Hi! I'm Pam. I've always loved dogs, and have come to the conclusion that I will always have a dog in my life. In the 90's a professional groomer taught me how to groom my Scottish Terrier puppy. Since then, I've groomed every dog that has shared my life. I was very happy when the opportunity presented itself for going to school to enhance my grooming skills. When opening my home based dog salon, I wanted to have a clean, quite environment that would provide a healthy, stress free and kennel free experience for dogs. While here, they're treated like my own, getting hugs, kisses and gentle care! After grooming, they get a grain-free treat and taken out to potty. While waiting to go home, they get to prance around freely, showing off their new look!
ENVIRONMENT: I enjoy providing a 'spa' like atmosphere. Scents to tickle the nose and to keep things smelling nice and clean. Relaxing music in the background creates a calming effect on my furry clients. (It does work!)
BATHING: Most of my furry clients love their massaging bath! I choose a shampoo that is beneficial to their specific need. Whether they have sensitive or itchy skin, need a brightener, or got sprayed by a skunk at the cabin, not everyone gets the same shampoo treatment. I also offer a facial scrub, and a paw massage w/vitamin E oil to help repair the damage from walks on hot summer pavement, or winter elements and chemicals.
DRYING: I prefer fluff drying by hand than kennel drying. If they are afraid, I keep it on the lowest blowing power, or change over to a 'human' hair dryer, that blows even softer. This may take longer, but again, my goal is to keep my furry clients happy, not traumatized. I do not believe in rushing, just to get it done in 1 1/2 - 2 hours. Would you want to be rushed out the door on your relaxing 'spa day'?
NAIL CLIPPING: Nail trimming is an important part of a regular grooming routine. If your dog's nails get too long, they can break, which is painful and sometimes results in infection. Long nails can also cause an irregular gait that leads to skeletal damage. A dogs claws should not quite reach the floor when it is standing at rest. They need to be clipped when ever they get longer than that. And don't forget the dew claws!
TEETH BRUSHING: Veterinarians estimate 85% of dogs over age 5 suffer from periodontal disease. If tartar isn't removed from your dog's teeth, it will eventually inflame the gums. As the inflamed gums begin to separate from the teeth, pockets form and more bacteria grows. Your dog can experience severe pain, lose teeth, form abscesses in the mouth and develop a bacterial infection that spreads through the bloodstream to the kidneys, liver, heart or brain. Periodontal disease is irreversible, so start now on a regular home oral-care regimen for your dog.
YOUR DOGS' VISIT: Since I work alone, plan on 2 1/2 - 3 hours for their visit. After grooming, they get a 'grain-free' treat for being such a good doggie. I take them out to potty, since they've been here for a few hours and most of them really need to go by this time. Then, there are a few options.....I play ball if they are game.....Some wander off to the playpen to lay quiet on the fluffy bed.....The 'lovey' ones lay in my lap and get cuddles. I let them choose the activity till Mom/Dad picks them up. (being in a kennel is not an option!)
IMPORTANCE OF HOME GROOMING: Do you go 6-12 weeks without a bath or brushing your hair?Of course not, and neither should your furry friend! Bath time is the perfect opportunity to stay ahead of knotting/matting. I advise brushing and/or combing before bathing, because water only makes it worse. Every dog owner should own a brush and/or comb. At the very least, once a week brush and/or comb out all knots/matts possible. I like brushing first, then following up with combing, because brush bristles are not as long as the tongs on a comb and may not get deep knots/matts out. Frequent brushing/combing will prevent extra charges for dematting at the groomer, or the possibility of having to completely shave your dog. Plus, it's just uncomfortable for the dog!