Slapton, South Hams, Devon

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Bespoke Dog Grooming and Spa Services

A note from Louise: Winter grooming and your Christmas groom appointment reminder.

It’s Winter and with the drop in temperature, you may notice your best friend is shedding more around the house as their skin prepares its winter coat. Book a winter groom to help stimulate a healthy winter coat growth so your pet remains warm and waterproof in the cooler, wet weather.

‘Doodle’ owners, now is the time to groom your dog properly every day for 10-15 mins to remove dirt and debris from their coats to prevent matts easily developing with the extra mud and moisture in the environment. When your Doodles coat starts to look dull, feel thicker, brushing and combing is harder, the comb ‘sticks’ more in the coat and there are significantly more dead hairs in your slicker brush/comb than normal - these are all clear signs that your Doodle needs a bath and good brush and comb through. Work through this and you will be rewarded with a lovely lush winter coat.

Enjoy you winter walks and also don’t forget to check the date of your Christmas groom appointment as its a very busy time of year and very likely not possible to reschedule this as all groomers are extra busy ensuring everyone’s best friend is clean and gorgeous for the festive period.

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See what more people are saying about SootyPaws

I spoke to Louise about grooming my rescue dog Teddy who is still extremely nervous when being handled, but has a very thick coat that needed a professional groom. Louise spent the first 30 mins just talking & petting Teddy to get him as calm as possible and used a body bandage technique to make him feel more secure. This method worked! and Teddy even had a bath!! He looked fantastic after and is now much more comfortable for the summer. I can now feel relieved that Teddy will be able to be groomed with the minimum stress to him. I will however only be visiting Louise at Sooty Paws for his future treatments....

Tracy (and Teddy a Turkish Rescue dog), Weston Super Mare read more

About Louise

Louise Soothill-Ward - Owner, SootyPaws Professional Dog Grooming Service

Owner, SootyPaws

Hello, my name is Louise and I am the owner of Sooty Paws dog grooming and spa salon based in Slapton, South Hams, Devon.

You can be assured that your pet is in safe hands as I hold a City and Guild Level 2 & 3 qualification in dog grooming, qualifying in November 2015, regularly attend industry training events to keep up-to-date, Pet First Aid trained and am currently studying for the level 3 diploma. I have operated my salon since April 2016 and please take a look at some of my work in the grooming gallery. I am also a member of PIFA (Pet Industry Federation Association, a Reiki second degree USUI system Therapist and am fully insured.

I also live with my own lovely cockapoo who I adore but who also keeps me very busy on the grooming front so all Doodle owners I do understand your grooming challenges and over the years have had the pleasure of living with 2 Persian cats, 4 hamsters, 3 guinea pigs and several goldfish although the later was difficult to groom!

City & Guilds Qualified British Dog Groomer's Association PIF - Pef Industry Federation

Reiki 2nd degree
USUI system therepist

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Please get in touch

To ensure my clients dogs safety and well being, it is not possible to answer the phone when grooming. Please do leave a message, email or text as I do want to hear from you! and I promise to call you back as soon as safely possible, normally early morning around 8.30am, midday or early evening and certainly within 24 hours. Thank you for your understanding and patience.

Best wishes,


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Telephone: 01548 580 496
Mobile: 0780 858 3031



  1. Monday 9am-6pm
  2. Tuesday 9am-1pm
  3. Wednesday 9am-6pm
  4. Thursday 1pm-5pm
  5. Friday 9am-1pm
  6. Saturday 9am-12pm, Consultations only
  7. Sunday Closed


Prospect Hill, Slapton, TQ7 2PN

City & Guilds Qualified British Dog Groomer's Association PIF - Pef Industry Federation

Reiki 2nd degree
USUI system therapist