I love seeing all the adorable haircuts our groomers give dogs all day. I so admire the skill, patience and care that our talented groomers put into every grooming client. We work so hard to give dogs the hairdo their owners like for them! Communicating what sort of look that you want for your dog can be tricky so this blog is all about how to ask for what you want and so you and your groomer can better understand each other and get the haircut for your dog that you desire!
One of the first questions we ask most clients is how much length we are taking off your dog’s coat. A puppy cut is a great basic cut for many breeds but it just indicates that the hair all over the dog (legs and body) will be the same length: no fancy patterns. Whether you want about half off, an inch of length or trimmed close to the skin be specific.
We often hear “don’t make him look like a poodle”. While we understand you probably don’t want a big top knot and pom poms on you pup’s feet, there are many different cuts that poodles get and many different ways they can look after grooming. While we might be able to get an idea of what you don’t want it’s more helpful to know what you DO want your dog’s cut to look like.
Bringing in a photo is a great way to show us the style you are looking for but it is not perfect. If your dog is an adult and you bring in a puppy photo we won’t be able to make them look the same as when they were young (as much as we wish we could!). Dog’s coat texture changes as they grow up and there is just no way to get that fluffy puppy hair back on an adult dog.
Speaking of coats: the hair type and texture can affect how a haircut looks. What may look great on one dog might look a little different on another dog because of these differences. Even purebred dogs of the same breed can have a lot of variation in coat type. Our groomers can help advise you if the cut you want is possible with your dog’s coat.
Variations in coat texture are especially noticeable in designer and mixed breed dogs. While we love teddy bears, doodles and all American mixed breeds there are not breed standard cuts for any mixed or designer bred dogs. This means we don’t have a starting point to reference when we talk about the look you’d like for your pup so we might ask a few more questions to get an idea of what you would like. Our groomers groom many many mixed breed dogs and love them!
Most importantly if there is anything you’d like different about your dog’s haircut let us know right away. The best time to fix or adjust a haircut is within 48 hours of when your dog was in for grooming because they will still be clean and brushed out well. While we strive to make each cut what our clients want sometimes a dog’s coat condition prevents us from leaving the coat as long or setting the pattern that you might want. Ask your groomer if spending more time brushing at home or more frequent visits might help get the look you desire.
While we may still have frigid temperatures, spring is definitely on its way. This time of year it is especially difficult to keep your dog clean and their coat in good condition. The months of snow can wreak havoc on curly coats in particular. The snow and slush constantly wetting dog’s legs and drying is a recipe for bad matting. This time of year we often see non-shedding dogs that had longer haircuts over the winter needing to be shaved down. While it can be a drastic change to see a dog go from a long shaggy coat to a very close trim we think it is often the best solution to tangled coats this season.
Matting can be a serious health concern for non-shedding dogs if it gets out of control. While it’s normal for tangles to grow behind the ears and around the collar, during the winter they can easily form on a dogs legs, belly and anywhere that gets snowy or damp. When dogs have longer winter haircuts they can also hide down in the coat next to the skin and are difficult to see during normal brushing. While it may seem like the best thing to do would be to leave that long coat until the weather gets warm it is often better to get rid of a matted coat as soon as possible. Tightly matted hair restricts blood flow to the skin, retains moisture and is the perfect growing conditions for all sorts of bacterial and fungal infections as well as a sponge for dirt and allergens. You and your dog will be happier and healthier without all that hair.
Sometimes I think of March and April as “slush months”, the hardest time of year to keep your dog clean and keep them from bringing mud, dirt and wet snow into the house. Long hair can make this even more difficult! It is so much easier to keep your dog and house clean with a shorter haircut. They wash and towel off so much quicker and pick up less dirt and debris on walks. In addition, you can get the jump on brushing out a shorter coat and if you start a habit of brushing your dog every day when it is easy for both of you, you can have a summer of easy, hassle-free grooming.
