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A Day at the Spa

A day at the grooming salon is not a traumatic event for your pet. He is getting plenty of attention and T.L.C. 

We groom a number of dogs per day and although we wish we could take one dog at a time through the grooming process, we can neither efficiently nor economically operate in this manner.

Grooming your dog takes time: All dogs are readied for their bath; initial clipping is done by removing any excess body hair. Remaining hair is completely detangled with a gentle brushing followed by a fine toothed comb. This aids in obtaining a thorough cleansing in the bath as well as giving the shampoo nowhere to hide during the final rinse. The nails are clipped and the ears are cleaned at this time.

The bath consists of a thorough shampooing with mild shampoo. Flea treatments are used as necessary and other treatments such as medicated baths, and finishing spray are given at this time. 

After the bath, all dogs are dried and thoroughly brushed so that the hair is left tangle free. (Keeping your pet well brushed between grooming makes for a more enjoyable visit). In between bathing and drying, the dogs are placed into cages for a rest. This establishes desirable grooming habits.

Now we can relax and enjoy the finish clipping and scissoring. Most body work is done with the clippers and the rest is hand scissored. This finishing step takes approximately one hour, depending on the size of the dog, style of the clip and the co-operation of the dog. Special concentration and attention are needed in the final steps and quiet is essential at this time because a sudden jerk can change a style drastically, not to mention the danger. 

While dogs are on the table any kind of distraction such as arrivals, departures, phone calls, or any unexpected commotion can cause the dog to lose attention and become excited, consequently ....... we have to stop and calm the dog and get them quiet enough to resume grooming. This is the reason we try to control the time of pick-ups. It is best to arrive at the specified time, this way the various steps will not have to be interrupted, and you won’t have to make an extra trip. Your groomer will call you, or designate a time, for you to pick up your pet. 

We hope that you have found our explanation informative. Thank you for your patronage and co-operation. If there are any questions, please feel free to ask. If your pet has a sensitive area, is mature, or has a health problem, please inform the groomer when you make the appointment. We are always open to suggestions.

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