Fur Friendly is a small grooming parlour located in Howdales, 5 miles from Manby, near Louth in Lincolnshire, we cater for all breeds of dog large or small and work on a one to one basis strictly by appointment so your dog isn't kept waiting around in a crate.At Fur Friendly our philosophy is very simple, your dog's welfare is our priority. All of the dogs are treated gently and with the utmost care and unlike many larger parlours we're able to take our time, all the dogs are hand dried, we don't use cage dryers.
We believe that quality matters and that’s why all the shampoos and conditioners we use are high quality natural fur friendly products to maintain healthy skin and coat, we don't use cheap concentrates or chemical brighteners. Earthbath products are totally natural, non toxic, paraben & sulfate free, phthalate free, and phosphate free. These products are made with premium human-grade ingredients and pure essential oils, with no artificial colors or fragrances. Find out more here.
We are located at the former cattery in Howdales, situated 5 miles from Manby, 6 miles from Louth and 6 miles from Mablethorpe in a quiet rural location surrounded by beautiful, tranquil countryside, that perfectly reflects the Fur Friendly ethos of providing a calm and relaxing environment.Need help getting to us?No problem, contact us and we’ll happily provide you a personalised map with comprehensive directions. If you cannot get to us by car we may be able to offer you a collection and drop off service.Fur Friendly,The Old Cattery,Saddleback Road,Howdales,Louth,Lincolnshire,LN11 7DJ01507 firstname.lastname@example.org
Emma and Connie were recently invited by City & Guilds to demonstrate their grooming talents for a panel of judges looking to standardise the industry qualifications.Both Emma and Connie were trained to level 3, City & Guilds diploma for Professional Dog Stylists at Grimsby Institute, seeing national success as they won titles at Crufts, Premier Groom and The British Dog Grooming championships, before embarking on careers as Dog Groomers at both Fur Friendly Grooming Salon and the Grimsby Institute.
Emma Taylor, Lee Lister and Connie Critcher pictured in the Grimsby Institute's Dog Grooming Training Salon.
Well done Connie on scooping the Young Kennel Club's Groomer of the Year title for the second year running. Connie competed against other young groomers at Crufts in NEC in Birmingham.
Fur Friendly,The Old Cattery,Saddleback Road,Howdales,Louth,Lincolnshire,LN11 7DJ01507 email@example.com
How much does it cost?We need to see your dog and assess the size, coat type, condition andgrooming requirements before we can quote a price as even dogs ofthe same breed can vary immensely, dogs who are groomed at industryrecognised intervals with well-maintained coats will cost less than thosewho are only groomed once or twice a year. How long does it take?Again we need to see your dog and assess the size, coat type, condition andgrooming requirements, most smaller dogs who are groomed regularly take approximately 2 hours but it can take up to 4 or 5 hours to groom breeds such as a Newfoundland or standard Poodle. When can my puppy have its first haircut?Puppies can be partially groomed, bath, face, feet and sanitary trim as soon as they have had their vaccinations. Most dogs will have their adult coat through at around 9 months of age so can be groomed to your requirements, it is not advisable to clip puppy coats as this can damage the adult coat resulting in bald or thin patches, skin problems and incorrect coat texture.Can you remove tartar from my dogs teeth?Under current regulations this is classed as a veterinary procedure and should not be performed by a groomer.Do you empty anal glands?Under current regulations this is classed as an invasive procedure that should only be performed by a veterinarian.Can you groom my dog if she is in season?No, it is unfair on your dog to be groomed whilst in season, they are often not settled and resent been excessively handled. It is also distracting for any male dogs, especially those that are entire.What is hand stripping?This is the breed standard grooming technique for most Terrier and Gundog breeds, it involves stripping out the dead harsh textured hair using finger and thumb, this process will maintain the correct colour and texture to the coat. Removing the dead hair from the follicle stimulates new coat growth. Not all coats are suitable for stripping, particularly if the dog has been neutered, but we will assess each individual dog and advise the best course of action. Hand stripping takes much longer than clipping, around 3 to 4 hours and is therefore more expensive.More Questions?Please contact us if you have any questions, alternatively why not bring your dog in, have a look around, a cup of tea and a no obligation chat.
She’s only gone and won it!Emma has proved that she’s a cut above the rest after being crowned ‘Groomer of the Year’ in the national dog grooming competition.Emma scooped the top prize at the annual British Dog Grooming Championships, which took place in Warwickshire in October.Emma, who has been grooming for over four years, managed to beat over 100 competitors to become crowned as Groomer of the Year.Emma said: “This is an almighty privilege and accomplishment for a groomer - it’s one of the things we all work towards.”
The Full GroomYour dogs coat will be thoroughly brushed out to remove loose hair, this is followed by a deep cleansing hydro bath using natural essential oil shampoo and conditioner. Your dog is then hand dried, the coat is trimmed and styled to your requirements. The nails are clipped, ears and eyes are cleaned and to finish we apply a conditioning spray to the coat. A full groom takes between 2 to 4 hours depending on the breed, size and condition of your dog.
The Maintenance GroomAs with the full groom your dog has a brush out followed by a hydro bath and hand dry. Feet, face and groin areas are trimmed, nails clipped, ears and eyes cleaned, then to finish we apply a conditioning spray. A maintenance groom takes between 1 to 3 hours depending on the breed, size and condition of your dog.The maintenance groom is available to short coated breeds or dogs that have a coat that is regularly maintained.
Hand Stripping (If appropriate)Your dog has a brush out and is fully hand stripped this is followed by a hydro bath using special harsh coat natural shampoo. Your dog is hand dried and the coat re-stripped to ensure a neat finish. Nails are clipped, ears and eyes cleaned and to finish we apply a conditioning spray. A full hand strip takes between 3 to 5 hours depending on the breed, size and condition of your dog.
Full Groom with de-shedding treatment ideal forbreeds with dense coats.We start with a brush out to remove any loose coat and follow this with a deep cleansing hydro bath using natural shampoo and conditioner. Your dog is then hand dried with a high velocity dryer and the coat is brushed out using a special de-shedding tool, this removes dead undercoat thus reducing moulting and keeping your dogs coat in great condition. Nails are clipped, ears and eyes cleaned and a finishing spray is applied. A de-shedding treatment takes between 2 to 4 hours depending on the breed, size and condition of your dog.
Free Puppy and Nervous Dog Introductions.We want your dogs visit to the grooming salon to be a happy one so we encourage you to bring your puppy or nervous dog along to visit us, puppies are able to attend the salon after their vaccinations. Your dog will have the opportunity to have a sniff around and meet the staff, your dog will then be brushed and handled to acclimatise them to the sights and sounds of a grooming salon, we recommend weekly 30 minute sessions to ensure they are well prepared for their first full groom. The well-being of your dog is of the utmost importance to us so when attending the salon for the first time all dog owners must produce a valid vaccination certificate.
All our staff are City & Guilds qualified and for the second year running are holders of the YKC young groomer of the year award.
All our staff have received canine first aid training and have completed Kennel Club courses on anatomy and advanced handling.
We stock Natures Menu raw dog food and a selection of natural treats and supplements.
We stock a full range of quality grooming equipment including shampoos and conditioning sprays for a variety of coat types to help you maintain your dog’s coat between appointments. We also stock toothpaste, breath fresheners, ear cleaners, flea shampoo, flea combs and household flea sprays.