Lots of great advice

Choosing a dog

We are not biased at all when it comes to dogs 🙂 They make wonderful pets and dogs have many positive effects on the lives of their owners.  They promote an active lifestyle, provide companionship and they influence emotional and cognitive development in children and the elderly.  Many studies show that owning a dog reduces stress and anxiety even petting a dog familiar dog is proven to lower blood pressure, reduce heart rate, slow breathing, and relaxes muscle tension. However, owning a dog can be a lifelong commitment as some dogs live up to 15 years and more!.  As an owner, you are responsible for the dog so it is really important that you consider all the factors before you choose a dog.

Below are some useful links to help you make a decision when it comes to deciding what type of dog is right for you and where to source a dog. PLEASE be very careful where you source your dog from, sadly Ireland is considered the puppy farm capital of Europe.

House Of Hounds grooms hundreds of dogs and sadly we see are seeing more and more anxious dogs from ‘the farm’ owners sometimes unknowingly purchasing these dogs. You may think you are ‘saving’ a dog from a puppy farm but you are financially supporting the sellers and you could end up with a dog with behavior and medical issues for 15 years plus.

Do also consider adopting and don’t shop, and if you are adopting don’t forget the older dogs, they have so much to offer, and they are often overlooked.  A cute puppy may need a lot of training which takes a lot of time and money so just consider the oldies when deciding.

Useful Links

Below are some useful links to help you in deciding what dog is right for you and where to source them from.


Dogs Aid is based near Ballymun

Dogs Trust Ashbourne Road, Finglas

DSPCA Rathfarham


How to avoid the puppy farm some useful tips

Which dog is for me?

Choosing the right dog

Breeds of Dogs

Costs associated with owning a dog

Whatever you decide House Of Hounds wishes you luck in your search.

“A dog will teach you, unconditional love. If you can have that in your life, things won’t be too bad.”

 Rober Wagner

Our Salon Etiquette

We require a few things from you to ensure the grooming process is as smooth as possible and this starts at our reception! We would ask you kindly:

  • Please do not arrive early/late for your appointment. We work on a very close schedule and a lot of the time are unable to take your dog outside of their scheduled time. We try our best to be accommodating on this so please let us know if you feel you may be outside of your appointment time.
  • If you do arrive at the salon and your dog is not quite finished, we ask that you keep out of sight so your dog does not see/hear you. Naturally, they will get very excited which can be unsafe if they are on the grooming table, and we may be unable to complete the groom.
  • Keep your dog on a lead at all times in the salon.
  • Please do not bring your dog in for their groom if they have had diarrhea or been treated for fleas in the last 14 days.
  • If you do not stick to the recommended grooming schedule be prepared to pay higher prices
  • Be realistic, a knotty dog = more work = more expensive on a sliding scale of severity
  • Let us know of any changes to your dog’s lifestyle eg. household changes, vet visits, injuries, or anything that may lead them to be out of sorts. Changes do affect dogs, we are not mind readers so please tell us.
  • Tell us in advance of any behavior issues your dog may have
  • As per our T&Cs, no-shows will always be charged 50% of the estimated grooming fee and an upfront deposit will be required for any future bookings.
  • No-Show or late cancellation three times and you will need to find another groomer. No Exceptions.
  • If you do need to cancel please give us as much notice as possible min 24 business hours to avoid the late cancellation fee.
  • Please keep noise to a minimum when you enter the salon this will avoid disturbing any other dogs who may still be in the process of being groomed.
  • You do not have permission to take photos of other dogs or our staff in the salon, shoot away with your own dog after the groom.
  • Don’t forget you can book your next appointment before you leave the salon! This will avoid any disappointment where we may be fully booked and will ensure your dog’s grooming schedule is kept.
  • If you ring the doorbell and we do not answer straight away, we promise we’re not ignoring you! Often we will need to secure a dog we are working on in order to answer the door safely.

All our grooms require that your dog has a pre-health check, bathed, dried, brushed, and combed before we start styling.  From bath to being ready to groom takes a minimum of 1 hour.  Styling can take from 30 minutes up to 2 hours depending on the complexity of the groom.  Please be patient if you want fast and furious you are in the wrong salon.

Super customers stick to a regular grooming schedule, either rebooking at the end of each appointment or booking 2/3 appointments ahead.

It is your responsibility to upkeep your dog’s coat while brushing their dogs at home with tools appropriate to their breed.  We are happy to advise you on how often and how to brush your dog, just ask us.

Customers who try to stretch out their grooming appointments to save money will be charged extra for the time it takes to work on the dog.

Dogs that bite: If your dog is a biter, for whatever reason, YOU MUST LET US KNOW.

If your dog attempts to bite in the salon and you have not made us aware that we are at risk we will not offer any future appointments.

How we work

Each dog is hand washed in HOWND shampoos, which contain NO alcohol, parabens, soap, dyes, optical brighteners, or bleaches.  They are Wheat Free, PH balanced, and vegan.

For De-shedding we do use a different range of de-shedding shampoos, speak to our team if you would like further information regarding the ingredients in those shampoos.

Each dog is bathed in organic shampoo in the hydrobath, rinsed using the oxygen microbubble treatment machine, and given a Lavender Wrap and an Ultrasound dental treatment.

Your dog is then finished. It may be clipped, it may be scissored, it could be hand stripped – this bit depends on the breed or type of dog we’re doing.

All of our grooms include a pre-health check, ear cleaning, trimming and filing of nails, hygiene, and pad trim.

When your dog is finished you will receive a text message to collect, we are not a pet sitting service so we do kindly ask you to collect your dog within 30 mins of the arranged collection time.  We will charge a minding fee of €5 per 15 mins.

Payment has to be made upon collecting your dog.  We can arrange for payment links to be sent to the payee if another person is collecting your dog. We take payments by card or cash.

You cannot take your dog away if you have not paid in full for the groom.

We do some freebies – notably, dogs brought to us by recognised rescue societies who are often in dire need of our services. Every groom we do pays a little bit towards this service, so pat yourself on the back and know that you’re helping a homeless dog every time you visit here.