Sally Plank (2)

Spotlight Registered: 31 May 2019
Booking Line: 07713166813

Small Paws Dog Grooming



About me

Small Paws Dog Grooming started 9 years ago providing dog grooming services based in Washington, Tyne and Wear.

Grooming in a purpose built studio, I provide a one-to-one, appointment only service, providing a calm, quiet, safe environment. There are no other dogs, distractions or noise other than calming, gentle Reiki meditation music. My priority is to create an experience as enjoyable and relaxing as possible for every dog and each dogs individual needs met.

I work with many dogs who need extra time and attention as they have various difficulties surrounding grooming. Working together, the grooming is taken at the dogs own pace to build a relationship of trust and positivity.

Having studied animal management, canine behaviour and being a Reiki Master Practitioner my grooming emphasis is towards holistic grooming – being in tune with how dogs behave and learn.

Grooming holistically simply means considering everything. Working holistically isn’t just about the pet and the time it’s on the grooming table, it is understanding everything that affects the dog’s life. – looking at the big picture: the dog, the owner, its lifestyle and the groomer. We all work together. Every element is as important as the other, and decisions are based on what is best for all.

A good groom is expected from all groomers, but a great groom leaves the dog feeling as good as it looks, the owner feeling pleased and the groomer happy. If something isn’t healthy and balanced either physically, mentally or emotionally, then it’s losing some of the quality of life it could have.

*ICMG/IPG Certified Advanced Professional Groomer (CAPG)

*ICMG/IPG Certified Professional Groomer (CPG)

*Fully Qualified City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma for Professional Gog Grooming Stylists

*City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate in Dog Grooming

* Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Animal Management

*Studied Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Canine Behaviour Management

*Pet First Aid trained and Qualified

*Reiki Level 1 & 2 fully qualified Reiki Practitioner and Level 3a Master Practitioner complying with National Occupational Standards (NOS)

I’m currently working towards City & Guilds LCGI Level 4 Professional Recognition Award.

I attend seminars to continue my development and learning new techniques to keep providing the best service I can for my customers.

I also volunteer for a local animal shelter and when needed, provide grooming for those who find themselves in need.

Services include:

*Full Grooms - Shampoo wash and dry, hygiene trim, nails and pad trim, ear care (clean), style and cut.

*Shampoos wash and dry only

*Full brush outs and deshedding

*Puppy Introductions


*Nagayu CO2 bathing treatment for problematic skin and fur conditions

*Reiki for Animals/Pets



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  • Sarah Parker

    We adopted our shih tzu Archie just over a year ago. Sally was recommended to us by the shelter we adopted Archie from as she volunteers her services to the dogs in their care. Archie was very scared of the whole grooming process but over the year his trust in Sally has grown. She has been so patient with him, going at his pace to the point now that Sally is able to do most of his groom 'grumble free'!! Thank you Sally.

  • Sally Plank

    Thank you Sarah. Working with Archie and yourselves and seeing him transform and gain confidence with grooming over the last year has been a privilege. He has truly come on leaps and bounds! Thank you again for all your hard work and dedication with the little one between grooms, Sally

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