Renting with pets in the UK has become easier over the last year due to a change in the government’s standard tenancy agreement. However, finding a place to live is still only half the battle for the average pet owner - for one thing, keeping your dog looking and feeling its best is also a huge challenge.
Whether you’re the proud owner of a dashing Dalmatian or a beautiful Bishon Frise, the good news is that there are some excellent dog grooming services in West London that are ready to primp your pooch.
Why Does My Dog Need Grooming?
Dog grooming is a vital service for all sorts of practical reasons. It helps to remove dead hair, dirt and dandruff while preventing your dog’s coat from getting matted. Brushing also stimulates the natural oils in the skin, which helps to produce the healthy, glossy coat that we all love to see on our four-legged companions.
But as well as keeping your dog aesthetically in check, dog grooming can also be beneficial for health reasons. It’s a chance to have a good rummage beneath all that fur to check for any unusual lumps or bumps and inspect their teeth, eyes and ears, look for signs of any fleas or ticks and trim their nails. There’s also nothing better than making a fuss of your dog and treating them to a little bit of luxury - and getting it done by an expert will give you peace of mind, and improve your pooch’s health and wellbeing to boot.
What will you pay for this level of doggy indulgence? The average price of a dog grooming service in the UK is £39, but prices can range from £20 to £80 depending on the size of your dog and its coat. However, as with everything in London, you can probably expect to pay a little more than the national average, so factor that into your budget.
In terms of dog grooming puns, the Doggylocks salon in Ealing gets a solid 3 out of 5, but for its services to canine wellbeing, they’re a five-star establishment. Doggylocks offers a dog, puppy and cat grooming service in West London, with a same-day service, and even a pickup and collect option if you’re short of time.
During the wet and muddy winter months, there’s also a splash and dash service, so you can drop your dog off after a lovely long walk so they can be washed, blow-dried and ready to be collected in an hour, no appointment necessary.
Since every pup’s needs are different, Doggylocks encourages people to get in touch with them directly to discuss the exact grooming service you are looking for.
Address: 44 Northfield Avenue, London, W13 9RR
Phone: 020 3754 6423
Monday - Friday: 8:30am–5:30pm
Bark is an appropriately named online service that helps people find and hire local services and professionals. You can use it to find everything from cleaners and personal trainers to, you guessed it, dog groomers. It’s completely free and you can compare the profiles and reviews of dog grooming services in West London.
What makes Bark different is that, rather than contacting a single dog groomer, you can enter your requirements to receive free quotes from pet grooming professionals across London. That helps you make the best possible choice for your pooch and your wallet.
The Bark website says that the average price of a pet groomer in West London is £35 per session. That suggests that making the service providers bid for your business rather than you contacting them directly does indeed help to keep the costs down.
Short Bark ‘n’ Sides, Shepherd’s Bush
We’re giving Short Bark ‘n’ Sides a well deserved 4.5 out of 5 for its name, but it’s also one of the best dog grooming salons in West London if online reviews are anything to go by. This home-based salon in Shepherd’s Bush is a family-run business that provides a friendly and personal dog grooming service for all dog breeds.
Its prices are very competitive, with a full groom for a medium-sized dog costing £40, with a bath and brush costing £30. There’s also a free pampering session for new puppies so they can get used to the sights and sounds of the grooming room in a calm and gradual way.
The full dog grooming service includes a bath, blow-dry, coat clip and scissoring, nail clip, footpad trim and wax, along with ear cleaning and scent spray. If you want to get away for a few days, there’s also a daycare and holiday boarding service, and with City & Guilds and British Dog Groomers Association accreditations, you know that your fur-ever friend is in the best possible hands.
Address: 28 Aycliffe Road, Shepherd’s Bush, W12 0LL
Phone: 0208 743 1152
Monday - Saturday: 10am–6pm
Absolutely No Tangles, Harrow
Absolutely No Tangles offers a full pet grooming service, although due to the pandemic, it is currently only grooming dogs (as of January 2022). Serving customers across West London, this salon offers a full range of grooming services including dog bathing, matted hair treatment, nail clipping and facial trimming, removal of ear hairs and clipped coats according to the breed.
As well as a pre-booked service, Absolutely No Tangles offers a drop-in service for dogs that need their facial hair trimmed or their nails clipped, although again, all drop-ins have been temporarily suspended due to the pandemic. There are no prices on the website and dog owners are encouraged to get in touch to find out more.
Address: 17 The Arches, South Harrow, HA2 8AU
Phone: 020 8422 4188
Monday - Friday: 10am–5pm
So there you have it, four dog grooming services in London that are just a short hop from the pet-friendly Quintain Living apartments. Explore our Wembley Park apartments online today to find the best fit for you and your hound.