If your dog needs to be shaved down this spring, don’t fear! Remember all the benefits that come with an easier to maintain coat and start brushing right away if you want your dog’s hair to grow out to a longer length. It is also important to remember that humanity should always come before vanity: a short cut might not be your favorite but think of how much better your dog will feel without that long, tangled hair weighing them down. The best way to get the haircut for your dog that you’d like is to have their coat in good condition. Daily brushing at home and regular appointments with your groomer will keep you both happy and keep matting at bay. We suggest regular grooming every 6-8 weeks to help keep the hair in good condition.
Next time on the blog: how to best communicate with your groomer to get the haircut you’d like for your dog!
Below is a short list of some of my favorite winners:
Best Bakery – Honey and Rye – They are located down the street from Bubbly Paws and serve up the most amazing coffee and pastries!
Best Fitness Studio – Lifetime Fitness – One of my absolute favorite classes is their Crossfit class (which they call Alpha). You will catch me at that class at least 3 times a week. The trainers are great and we have a small little family!
Best Boutique – Primp - Located at the West End and they are super dog friendly!
Every winter, Trycia and I always take a warm weather vacation and this year was no different! We love to unwind, and not think about the businesses, but it also gives us time to grow and think about how we do things. I know, that totally just went back on everything I just said, but it is true. It is always easier to look at the big picture, when you are away from what is going on, but it is also hard for me to totally unplug and not be involved with everything. We have a great group of employees that know how to do a great job, and they never let us down!
Each time we would leave out hotel, there was a great doorman named Frank. This man obviously loved his job! He would come in everyday and work so hard at getting to know all the guests and make sure they were having a great time, he was more than just a person to open the front door. I have to honestly say, he was probably the hotel’s most enthusiastic employee! After we left the hotel to go to the airport, I said to Trycia, “Every business needs a Frank”, which is totally true! You need that one person that is always excited to greet people and make sure all of their needs are taken care of, regardless of what is going on in their personal life. He also worked so hard to remember our names and things that we have done while on vacation. On our way home, I wrote a nice review of the hotel and mentioned Frank by name.
Trycia and I love to travel, so if you ever need advice, just ask
Have a great day!
I’ve been asked a lot recently about how to get the most out of our self-service wash and tips and tricks to make it easier on both you and your pooch. Here are my secrets to a successful visit to Bubbly Paws!
1) Start with a “dry run”: If your dog is uncomfortable in new situations, gets nervous or is just plain young or new to you its great to come in without plans to actually do a bath. Bring a pocketful of your dog’s favorite treats and come in during a quiet time (weekday mornings are great). You and your dog can look around, your dog can get treats and check out our selection of toys and goodies. When you come back to do a self-service bath your dog will remember how much fun they had last time and you will know your way around the store.
2)Take advantage of our shampoo and towels: We dilute our shampoo to make it easy to use but it also means you want to make sure to use enough. Be generous when shampooing your dog, take your time and work up a good lather before rinsing. Use a lot of towels too! We will bring you as many as you need so a thorough towel dry will make blow drying easier on you and your dog.
3) Happy Hoodies, use them: We provide ear covers for dogs during the drying process. Covering their ears muffles the noise of the drier and keeps the air from tickling their ears. While some dogs don’t care for the ear covers, they can really help dogs that are afraid of the drier. Having a few treats is never a bad idea as well.
4) Ask for what you need: Our staff are always nearby if you have a question or if there is something that might make self-service easier for you. We know a lot of little hints that can make you and your dog have a better time.
5) Practice makes perfect: Nothing makes giving your dog a bath easier than if you both know what to expect. We always recommend starting early and often to get your dog accustomed to being bathed and groomed. After your first visit both you and your dog will be more comfortable in Bubbly Paws and you will know exactly what you need to do a great job.
If self-service sounds like a chore don’t fear! Our groomers have the experience to give your dog the best grooming around with a gentle touch to boot. Whichever option is right for your dog never worry about leaving the mess with us!
