Duration: How long was the grooming session?
Facilites: Was the salon clean and comfortable? 
Results: Was the desired cut delivered and was grooming thorough?

BUBBLY PETZ @ 266 Joo Chiat Road
Tel: 6348 6872, Opening Hours: Mon, Wed and Sun, 10am-7pm; Fri and Sat, noon-9pm. Closed on Tue.
Price: $80

Test: Tester was two-year-old Miniature Schnauzer Bella. Requested for a Schnauzer cut with a cute twist.
Verdict: Gorgeous, cage-free facilities, with plenty of wood furnishings and wide open spaces. All rooms have viewing windows, so concerned pet owners can watch the grooming process (not recommended for dogs that get excited when they see their owners). Groomer Desmond gave Bella a tidy Schnauzer cut with fluffy ears and a round face to make her look more youthful. However, her nails were still a tad rough after the grooming session. The entire process took about two hours. Take note that if your pooch needs its teeth brushed, you will have to supply your own toothbrush and paste.
Duration: 3.5/5, Facilities: 4.5/5, Results: 3.5/5

5A DOG’S LIFE @ 32 Eng Hoon Street
Tel: 6222 8559, Opening Hours: Tue to Thu, 10am-7pm; Fri to Sun, 10am-8pm. Closed on Mon.
Price: $70 / $140 for teeth scaling (sans anaesthesia)

Test: Tester was Piper, a vocal white-coloured Miniature Schnauzer-cross. She has balding on her back with beard stains. Needed coat to look fuller and beard to appear less brown. A teeth scaling was also requested (not included in standard grooming). Verdict: Duration of the entire process took about four hours due to the teeth scaling, and the special blade required to create a more artisanal look. Results were exceptional—instead of simply shaving her, Piper was given a short cut around her body to mask the balding, a fluffy angled shape around her face, and a cute bobtail. Ears were thorougly cleaned with all fur within removed, nails were clipped with minimum roughness, and her teeth were immaculate. Her beard stains were minimised through a careful trim. Notably, Piper was not stressed after the session.
Duration: 3/5  Facilities: 3/5  Results: 4.5/5


For the full article of our reviews on doggy salons, flip to Tried & Tested of our April/May 2015 issue!
Salon photos by Desmond Lim.