Whats in The Willow & Plum Soap?

WillowandPlumSoapCo.co.uk Handmade Natural Soaps Made in Fife, Scotland Every soap bar contains – Bentonite clay, 100% Tussah silk, Extra Virgin Olive Oil – which moisturizes and gently cleanses the skin. Its antioxidant properties are legendary for nourishing skin and fighting the signs of aging. Organic Coconut Oil – It makes for a long-lasting bar that’s […]

Aloe Vera & Lime soap by Willow & Plum Soap Co.

Aloe Vera & Lime This is a very special bar! During the manufacturing process we have replaced the water content with 100% natural Aloe vera gel. This remains in the finished product giving you a bar that feels soft and gel like. The natural enzymes and minerals in Aloe provide excellent moisture retention which should […]

Advice on wasp / bee stings for dog owners

Bee Stings  You may witness your dog being stung—for instance, your dog was chasing a bee or maybe he walked into a patch of clover where bees were hanging out. If he was stung on the nose or ears, those areas may swell even if your dog does not have an allergic reaction. Or he […]

Itchy Scratchy Dog? The Reasons

I am often asked is why is my dog itch so much? Firstly, there is the reason for the itchiness. Parasites – fleas, ticks, worms, etc cause the dog to scratch and move about. Ticks are particularly nasty as the slowly poison the blood causing lethargy. During the spring and fall (autumn) moths, it is […]

Soothing that itchy hound!

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Here are some of my simple and natural suggestions I would use to help soothe your itchy hound. The dogs’ skin prefers a slightly acid pH in order to reduce the harm caused by the natural pathogens that it comes into contact with. If the skin is not suitably acidic, these pathogens start their work […]

Videos – the A1 Grooming experience

I am proud to say that the first videos of the A1 Grooming experience have been successfully completed and are available to view! I have decided to ramble on to explain the process in all the videos. there are 5 in there series – each one for each stage. Pre groom Washing Drying Styling Finishing […]

Christmas Gift Ideas

With Christmas approaching fast, I thought I would share some of my thoughts on gifts for your beloved pooch.   1. Collars and leads. For something bespoke , long lasting and easy to maintain and clean regularly, why not the luxury of a light weight, padded leather collar? You can specify colours, style, sparkly gems […]

On Reflection………

December has arrived and for us groomers’ this month will be a hard month as everyone wants their dogs’ looking wonderful for Christmas. AND so they should! Over the last few weeks I have had more time to do the all so important maintenance of blades and equipment and also to do some reflecting. As […]

Steps to do Restraint free grooming

Question: How do you manage to do restraint free grooming? My approach to restraint free grooming is to allow the dog to become familiar with the environment and the premises without any verbal interruption or handling.   This can take up to 20 mins depending on the personality of the dog. Some settle very quickly and […]