be comfortable and not in pain, just like in people.  However, many dogs are definitely not fans of having their teeth brushed.  These dental kits include a dog-specific toothbrush, designed to be easier to use, and toothpastes that are meant for dogs and are dog-safe. 

 

Dryers

Dog dryers are blow dryers that are designed to be low-heat and meant for use on dogs. It is not recommended to use a human hair dryer on dogs, as the temperature and volume of air may be too much for them to handle.  This can lead to sores, drying or blistering of the skin, and other irritation. Therefore, special dog blow dryers should be chosen, available from many dog groomers, pet stores, and online.  


Stand dryers are a specialized kind of dryer that you’ll often find in dog grooming shops. While hand driers designed for dogs will often be present as well, and suffice just fine at groomers or at home, stand dryers help to ensure that the dog is thoroughly dry, and dried quickly. They are basically large, low-heat blow dryers affixed to a stand.  


Eye and Ear Care

Ear cleaning kits are often available online or from vets or grooming establishments to help keep a dog’s ears clean.  However, these are not always necessary, and wet cotton balls can often be used on most dogs as a cheap alternative.


Eye care kits can contain specialized instruments for removing hairs and eye goop from dog’s eyes.  But they need to be used with care, as like humans, the eyes are extremely sensitive and easy to damage.  For specific eye irritation issues, it is best to consult a vet.


Flea and Tick Prevention


Flea and tick control products often are designed to be applied after bathing and grooming, especially the kinds that are a liquid applied to the coat.  Other products, such as tablets and chews, are given on a regular schedule and not affected by grooming activities.  Flea and tick collars should be removed for bathing/cleaning, then promptly put back on or replaced.  Grooming is an ideal time to check for any fleas or ticks and take remedial steps to remove or treat them if found.

  

Hair Cutting/Trimming 

Clippers or shears for dog grooming can be useful, especially for certain types of dog coats or for sensitive body areas.  Double-coated dogs aren’t well-suited for clippers, for example, whereas others with longer, finer hair may be ideal.  Clippers or shears for dog grooming are usually 6 to 9 inches long, larger than human shears in most cases.  They also usually have a safety tip to prevent injury due to a squirmy pupper.


Scissors designed for hair cutting, ideally for dogs but even for humans, are also useful for removing any knots, trimming the ends of hairs, and general clean-up work. 


Nail Cutting/Clipping/Trimming

File trimmers aren’t really trimmers at all, but more of a nail file or grinding surface used to reduce nail length.  There are also motorized plug-in or battery-operated versions that go by other names, though pet owners should use caution as these can grind away too much nail just as easily as clippers can clip away too much nail.  


Guillotine-style nail clippers use a captive blade inside a rounded opening, into which the nail is placed and then trimmed.


Scissor-style nail clippers are, as their name implies, akin to scissors that are used for clipping a dog’s nails.


Shampoos and Conditioners

Dog shampoos and conditioners may be recommended specifically by your dog’s vet, suggested by a dog groomer, or purchased in pet stores or online.  You should always ensure you are choosing a dog shampoo and/or conditioner that is designed for dogs rather than humans. And, if possible, it should be designed for your type or hair-style of dog specifically.  Follow the instructions that come with the product to ensure proper, safe use for your pet.  


Tables

Grooming tables aren’t something that most pet owners need at home, but are quite common for professional groomers.  They also may be common amongst those who enter their dogs in competitions, to make the grooming process easier and more comfortable for both pet and owner.  The tables are designed to help contain the dog, and place them at a reasonable height for grooming, while being easy to clean up afterwards.  


Grooming Tasks You May Want to Have Professionally Done

Bathing

The bathing process can often be challenging for dog and owner alike.  That is why many people prefer to have it done, even if only occasionally, by a professional groomer.  The dog bathing process can be accomplished either in a bath tub, specialized dog bath tub, or out in the open on a flat surface, such as a driveway or yard, depending on the dog and equipment available.  Hand-held sprayers can be used, as well as a dousing method with water from a cup or bucket.  


Dogs should always be bathed with warm water, not hot or cold, in order to help avoid burns, discomfort, or irritation to the skin.  Naturally, if a dog is shocked with cold or hot water, they will become skittish and want to get out of the tub, and associated bathing with an unpleasant experience.  So, you should always test the water several times with your hand, like you would before bathing a baby.  


Brushing and de-matting of hair should happen before a bath.  Any other hair trimming activities should also take place first, to ensure that water doesn’t get trapped and lead to bacteria growth or other health problems for the dog.  Shampoo and/or conditioner should be used, designed and appropriate for the type of hair the particular pooch has.  And, be sure to thoroughly dry your pet after their bath, to avoid them getting sick, collecting a bunch of dirt and debris on their now-clean hair, and to avoid mats and tangling.  After drying, they may need a pass with a finishing brush, like a bristle brush, to give their coat proper volume and shine.  


Hair Removal

Trimming, shearing, or cutting of hair is the most common approach to hair removal in the vast majority of dog breeds.  While there are, of course, some practical considerations, such as removing and preventing matting or the collection of debris in everyday life, other aspects of hair removal and trimming tend to be, as in humans, a matter of personal taste.  Factors including the personal preferences of the owner, whether or not the dog is a show dog, environment or climate, and similar can all play a role into the hair style that is chosen or suitable for your dog.  


The type of hair, breed, and other factors all come into play in terms of the appropriate tools to use and methods to use to untangle, straighten, remove dead hair, and trim and style the remaining hair.  Professional groomers are well-versed in the appropriate methods and processes for different breeds and hair styles, and have a complete arsenal of combs, brushes, trimmers, shears, and other tools necessary to accomplish the job. 

 

Hand Stripping

Dogs that don’t shed, and specifically certain breeds, may require stripping of hair, or hand-stripping as it is sometimes called.  Essentially, this is a process by which dead hairs are removed from the coat, either with fingers or a special tool (a stripping knife most commonly).  Dogs with hard, wiry coats often need this kind of treatment.  It helps make room for new hairs to grow.  This is most common in breeds such as terriers, spaniels, and similar.  This process should be painless when done properly, and is best left to professionals if you are unsure or unfamiliar with it.  


Nail Clipping

As mentioned earlier, nail clipping can be a terrifying experience for pet owners.  You don’t want to hurt your pet at all, and the nails can be a sensitive area if you take too much off.  At the same time, dogs who have encountered nail clipping problems before are likely to be very uncooperative with the nail clipping process.  It’s best if they never have to experience pain, and have their nails clipped by professionals, such as a vet or dog groomer.


Like humans, a dog’s nails grow naturally over time.  They tend to grow into a curled, spiral shape, and if they get too long, it becomes painful or even impossible for the dog to walk.  They can also curl under and start cutting up the paw pads, which can make walking even more difficult, painful, and dangerous – infection and pain are common in these cases.  Therefore, it’s necessary to trim a dog’s nails at least monthly.  The different styles of clippers available may be more well-suited to certain dogs than others.  A vet or professional groomer will know what the best choice is for the particular nail size and shape of your dog’s nails, based on breed, age, and appearance.  


Creative Grooming

Grooming is not limited to just the essentials of care.  Just like with people, other services are available from most dog groomers, including Lucky Puppy Grooming.  Coloring or dying of fur with temporary dog-safe coloring agents, painting of nails, the inclusion of bows or hair ties within the coat, and other options are available.  These may vary by breed, season, and other factors, with the primary concern always being the safety and comfort of the animal.  Within that context, the particular styling wishes of the owner can often be accomplished, giving their dog a unique, individual, up-scale appearance. 

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