COVID-19 Update
Last updated Tuesday, 23rd February 2020 10:42

Wagtails is still temporarily closed to all but Welfare Grooms due to ongoing COVID restrictions.

Following the announcement from the government on the 22nd February 2021 I am awaiting updates from DEFRA and the local council for a date for full reopening, as soon as I have any further news, I will post updates here.

If your dog is matted and in pain or has skin issues please get in contact Thank you for your continuing support, I look forward to seeing you all very soon.


 COVID-19 Update
Last updated Thursday, 14th January 2020 13:57

As a result of the revised information from the Government Wagtails is now temporarily closed to all but Welfare Grooms

The Government department DEFRA have released new guidance to Pet Groomers which introduce further restrictions on how we can operate. This in the light of the national lockdown imposed by Government on 6th January 2021 because of Coronavirus. The first paragraph of the guidelines now states:

"Groomers may accept a dog to be groomed by appointment where this is necessary for the animal’s welfare and not simply for aesthetic reasons. Welfare reasons could include on veterinary advice for a skin condition or excessive matting causing the pet discomfort. When routine grooming can be delayed without affecting the pet’s welfare until the national lockdown is eased it should be put off."

The links below provide further reading on the current regulations and restrictions:

I will be contacting all my customers who have sessions booked to discuss your pets individual circumstances. But unless you pets condition falls within the rules mentioned above, then it is likely that I will have to re-schedule your pets grooming session until after the current lockdown, or until the Government relax the regulations again.

If while waiting for the lockdown to end your pet develops a skin condition, becomes matted and this is causing discomfort, or you have a referral from a Vet, then please get in touch to arrange an appointment. Please note that to comply with Colchester Council requirements, you will be requested to sign a form confirming the groom is for welfare purposes (photos may also be taken as evidence to back this up).

As soon as the Government publish further information, or relax the rules so that I can fully re-open I will post further updates here and on Facebook

Thank you all for your continued support and understanding, it means so much to me.


About Wagtails

Hello and welcome to Wagtails Dog Grooming website. Wagtails was established in 2014 and quickly became a successful business. My name is Tracey, I am a fully qualified and insured one to one dog groomer specialising in small to medium breed dogs.

I work from my home on Highwoods Colchester.

I make sure that every individual dog gets the utmost time, care and attention during their grooming process. Your special friend will get a relaxing, pleasant and stress free experience. It is important to me that both my clients and their dog are happy with the service I provide and listen to the requirements of each individual.



  •  One to one service, personal and individual grooming sessions.
  •  No customer overlap, only ever one dog in at a time (unless from the same household).
  •  No cage dryers, hand dryers only.
  •  We use cruelty free, all natural shampoo and conditioners.

Puppy Groom

Introduce your puppy to the grooming process, for puppies up to 6 months or 26 weeks of age. Prices from £20 depending on breed

A session to acclimatise your puppy to the sights, sounds and smells of the grooming process so that they become comfortable with being groomed, and find a visit to the grooming salon a happy and enjoyable experience.

The Puppy Groom consists of the following:

  •  Initial brush.
  •  A bath using an all natural shampoo.
  •  Hand dry (no cage dryers used).
  •  A further brush.
  •  Sanitary clip.
  •  Ear clean and face tidy.
  •  Pad trim and feet tidy, plus nail trim (clip or file).

Our Services

Prices are a guide only, the cost is dependent on breed, temperament and coat condition. All prices are confirmed in a pre-groom consultation, see Price List for further details. Please review and follow the Appointment, Animal Health and COVID-19 guidance before attending your grooming session.
Full Groom - Clip or Scissor
Prices from £30
  •  Pre-Bath prep, bath with quality natural shampoo, hand dry.
  •  Coat styled using clippering and scissoring to your requriements.
  •  Sanitary clip, nail clipping and ear cleaning included.
Full Groom - De-Shedding
Prices from £30
  •  Pre-Bath prep, bath with quality natural shampoo, hand dry.
  •  Coat de-shedding.
  •  Sanitary clip, nail clipping and ear cleaning included.
Wash and Dry
Prices from £20
  •  Bath with all natural shampoo and hand dry.
  •  Nail clipping not included.
Wash Only
Prices from £10
  •  Bath with all natural shampoo.
  •  Drying not included.
  •  Nail clipping not included.
Prices from £8
  •  Nail clipping or grinding.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions this service is not available at present.

Opening Times


Contact Wagtails

 01206 805733

I may be grooming another customers dog when you call. If so, please leave a message and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Find us on  Google Maps
10 Pampas Close

Payment Methods

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Card or Bank Transfer only during the COVID-19 pandemic.