I am so honored that Bubbly Paws Dog Wash and Spa has been nominated as “Best Groomer” by the readers of the St Louis Park Magazine for the 3rd year in a row! We have 3 wonderful dog groomers at our St Louis Park store and all do an amazing job! Click here for more information or to buy tickets to the awards! A complete list of nominations is below:
All finalists are listed in alphabetical order. Listed order of finalists in no way implies number of votes or final result.
Bakery: Honey & Rye Bakehouse, Muddy Paws Cheesecake, Yum! Kitchen and Bakery
Burgers: Bunny’s Bar & Grill, Burger Jones, Park Tavern
Tavern or Bar: Bunny’s Bar & Grill, McCoy’s Public House, Park Tavern
Kid-friendly restaurant: Bunny’s Bar & Grill, Park Tavern, Yum! Kitchen and Bakery
New restaurant: Honey & Rye Bakehouse, Urban Sub, Yard House
Patio dining: Cooper Irish Pub, Crave, Rojo Mexican Grill
Bartender: Chelsea Carson-Steel Toe Brewing Tap Room, Shaun Farrow-Yard House
Date night spot: Crave, Mill Valley Kitchen, Rojo Mexican Grill
Place for craft beer on tap: McCoy’s Public House, Steel Toe Brewing, Yard House
Dessert spot: Mill Valley Kitchen, Park Yogurt, Yum! Kitchen and Bakery
Chiropractic clinic: Boulevard Chiropractic Clinic, Lake Pointe Chiropractic & Wellness, West End Chiropractic and Wellness,
Dental clinic: Metro Dentalcare, Park Dental, Tranquility Dental,
Orthodontic clinic: All Care Dentistry, Family Orthodontics PA, Orthodontic Care Specialists
Pediatric Clinic: Park Nicollet Clinic, Partners in Pediatrics, Pediatric Services
Fitness or yoga studio: CorePower Yoga, Life Time Fitness, Yoga Center Minneapolis,
Medspa or rejuvenation clinic: LifeSpa – Lifetime Fitness, Phresh, Urban Retreat
Eye clinic: Park Nicollet Clinic, Rose Fashion Optical, Whiting Clinic
Dermatology clinic: Academic Dermatology, Park Nicollet Clinic
Senior living residence: Parkshore Senior Campus, Sholom Home West/Menorah Plaza, TowerLight
Builder or remodeler: Anchor Builders, Choice Wood Company, Sicora Design Build
Home retail or furnishings: CIEL Loft & Home, Odds and Ends Furniture Gallery, Woody’s Furniture
Interior designer: Jackie Halverson-Anchor Builders, Laura Potter-Laura Potter Designs, Wendy Rostal-Rostal Design
Heating or AC company: Cronstrom’s Heating and Air Conditioning, Standard Heating and Air Conditioning, Vogt Heating and Air Conditioning
Yard Service: Green Horizons, CN’R Lawn and Landscape, Rainbow Treecare
Preschool or childcare: Kids’ Place-Lenox Community Center, Kid Zone Child Care Center, Wooddale Community Nursery School
Doggy daycare or kennel: Hot Dog Walking, Pampered Pooch Playground, Petropawlis Pet Hotel
Place to spoil your pet: Bubbly Paws Dog Wash, Lulu & Luigi’s, Petropawlis Pet Hotel
Veterinary clinic: All Paws Animal Hospital, Oak Knoll Animal Hospital, Westgate Animal Hospital
Dance studio: Barre Bliss, On Your Toes School of Dance, Park Dance Center
Financial advisor: Kim Mitchell – Thrivent, Mark Nevermann – Edward Jones, Michael Kirschling – J. Bentley Insurance
Hairstylist or barber: Darrin Miernicki – Darrin James Salon and Spa, Rochelle Farrow – Darrin James Salon and Spa, Sasha Zoghi – Revolution Salon
Massage therapist: Christa Caputa- Urban Retreat Salon, Sara Garnier- West End Chiropractic, Tianna Johnson – Darrin James Salon and Spa
Real estate agent: Charlie Adair, Richard Webb, Susan Melbye
Salon or spa: Revolution Salon, Phresh, Darrin James Salon and Spa
Insurance agent: Greg Loffhagen, Scott Mobley, Susan Haub
Nail salon: Glamour Nails, Honey Nails, Ocean Spa and Nails
Boutique: Apricot Lane, Evereve, Primp
Small-business customer service: Chears Audiology, Mama’s Happy, Waxing the City
Gift shop: Guild Collective, Judith McGrann & Friends, Max’s
Jewelry store: Continental Diamond, Max’s
New shop: Mama’s Happy, Revolution Salon, Waxing the City
