Frequently Asked Questions
How much does dog grooming cost?
It depends on the breed, condition and individual temperament. I am very reasonably priced and if you would like more information please contact me.
How long does a groom take?
I work alone and enjoy grooming one dog at a time. As soon as your pet arrives I begin the groom and will call you when your pet is finished. Usually it takes no more than two hours.
Do you bathe the dog first?
In order to get an even cut, the hair needs to be clean, so I always bathe the dog as part of grooming. Depending on your dog’s breed and style, I may do a “rough cut”. After the rough cut, the dog is washed, dried and then the haircut is completed. In other cases, I may wash and dry the dog completely before starting the haircut. Most dogs are washed using a hypo-allergenic shampoo, but I can vary the shampoo depending on your needs. After the dog is washed and rinsed, I will use a conditioner as well.
Can you groom my dog to the breed standard?
Yes, I am familiar with most of the breed standards and am experienced with the more popular breeds. Many clients do not groom to the breed standard because of the level of maintenance required. If you want to get your dog groomed to the breed standard, it is helpful to review with me and/or bring pictures. Each dog is different and each person‘s needs vary, so a consultation can help you know your options and decide accordingly.
Can you do a puppy cut?
Puppy cut is a loosely descriptive term. With most breeds, I can maintain the cute puppy look. Most of the time, this means the hair is cut to the same length all over. Many people choose a puppy cut because it is easy to maintain but there is usually a choice of length. I can work with you to choose a style which works for your dog.
My dog’s hair is knotted. Do I need to cut the hair short?
If the hair is matted, it may be possible to “dematt” the coat. Unfortunately, this can be painful. In some cases, de-matting may cause or reveal skin irritation. If your dog is matted, I will advise you what can be done. If the hair can be de-matted without causing pain to the dog, it may be possible to save the coat. If the hair can be de-matted, there will be an additional charge of $15 per half hour. Otherwise, I may recommend cutting the hair short, which means applying the clipper behind the matts. If the hair is matted, I recommend discussing the options before the groom begins.
Can I stay with my dog and watch?
If your dog can see you, this usually leads to the dog trying to be with you and can result in a dangerous condition. I am working with sharp tools and want to avoid additional stress and excitement.
Can I bring in a picture?
Sure. I'll discuss your options and try to achieve the same result.
Do you cut the nails?
Yes, I am able to cut the nails on most dogs. With some dogs, it needs to be done at the veterinarian. Long nails can lead to several issues including joint problems, broken or split nails. With nail cutting, there is always some risk of bleeding. Inside the nail is a blood vessel which grows with the nail. If the nail is allowed to grow long, then cutting the nail even slightly may result in bleeding. If the nails are black, the risk of bleeding increases. If the nail bleeds, we apply styptic powder to the nail. Regular nail trimming can prevent this.
What are anal glands?
The real answer is “something you don’t want to deal with at home!” They are the scent sacs right under a dog’s tail. Some dogs empty them naturally, some do not. I can check if they need to be emptied (expressed).
How is my dog dried?
I use a combination of methods. While in the tub I towel dry the dog and/or use a high-velocity dryer that blows off the majority of water, then I put the pet on the grooming table and finish drying with the high-velocity dryer and perhaps a small hand held hair dryer.
What if I don‘t like the dog groom when its finished?
Please tell me. I aim to please. On the occasion where a haircut is not to your liking, and it is a matter of a little more trimming here or there, I can usually do it right away. In some instances, I may ask you to come again on another day in which case I can start again.