Grooming Salon

Grooming Salon Knip & Knap the professional grooming salon for dogs in Amsterdam

It's important that your furry friend leaves our salon in a happy frame of mind

At our grooming salon in DOA Osdorp you can have your dog professionally groomed by one of our qualified animal beauticians, or groomers. If your dog is enjoying our hospitality, in day-care or staying in our guesthouse, for example, he can be groomed or washed at the end of the day. But, of course, even if he is not our temporary guest you can always bring your dog to be spoiled in this way. Our grooming salon boasts all manner of mod cons and ergonomic materials. Moreover, both the bath and grooming table can be adjusted in height, not really for our convenience but for your dog’s. Not having to be lifted up is better for your dog, especially if he’s a big fella. We find it important that your furry friend leaves our salon in a happy frame of mind, which is why we lavish him with TLC and ensure he’s exposed to as little stress as possible in the process. A handsome, happy dog with an owner to match, that's our bottom line.

How often does a dog need to be groomed?

Truth be told, a regular visit to a grooming salon is recommended for nearly all dogs, irrespective of whether they are pedigree or cross-breed, or short-haired or long-haired. How frequently your pooch should visit our grooming salon depends on his coat type which also, of course, influences how often you should groom your dog yourself. As a generic rule of thumb:

  1. Rough-haired coat (terriers, dachshunds, etc.): 2-4 times a year
  2. Spaniels and retrievers (English cocker spaniel, golden retriever, etc.): 4-6 times a year
  3. Short-haired coat (Shih Tzu, Maltese etc.): 4-6 times a year
  4. Poodle: 4-8 times a year
  5. Woolly-haired dogs (herding dogs, short-haired moulting dogs, etc.): 2-6 times a year

What can we offer?

We offer all kinds of grooming services: you can come to us to have your dog washed, or have his coat plucked de-wooled or even clipped. And after a wash your dog will be properly blow-dried. We’ll also be pleased to pluck the dog’s ears and manicure his nails for you. We only draw the line at applying nail varnish... :)

How should you prepare your dog?

It’s always a good idea to make the visit as amenable as possible for your dog. So make sure you let him out beforehand. For people and for dogs, there’s nothing worse than having to cross your legs because you’re desperate to go!

* Given that a grooming session can be tiring for your dog, make sure you give him something to eat beforehand. This is certainly true for older dogs and/or those of a nervous disposition.

* When you bring your dog in make sure you keep him on a leash. There might be another dog in the salon when you walk in, or he may no longer be up for the idea and suddenly decide to make a U-turn.

* Make sure your dog does not have fleas. It’s simply not true that every dog has fleas. If your dog has them please inform us in advance so we can immediately bathe him to prevent contamination. We’ll also be pleased to inform you how you can combat fleas.

* If your dog has a contagious disease, unfortunately we’ll have to ask you to cancel the appointment.

* If your dog is injured, we can collectively discuss whether it will still be possible to groom him.

What can you do at home?

If you regularly brush your dog at home, his coat will stay in better condition and we’ll be able to get a better result from grooming him. Clipping your dog’s coat very short really isn’t nice. By using the correct brush and comb you can easily maintain his coat yourself. In our salon, we’ll be pleased to show you the best way to brush your dog and the materials that will make it easier.

Make an appointment

If you’d like to book your dog in for a grooming session you can make an appointment by telephone. Our receptionist will transfer you to the grooming salon. And if there’s nobody from the salon available to take your call, just leave your telephone number so we can call you back as quickly as possible. If you’re a regular visitor to DOA you can just walk into our salon or leave your telephone number at the reception desk.

You can also simply send us an email at trimsalon@doamsterdam.nl and we’ll respond to your request as soon as we can.

Opening hours

We’re open every day, except Sundays, from 09:00 to 17.00.

How much will a grooming session cost? 

Clearly, because every dog is different and there are even variations between dogs of the same breed, we have to charge different prices. To give you a ballpark figure, we charge €30 per hour, rising to €35 per hour for de-wooling. For an exact quote it’s better to call us.