November 05, 2018

Le Pet Care Fact # 5 - Summer Cut Vs Puppy Cut – Summertime Styling!

It’s that time of the year where the weather warms up and your pooch /s gives you that look that it might be time to take him/ her / them in for their summer time grooming. So, you make the appointment, drop them off and say you would like a summer cut but then when you come to collect them your pooch /s are very, very short, much shorter than you expected! Not to worry, we at Le Pawtique have put together a summary of the cuts you can choose from for the summer period to avoid any disappointments.

A traditional “summer-cut” is a cut that means that all the length comes off the body, legs and skirt, the head gets styled short in proportion with the body length. This length is determined by the blades that are used which can either be a 7F (leaves 3.2mm of hair left on the body) or a 10 (leaves 1.5mm of hair left on the body). So, this is ideal for those dogs that swim a lot, go on walks in the park / bush or aren’t that easy to groom and maintain or client preference.

Now, if that does not sound like the hair cut for your pooch/s, then we have a “Puppy Cut”. This means same length all over but not as short as a summer cut. Our longest comb, which is an attachment on the clipper blade leaves 2.54 cm of hair on the body and the longest blade leaves 1.9cm. It can then go down from there to just under a 1cm of length, of course all depending on client preference and what works for the individual dog/s coat. This cut leaves the pooch with a fluffier looking finish and more of a “Teddy Bear” look.


Then we get the individual dog breed styles – ie Miami and Lamb for French Poodles, Cowboy for Yorkshire Terriers and sometimes Maltese Poodles. Then there are the traditional Scottie / Schnauzer cuts where the back is cut on a 7F or 10, and the legs and skirt are left long. The possibilities almost seem endless in terms of what cut one can give their pooch/s.

The most important thing about choosing a cut is to do breed research depending on the type of breed dog you have, Google recommended cuts / styles. The second thing to consider is the condition of the dog’s coat as certain cuts wont work on certain hair types or breeds. For instance, a Bichon Frise, although looks like a Maltese, has curlier and fluffier hair that allows it to stand so poofy compared to the Maltese, which the coat will fall flat. Also, if the coat is very matted, and tight to the skin then a summer cut will be the only way to groom such a coat. Minor knots and matts can be worked on if allowed the time to do so, which often incurs an extra charge, so it’s always best to try maintaining your pooch/s coat at home between grooms to avoid any disappointment at the next grooming appointment.

On a reminder note, the shorter coated and double coated dogs should not be shaved in summer (see our previous article Le Pet Care Fact # 4) and rather de-shed to remove the loose and undercoat hair. If you are still uncertain of what hair cut to choose from for your pooch/s you can always discuss your options with the staff and grooming team on the day of your appointment and they will be able to recommend and give you advice based on your pooch/s breed and coat condition and show you a few options from their grooming catalogue.

August 23, 2018

Le Pet Care Fact #4 – Warm Weather and Double Coated Breeds

Le Pet Care Fact #4 – Warm Weather and Double Coated Breeds

It’s that time of the year where spring is around the corner and the weather starts to warm up. A lot of pooches are having their summer cuts and going short again, but what about our double coated dogs – to shave or not to shave? That is the question!

Double coated breeds like Huskies, German Shepherds and Newfoundland’s were blessed with a second coat through evolution to help them better deal with the climate surrounding them. This extra layer of undercoat acts as thermal regulator to slow down the process of heat absorption in warm weather while also insulating the body in cold weather.

The downside to this extra layer of fur is the dreaded shedding that these dogs go through. Shedding is the natural process of making the coat more suitable for heat protection instead of warmth, but leaves our homes with hair everywhere! So is the solution to shave them to stop the shedding from happening and in that way keep them cool as well?

Unfortunately, the answer is no, one should not shave a double coated dog.  Dogs have sweat glands located on their nose and paw pads to help regulate heat as well as using panting to bring their body temperature down. When a double coated dog is shaved it exposes them to many dangers such as exposure for heat stroke, risk of getting sunburnt, the skin is now exposed to biting flies and mosquitoes that can cause skin irritations and disease.

The shave also affects the coat negatively as it may grow back in thicker, making thermal regulation harder, it can grow back unevenly which can result in matting of the undercoat if the undercoat grows back faster than the outer “guard” coat which creates a further need for another shave. The guard coat prevents matting from occurring. Shaving can also result in Alopecia, where the coat grows back uneven and bald spots occur, and can also result in the dog scratching excessively in result of the shave which can irritate the skin and create hot spots.

So we advise to not shave down the coat unless there is a medical reason which requires it. So what can one do for their double-coated furry friends? We recommend bringing your extra furry loved ones in on a regular basis (4-6 weeks) and especially after seasonal shifts ie winter to summer and vice versa for de-shedding. De-shedding involves the use of specialized brushes called Furminators, which are able to reach the undercoat and pull out the loose hairs from the coat. This results in all the hair which could have led to matting been removed and thins out the undercoat to allow better aeration so the coat can then better regulate the heat.