Florist: Arts & Flowers, Byerly’s, Linsk Flowers
Liquor store: Liquor Barrel, Liquor Boy, The Four Firkins
Consignment shop: Opitz, Rodeo Drive, Upscale Consignment
Shoe store: DSW, Opitz, Schuler Shoes
Foodie store: Good Day Cafe, Gourmet Oil & Vinegar, Yum! Kitchen and Bakery
Car dealership: German Auto Works, Morrie’s Hyundai, Westside Volkswagon
Coffee shop: Honey & Rye Bakehouse, Vitali’s Bistro, Yum! Kitchen and Bakery
This past December a video production team from Fedex Office stopped out to our Saint Louis Park dog wash to find out more about how we work and how FedEx Office has helped us become one of the premier dog washes in the country! We had so much fun shooting this video. One quick side note, the woman that was working at the FedEx Office store in the video is a not only a FedEx Office team member, but a real life Bubbly Paws customer! How cool is that?? Click Here to read more or watch the video below!
I love Minnesota, our state has so much to offer. But in January and February I start to get a little tired of the cold weather and the snow. Our groomer Jessica helped me pick out a few things to help keep your pooch comfortable and healthy in these harsh winter months.
Winter can be very drying on our skin, and our dogs. Detanglers help moisturize their coat and ease brushing out snarls and keep static in check. Jessica’s favorite is Pet Head‘s Fur Ball, I really like HappyTails Rough to Smooth and recommend FURminator’s deTangling spray as well. To protect sensitive paw pads from ice, slush and salt use a foot protectant. Musher’s Secret is an amazing product. It is all natural, dense wax that is also breathable. It is used by professional mushers in the most extreme conditions and does great for our city dogs paws! We also have a few other paw rubs made by Cain & Abel and HappyTails but all of them are safe if your dog decides to lick them off. FurButter is an intense coat conditioner for when your dog’s coat gets very dry or damaged.
We have a huge selection of sweaters and jackets for dogs. RuffWear makes some of the warmest and sturdiest jackets. Their Climate Changer is made of the softest polar fleece to keep your dog warm in dry conditions but when it is raining, snowing or sleeting the K-9 Overcoat is the way to go. It is wind and water resistant with a fleece lining and tough polyester shell to keep body heat in and the weather out. All of RuffWear’s jackets have hidden but easy to use buckles, snugly lined zippers and integrated reflective piping to increase visibility.
Here’s wishing you and your best buddy a warm and safe winter!
When we first opened our first Bubbly Paws location, we always wanted to be much more than just a business. We wanted to give back to the pet community community in which we are located. Over the years we have done this in various ways from donations, silent auction items, fundraisers, sponsorships and more! I am happy to announce that in 2014 we donated over $10,000 in goods, services and money to local pet rescues and shelters in the Twin Cities!
We want to do even more good and help even more people in the community! This year we are kicking off our “Random Acts of Bubbly” campaign. Throughout the year we will be helping out local rescues and shelters! If you have any ideas on how we can help, feel free to contact me! Because we are a small business, we can’t handle every request we get, but we will try!
In addition to the Bubbly Paws crew giving back, we strongly encourage all of our customers to create their own “Random Acts of Bubbly”. Let us know what you have done to help out in the Twin Cities, use #bubblypaws or share it on our Facebook page!
Our first “Random acts of Bubbly” is going to take place this week! I will give you all the details soon!