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A note from Louise: Is your dogs coat ready for Spring?

With the unusual variations in temperature, you may notice your best friend is shedding more around the house, or perhaps even looking a bit worse for wear coat wise. This is a good time to book an end of winter or Spring groom to help freshen up their coats to remove dead loose fur and dander and stimulate new coat growth so your pet remains warm and waterproof in the cooler, wet weather.

‘Doodle’ owners - Now is the time of year to groom your dog properly every day for 10-15 mins to remove dirt and debris from their coats to prevent mats easily developing with the extra mud and moisture in the environment and also their spring Moults are due to start which needs removing daily for 2-3 weeks. When your Doodles coat starts to look dull, feel thicker, brushing and combing is harder, the comb ‘sticks’ more in the coat and there are significantly more dead hairs in your slicker brush/comb than normal - these are all clear signs that your Doodle may be moulting and needs a good brush and comb through and bath. Appreciate it’s hard work but you will be rewarded with a lovely lush, mat free coat.

Enjoy you walks and perhaps whilst doing so give some thought to booking in your 2020 groom appointments to ensure that you can get the times and dates convenient to yourself and that your best friends has a good hygiene and grooming schedule in place.

Best wishes, Lou

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I would like to thank you for doing such a wonderful job with Max. I cant believe how good he looks considering how scruffy he was when we dropped him off this morning. Considering he had such a rotten start in life and was so badly abused I am amazed at how calm he is when he comes home.

Simon (and Max, an English Springer Spaniel), Slapton read more

About Louise

Louise Soothill-Ward - Owner, SootyPaws Professional Dog Grooming Service

Owner, SootyPaws

Hello, my name is Louise and I am the owner of Sooty Paws dog grooming and spa salon based in Slapton, South Hams, Devon.

You can be assured that your pet is in safe hands as I hold a City and Guild Level 2 & 3 qualification in dog grooming, qualifying in November 2015, regularly attend industry training events to keep up-to-date, Pet First Aid trained and am currently studying for the level 3 diploma. I have operated my salon since April 2016 and please take a look at some of my work in the grooming gallery. I am also a member of PIFA (Pet Industry Federation Association, a Reiki second degree USUI system Therapist and am fully insured.

I also live with my own lovely cockapoo who I adore but who also keeps me very busy on the grooming front so all Doodle owners I do understand your grooming challenges and over the years have had the pleasure of living with 2 Persian cats, 4 hamsters, 3 guinea pigs and several goldfish although the later was difficult to groom!

City & Guilds Qualified British Dog Groomer's Association PIF - Pef Industry Federation

Reiki 2nd degree
USUI system therepist

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Please get in touch

To ensure my clients dogs safety and well being, it is not possible to answer the phone when grooming. Please do leave a message, email or text as I do want to hear from you! and I promise to call you back as soon as safely possible, normally early morning around 8.30am, midday or early evening and certainly within 24 hours. Thank you for your understanding and patience.

Best wishes,


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  1. Monday 9.30am - 6pm
  2. Tuesday 9.30am - 1pm
  3. Wednesday 9.30am - 6pm
  4. Thursday 1pm - 5.30pm
  5. Friday Closed
  6. Saturday Closed
  7. Sunday Closed


Prospect Hill, Slapton, TQ7 2PN

City & Guilds Qualified British Dog Groomer's Association PIF - Pef Industry Federation

Reiki 2nd degree
USUI system therapist