How long does grooming take? I do my very best to get your dog done as quickly as possible. I begin your dog's grooming as soon as you drop it off. I like to say that it will take one to two hours, but it can take more or less time depending on size, cut, and condition of the dog. I will call you as soon as the grooming is finished and the dog is ready to be picked up.
My dog is matted. Do I need to cut his hair short? I will do my best to keep your dog's hair as close to the desired length as possible. Unfortunately, trying to comb out matted hair is painful for your dog and can be dangerous. If the mats are tight, the safest and most comfortable option for your dog is to cut the hair short. It is usually easier to maintain and prevent additional matting with a fresh start.
Can I stay with my dog and watch them get groomed? It is best and safest to not let the dog see you during grooming. If your dog can see you, they typically fight to get to you, which can create a dangerous situation when working with sharp tools. However, there are exceptions and I'm happy to accommodate so long as your dog allows it.
How do you dry the dogs? This is a very important question to ask any groomer because your pet's safety is at stake. Please ask this regardless of where you decide to take your pet for grooming. I use towels, fans, and no-heat blow-dryers. Hot and dangerous cage dryers are not used at my salon.
Can I drop my dog off early? Can my dog stay all day while I'm at work? Early drop offs are just fine, I can work with your schedule if you let me know what you need, however, I am unable to board dogs all day as my salon is very small and I do not have space. I also think it is more stressful for the dog to stay all day while I'm working on other dogs. I understand that my hours might not accommodate everyone's work schedule, so I offer special evening appointments on Wednesdays and Thursdays, if needed. Just ask :)
How often should my dog be groomed? Typically, dogs should be groomed every six to eight weeks. Regular visits can help reduce skin allergies and rehydrate the skin to reduce doggie dandruff. Unlike humans who breathe in allergens, dogs also absorb them through their skin. Sand, dirt, and oil also build up in the coat, which causes odor, and can collect on furniture and carpets in the home. I encourage you to book your next appointment when you pick up your dog. That way, you will not need to worry about waiting until things get really bad, or not getting the date and time that works best for you.
Do you groom cats? No, I'm sorry I do not, but I can cut their nails for $8.
Do you groom hard-to-handle pets? Yes I do. I have no problem grooming more difficult dogs and enjoy helping them overcome their fears. If, however, due to their behavioral issues, it takes me longer to groom your dog, the cost may be a little bit more to compensate for the extra time. As the dog gets better with time, I will charge less on the next groom.
Can you help with my shedding dog?Absolutely! I have a de-shedding process that involves extra blowing, and brushing out the dead undercoat, followed by a bath with special de-shedding shampoo and conditioner that loosens up the hair follicles to allow me to get even more hair out after the bath, additional blowing out and drying of the coat, followed again with more brushing. This process helps a great deal, especially in the spring with they lose their winter coat, and in the fall when they transform from summer to winter. It's great any time they are shedding and when you want to give your broom and vacuum a break!