Le Pawtique offers de-shedding at an optional extra of R45 per 15 minutes spent brushing with a combination of a Furminator, undercoat rake and slicker brush. We do not recommend brushing out the undercoat for longer than 45minutes at a time as the skin can become sensitive and turn red which is then uncomfortable for the furry one.  So do your double-coated loved ones a favor and bring them in for a pamper session and extra de-shed.

April 25, 2018

Grooming In Winter - What You Need To Know About Matting

Le Pet Care Fact # 3:



What is a matt? A matt is a group of hair / fur that become densely tangled together in a pet’s coat. If the coat is not properly / frequently brushed, the hair can become embedded together due to a variety of circumstances – ie seasonal shedding, swimming / moisture, dirt, static electricity and is mostly prevalent in longer-coated dogs. Matts can form in the outer coat as well as in some dogs, the secondary thick undercoat can become matted.

*Featured image shows just how bad matts can become. The coat literally comes off like a sheep


Severe matting can be very painful to your dog as the tangled areas of hair tend to pull tight and in result pull on the dog’s skin – in absolute extreme cases the matt can cover almost the entire coat and as a result have an effect almost like a straight-jacket on the dog, preventing limb motion altogether. Matting can also cut off blood supply and prevent regular air circulation through the coat, which is necessary for a healthy coat.


Winter, besides been nastily cold on all of us, unfortunately comes with very dry air around us which leads to lots and lots of static electricity. Just like us humans, dogs and cat’s coats are susceptible to this excess of static electricity in the air and on certain items such as jerseys, carpets, bedding etc. If your dog wears a jersey during the winter and has a longer coat, there is a high risk of matting developing if the coat is not being brushed out on a regular basis.


In the grooming industry, there is a technique used to remove matts called “de-matting” which uses special tools to literally pull the matt out from the skin. Which as you can imagine, is very painful to the dog. We at Le Pawtique, do not believe in that standard and will only work with matts that are minimal and can be opened first and then brushed gently out. If we deem a matt, too tightly knotted to be opened then we will shave the matts out, sometimes having to shave the entire coat down but will do so only after consultation with the pet’s owner. We will not de-matt any matt that will cause harm to your pet and will not compromise our standards as a professional grooming parlour to do so.


So how can we prevent matting? The answer is very simple – lots of brushing on a regular basis. Longer coated and double-coated dogs will need regular brushing on a 4 - 6 weekly interval by a grooming specialist, such as Le Pawtique and at least three times a week at home. Brushing also aerates the coat and skin and helps keep it healthy and free from skin conditions caused by matting. On some shorter coated dogs, a seasonal de-shedding is also necessary to remove the dead loose hairs from their coat (and your home).


At Le Pawtique, we offer such services to all our dogs being groomed. For the short-haired and double-coated breeds we offer extra de-shedding where we use a specialized tool called a FurminatorTM to take off all the loose excess hair. We also offer a value-added service of been added to our Very Important Pet (VIP) programme where we book regular grooming appointments for you on 2 – 6 weekly intervals. On this programme we offer 10% discount on the grooming charge (15% for three or more poochies) as well as the first fifteen minutes of de-shedding for free.

October 01, 2015

Mduduzi gets Promoted to Head Groomer

It is with great pleasure that we announce Mduduzi’s promotion to Head Groomer.

After only a short time of working with Le Pawtique, Mduduzi has proven himself in his grooming skills, and particularly in his gentle handling of our furry customers… whether they are frail; recovering from injuries; or just wriggly and overexcited, Mdu handles all the pooches and kitties in his hands with the utmost care; patience; and insight.

 Mduduzi has also shown great promise in his leadership skills, and always ensures that the client’s instructions and interpretations are relayed and executed to the highest standard.


August 21, 2015

Zanele gets promoted to Junior Groomer

It is with great pleasure that we announce Zanele’s promotion to Junior Groomer.

We thank her for her long standing loyalty and performance - she has been with Le Pawtique for 3 years!

From humble beginnings as a washer and dryer, she has enthusiastically worked her way up to junior groomer and is always willing to learn about and improve her trade.

Zanele has been a pillar of support and an absolute joy to have around. She is always laughing, and although she travels extremely far to and from work every day, this never affects her achievements and cheerful disposition.


February 28, 2015

Le Pawtique - Our Dog and Cat Spa Menu

Le Pawtique - Our Dog and Cat Spa Menu

Whether your pet needs a full luxurious groom, a bath or just a nail trim we offer a full range of treatments, the quality and care of your pet's is our first priority so that our furry guests visit and return again soon.

It’s a given that we take every measure to ensure your pets get the best possible care with passionate and professional staff, a tranquil and optimum environment and only the the best products & equipment.

We use top notch products such as Bio-Groom – Bio-Groom is the name of premium grooming products made with the finest ingredients available known for gentleness and performance. It's the number 1 choice for groomers in the USA. We also use Biogance, Tropiclean and the Furminator for de-shedding.

