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Choosing the right grooming salon

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When choosing the right groomer, don’t always go for the lowest price and recommendations. There are a lot of options these days to take into consideration. Big box stores, privately owned salons, mobile, or home based. Take the time to check them out for yourself, do your homework.

 

Believe it or not we are not technically a licensed industry. Has the groomer taken it upon themselves to get licensed or certified for their trade? If not have they at least taken any classes to obtain certifications from furthering their education? Are they trained in pet first aid or CPR in the event of an emergency?

 

Does the business have a website, Facebook or Instagram account? Does it look professional? Look at the pictures of the salon. Does it look clean? Now look at the finished grooms. Do they look cleanly washed, dried , brushed and cut? Does the finished groom look choppy, not even, un brushed or un bathed? Would you be satisfied paying for that?

 

Is the salon looking for more “quantity of grooms “over the actual “ quality” of the finished grooms? Are you just another dollar sign walking in the door?

 

Unlike some salons we do not offer after pictures of every dog with a fancy set up. Instead we would rather spend the time making sure that groom looks perfect for the customer.

 

How long will your pet be in their care? On average most grooms should be able to be completed in 2 hours or less. Will they be drying them by hand or letting them sit in a cage all day to dry with a fan on them?  Does the facility cage your pet or let them roam and interact with other pets? If your pet will be staying there for a significant amount of time will water be provided for them?

 

What type of products do they use? A quality shampoo specifically suitable for your pet; or will they be getting the Dawn dish soap special. Yes, this happens…

 

A good groomer will take the time to gain the pets trust that will lead to a long lasting bond. Never should they lie about services they aren’t comfortable or knowledgeable about performing just to make that extra buck .They will and should not lie to you about your pets behavior just to keep your business.

 

A trusted salon should be able to answer and back up all these questions.

These are the questions you should be asking yourself and the people caring for your pets.

What goes into determining your pets grooming cost?

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One of the most common phrases that we hear in a grooming salon from our customers is, ” Fluffy’s haircut cost more than mine!”

Here are some things to take into consideration:

  • How much hair is cut on your head vs. your pets entire body.
  • Your trip to a salon for just a haircut is a lot quicker for you than your pet.
  • Does your stylist also include a manicure and pedicure or ear cleaning?
  • Does your haircut include a wash and blow dry?
  • You woudn’t go in with a head full of dreadlocks and expect your stylist to brush them out.
  • I don’t think you would try to bite, poop or pee on you stylist.

Now that we have taken all the your groomer does for your pet here is how we determine the cost. Its comes down to four factors:

  • Size of the pet
  • Condition of the coat
  • Type of cut that is done
  • Behavior

Size of the pet: No dog is alike. We have some Yorkie’s that are 3lbs and some that are 20lbs. Obviously a 3lb dog is not going to cost the same as a 20lb dog.

Condition of the coat: If your pet is maintained on a grooming schedule it should be in good enough condition that when i comes in we can send it straight to the bath tub. If there are some matts ( knots ) that are able to be brushed out we have to take extra time to safely brush them out without harming the dog. We consider 5mins of brushing is feasible with every groom. Anything past that will be charged and extra Dematting fee. If the matts are unable to be brushed out to the extent that the coat needs to be shaved off that as well takes extra time to make sure no skin is twisted up in a matt that could be cut. We also have to cut the coat dirty which on a matted coat dulls our blades and we then need to get them sharpened.

If dogs such as retrievers, huskies, or shepherd come in with an excessive amount of coat a de-shedding fee is automatically added. It takes extra time to wash the coat, dry it and brush out. Plus we always have a nice mess to clean up.

Type of cut that is done: Depending on the type of trim you want on your pet will determine the cost. If you get a short all over trim it will be less expensive than a longer trim style or one with the legs hand scissored. The amount of scissor work required on the groom will overall determine the price. For example if you get your dog trimmed shorter in the summer and longer in the winter, the winter time cut may end up costing more depending on the coat length.

We look at scissoring skills as an art. There for if you would rather have your dogs legs look like round cylinders than tooth picks, those are all scissored by hand. This takes extra time, skill and brushing to properly prepare the coat. This is our most popular trim that we are know for and it is also the most expensive.

Here are some examples of trim styles:

 

Short all over                                                   VS.               Scissored legs

 

Behavior: If your pet is putting itself or any of the groomers safety in danger they are subject to a handling fee. We need to take extra time to safely complete the groom. Or at worst if a groomer was to get bit there would then  be medical bills.

2018 Food Sawp

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Food Swap….
……..Trash for Treasure
January 1st 2018 -January 31st 2018

Bring in any size bag of dog food, full or empty and receive a free 4 to 6 pound bag of food depending on the brand. We will hand pick the food that will work best for you dog.

 

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NUTRISOURCE DOG GRAIN FREE

All food we receive from the swap will be donated to local shelters.

Limit one swap per household.

Must show photo I.D.

A bounce back coupon will be issued to be used at a later date.

 

All grain free formulas

All Grain free & small breed. Frequent buyer offer