About Us & Our Salon
Debonair Dogz® is a friendly, fully equipped grooming salon nestled in the East Devon Countryside only a few miles from the Jurassic Coast with very good access from Honiton and Axminster just off the A35 outside the village of Wilmington. With plenty of parking inside the small business park it is off road and safe for your pet.
Our salon has everything your doggie could ever need to feel happy, safe and secure in the company of dog lovers that love them all to bits. We groom large dogs and small and all sizes in-between. The salon is equipped to groom any breed of dog and we can groom your pet from puppyhood through their happy and active years and accommodate their needs as they grow older or have any health issues.
Recommended by vets, pet shops, kennels and other local animal business’ Debonair Dogz® has established its name in the local community since 2005 for being a reliable and reputable business that is also regularly recommended by our customers that visit us. The salons popularity through word of mouth has helped Debonair Dogz® to develop and grow from strength to strength and employ a team of staff that receive continuous training to improve and stay current with trends and the new styles gracing the doggie walks! Investment in our staff is paramount and the same grooming team has been in place for over nine years. The team has expanded to meet the growing demands of the salon and we have a good mix of young talent and experience so we able to offer a consistent reliable, quality service.
Our Grooming PhilosophyOur style of grooming is soft and natural, echoing our approach with all our dogs. We look to soften our styles yet when required we can achieve fantastic chiselled lines on terrier heads and top enviable lines on our gundogs and hand stripped coats. Regrowth is always key and the quality of our work is reflected in the longevity of the groom. Our neat scissoring and attention to detail ensure styles last sometimes beyond recommended timescales so the quality of our work represents great value for money. We look at each dog individually and tailor our trims to bring out the best in them. We take into consideration all their attributes and seek to redefine shape, colour and texture of their coats as well as balancing the health needs of each pet with the length of trim that is appropriate to their lifestyle. We pay particular attention to ears, eyes and all areas that require maintaining so you can enjoy your pet having the peace of mind that they have been groomed with love and even more importantly correctly.
In over a decade of grooming most breeds have crossed our path and we have had the benefit of perfecting our trims over time to bring out the best in all our dogs from choosing the most suitable shampoo and product for your pet to evaluating trim length and suitability to lifestyle. We choose the correct methods for each breed and have adapted our knowledge in producing stunning cross designer breed trims too. Experts in natural grooming our work reflects experienced scissoring and clipping techniques.
All our dogs are health checked and you'll have the opportunity to weigh your pet and keep track of their weight during grooming visits. This is all recorded on your personal appointment card that is also a Loyalty Card where you have the opportunity to collect stamps on a range of products & services.
Grooming is not a quick procedure for any dog most have a lot more hair than us! So that must be taken into consideration when thinking about having your dog groomed. Thorough preparation is key to the finished trim so please allow between 2- 3 hrs. depending on breed. Handstripping appointments require more time and so timescales will vary. Nails and Ear Cleaning are included Anal Expression is offered only if needed and will be charged in addition to the groom price.
Awarded Diploma in Grooming & Canine Care by Melanie Winter-Homes. Handstripping Certificate of Approval by Jitka Krizova of Staffordshire Academy of Grooming in Uttoxeter. We are recognised groomers of Irish Terriers and we are on the Southern Irish Terriers grooming register. City & Guilds Level 3 Grooming assessed and passed by Lesley Garrett of Canine Design. First Aid Canine certification is held by all staff certified by the CPD. We are currently working towards the Pet Industry Federation Quality Assurance Certificate. Our staff are sent to our nominated grooming school in Somerset for examining and awards.
Debonair Dogz is an approved business on the local Authority Education list. Students looking to work with animals have the opportunity to apply for work placements through out the year and this has proved very successful with schools in the local area.
Opening HoursOpen Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Fridays 9am to 5:30pm, alternative Thursdays 9am to 5:30pm and Saturdays 9am – 5pm.
Please note the Salon is busy all year round so booking your appointment well in advance is recommended to avoid disappointment. We always have a list you can join if the Salon is fully booked, we will call you if another client moves and an appointment becomes available (Please Note: Appointments are allocated to breed types and how long it takes to groom that breed, and not allocated necessarily in list order).
"I need help bringing my dog from the car to the Salon"We are happy to collect your dog from our car park if you are unable to negotiate the three steps into our reception area. We will return your dog to your car and you may pay via our mobile payment terminal within your vehicle.
"I need to change my Appointment..."We request 48 hrs. notice if you wish to change your appointment although we are understanding in an emergency missed appointments will be chargeable at 50 % of the groom price.
Snow PolicyIf there is fresh snowfall on the morning of your grooming appointment a member of staff from Debonair Dogz® will contact you by 8.00 a.m if your appointment time is before 10.00 a.m. If your appointment time is after 10.00 we will contact you before 9.00 am to advise if the salon is opening. If the salon has to close due to bad weather we will reschedule your appointment. If there is fresh settling snow while your dog is being groomed at our premises and you are concerned that the weather is deteriorating we advise you ring the salon informing us you intend to collect your dog. We always have our customers and dogs best interests at heart and closely monitor weather events. We will contact you if we recommend terminating grooming due to extreme weather and a further appointment will be made. You will only be charged for the finished groom.
This is what some of our customers say about us...
Thank you as always for looking after my Daisy's needs, Tibetan coats can be a nightmare and yet you sort her out each time, she comes away beautifully groomed, happy, relaxed and smelling sweet! Somehow, since seeing you, her coat never seems to matt anymore. By the way, thank you so very much for your advice on her skin condition. The spray you suggested and washes worked a treat and she's all better now thank goodness. Thank you again as always, see you in October
Thank you so much for your kind words it really does mean the world to us. I’m so pleased Daisy’s skin is recovering and your happy with the service you receive from us. We love Daisy, she is always a pleasure to groom. Very Best Wishes. Debbie
Thank you SO much ( and also to your lovely staff ) for all the skill, time and patience you showed our "Romanian rescue dogs" yesterday with their first grooming session. They looked absolutely wonderful afterwards and smelt "divine" ......... !! What a relief .... haha!
Rupert looks wonderful...so handsome and clean. You can certainly make a good job of cutting him Debbie....really pleased with your work, a big Thank you.
I have known Debbie and been using her 1st Class dog grooming parlor, Debonair Dogz® for over 8 years.