Le Pawtique offers nothing less than deluxe, therefore every dog, cat, bunny, hamster that enters our oasis of animal bliss is treated to the Deluxe Spa Wash Treatment – this includes

Premium shampoo/wash
Coat conditioning treatment
Pamper massage
Tidy up (Trimming of face, feet, belly, bottom)
Ears cleaned with medicated ear cleanser and powder
Pawdicure (cutting of nails if this needs to be done)
Eau de toilette spritzer – male and female flavour of the month
As added extras and tailored to each individual pet we offer;

Style Cuts

• Tidy up (Trimming of face, feet, belly, bottom)
• Popular low maintenance cut
• Professional style clip tailored to suit individual pooch
• Specialized all over hand scissor

For smelly and irritated skin, hot spots and dogs with aches and pains. Our expertly trained staff will dedicate the time taken to properly massage this amazingly natural, therapeutic and medicinal product into your dog’s coat and skin.

To find out more CLICK HERE

Natural Tear Stain Remover Facial Scrub
Natural Tear Stain Remover Facial Scrub infused with oatmeal and blueberry soothes and balances the skin. It is gentle yet concentrated with an exfoliation component that removes dirt and tear stains that will not irritate the eyes. In fact…. this product is so decadent you won’t be able to stop kissing your pooch!

Cost: R15

Feather Hair Extensions

Feather Hair Extensions – we are sure you are all familiar with the bright, solid, striped feather fashion statements that are attached to a small piece of hair… Le Pawtique now brings you the pooch equivalent… works much the same way as a traditional bow but it’s a feather finish that requires no elastic and should last for at least 6 weeks.

Prices start from: R50


We don't recommend shaving thick double coated breeds or cats for that matter unless it is necessary. i.e. health, matts (knots), on-going pest issues and this is the reason we offer a
de-shedding program, to get of all that thick unwanted undercoat.

This is also a very popular treatment for your short coated breeds that are prone to shedding eg: Jack Russell’s, Pugs, Labradors, Bull Terriers, Bull Dogs

In order to do this we use, first and foremost a Furminator, the best invention for de-shedding. We also use Les Pooch brushes, rakes, combs and your standard slicker brush plus Biogroom tangle remover and conditioner. The biggest component here is time. It takes time to brush out all that thick undercoat especially in the change of seasons.

Sometimes the hair brushed out is equal to the size of the animals we are grooming. A MUST for Huskies, Chows, Golden Retrievers, Malamutes, Bernese Mountain Dogs, Saint Bernard’s, Rough Collies etc..

R55 p/15 minutes

February 27, 2015

Starting Your Own Pet Parlour Business


February 14, 2015

Hot Spot Dog Treatment Madra Mór Soothing Mud Calms & Comforts

Madra Mor Mud soothes, calms and revitalizes the coat and targets hot spots, irritations and dermatitis conditions that cause sensitivity, pain and tenderness.

Why?  Our beloved pets are surrounded by pollutants (environment) and toxins (food, medication, bacteria, pesticides etc..) on a daily basis that affect their health. In addition stress, bored and irritable dogs manifest discomfort in their coat and skin. 

How?  Madra Mor Mud soothes, calms and revitalizes the coat and targets hot spots, irritations and dermatitis conditions that cause sensitivity, pain and tenderness.

Soothing mud contains mineral rich clay concentrations of colloidal oatmeal and nourishing, healing ingredients such as organic aloe vera powder, Allantion, borage oil, rice bran oil, Vitamin E and Zinc. These time tested skin care ingredients promote healthy cell regeneration, ease irritation related to itchy and scratchy skin, and hydrate dry skin.

Where Le Pawtique comes into this:
Le Pawtique offers a loving therapeutic message with the application of the mud. This assists in stimulating the lymph and circulation system, supplying nutrients and flushing the system of toxins.

Who would benefit from this? 
This is especially good for senior dogs with aches and pains
Dogs with smelly skin and coat
Itchy, inflamed and irritated skin

What is the cost?  

Small dogs:
Smooth coated: R120 – includes 15 minute massage / long coated: R150 – includes 15 minute message
Medium dogs:
Smooth coated: R160 - includes 20 minute massage / long coated: R180 – includes 20 minute message
Large dogs:
Smooth coated: R220 – includes 30 minute massage / long coated: R260 – R300 – includes 30 minute massage

It is further enhanced with the following therapeutic and medicinal ingredients.

Green Tea Extract: contains ant-oxidants
Witch Hazel, Dipotassium Glycrrhizate: Also known as licorice plant extract (anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory that calm and sooth) – promotes healing
German Chamomile Essential Oil – known for anti-inflammatory, cell building and antibacterial properties
Lavender Essential Oil (anti-allergenic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and antibacterial, helps to regulate and balance skin functions and promote healing and soothing.)