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Are dog groomers open during lockdown?

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As England enters its second national lockdown and non-essential businesses are forced to close, many dog owners have been left wondering whether dog groomers will also close.

By Zoë Monk

Published on the 07/11/2020, 09:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:24

The rules are clear for some businesses such as restaurants, pubs, bars and fashion retailers who must shut, along with human hairdressers and beauty salons.

But for dog groomers, the rules still haven’t been clarified which has left dog owners, groomers, boarders and walkers in England somewhat confused.

Seeking clarity

Even trade bodies and local councils don’t know what the latest lockdown means for the industry. On its Facebook page, the Pet Industry Federation (PIF) said they are seeking clarity on what the new national lockdown will mean for pet businesses.

The new restrictions started at 12.01 am on 5th November and are expected to last until 2nd December.

Some dog grooming businesses have assumed they must temporarily shut up shop while others believe they provide an essential service and will stay open until they hear otherwise. Until the rules are clarified, the best advice is to contact your dog groomer and see if they are still open for business.

Pamper your pooch at home

But what do you do if your dog is looking a looking more like a mop than a mutt?

Even if you don’t feel confident to give your dog a full haircut, there are some things you can do to pamper your pooch and ensure they look (and smell) their best during lockdown. Sprinkling baby powder on their hair will help you comb out tangles, while a good wash with a dog-friendly shampoo will get rid of any dirt and grime they’ve picked up on their walks. If your pup is obliging, also try to give them a pedicure if their nails are getting long.

If your pup is in need of a pamper, check out our top grooming tips

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