At Just Barking all grooming is holistic – which means that we take an interest in your pet’s overall health and well-being.
We also believe strongly in the importance of professional training and qualification to ensure the highest standards. Our qualifications include the International Certified Master Groomer (ICMG UK) as well as City & Guilds.
These are prestigious designations to ensure that our groomers are at the cutting edge of dog grooming standards. It’s also to reassure you, the dog owner, that we have achieved the highest international recognitions when it comes to animal care, health, welfare and safety.
A Just Barking, we are also members of the British Isles Grooming Association (BIGA) and we are a featured member on ukgroomers.org.
Dog grooming is not a regulated industry. Therefore, it’s important to ensure that the groomer you visit is insured as well as accountable to an external, professional governing body. This will reassure you that grooming is completed to the highest standards and that your dog’s health, welfare and safety are of the highest priority.
Grooming is completed by our senior dog groomers who have worked and trained directly with international champion dog groomer and competition judge, Colin Taylor ICMG.
All grooming takes place at our ‘in-the-window’ salon in Kensal Rise. Dogs of all breeds are welcome. Please contact us directly on 020 8964 3231 to make a booking or discuss the grooming procedure.
Pricing is determined by size and breed of your pet as well as condition of the coat and general temperament. Although we might provide pricing estimates over the phone, we will assess each animal on the day during a pre-grooming consultation and confirm the expected price and time required. Grooming for adult dogs starts at £35, with a reduced rate, dependent on breed, for puppies under 5 months.
Please note that, due to the manual nature of the procedure, hand-stripping is charged at £15-£25 on top of the grooming base-rate for your pet’s breed/type, depending on the animal’s size.
At Just Barking we take guidance from the Five Freedoms within the Animal Welfare Act. This means we will not put a dog through pain, or risk their health and well-being, to brush out serious matts (try to imagine combing out dreadlocks and how much this would pull at, and damage, your skin). If your dog has just a few matts, we may be able to take care of these and / or clip these out and style your dog in such a way that blends the clipped area into the longer coat.
Please also note that if your dog is badly matted, the groomers will need to take more time with shaving the matted areas. This is time-intensive and requires extra care not to cause any nicks if the matts have formed close to the skin. Think of this as emergency treatment of a neglected coat. Shaving may lead to clipper irritation of the skin or reveal a previously undetected skin condition. If your dog has required remedial shaving, please keep an eye on his/her behaviours after grooming. The dog’s skin may be sensitive, irritated or ticklish and your dog may lick, nibble or scratch incessantly in certain areas. This can potentially lead to redness, rash, inflammation or even a hot spot. We cannot take responsibility for these developments when we have had to treat a neglected coat but we will do our best to advise you of your responsibility after treatment and ongoing preventative care.
You are welcome to book a Quick Visit if your pet requires, for example, nail clipping, ear cleaning or a limited tidy up. Quick Visits start at £10.