My grooming experience started in 1972 when I went to American School of Dog Grooming. After 3 months I graduated and took a job with a local veterinarian. Within a few months I decided to groom at my parents home, offering a pick up and delivery service for all my clients. I took extra classes in grooming through shows starting with all American grooming seminar and contest. I use to make my own water repellant uniforms for the groomers and sold them at grooming shows, and also at Inter Groom in New Jersey. I also sold my uniforms at Hershey’s Grooming Show in Pennsylvania. I was very successful at my uniform shows and learned a lot of grooming techniques while I attend these shows. I also competed with West Highland Terriers, Poodles, and hand strip Border Terriers. I showed my English Cocker named Bentley, where I learned hand stripping on my cocker and terriers (I still hand strip on Tuesdays thru Fridays at my shop). I became certified through the National Dog Groomers Association. I attended at least 2 shows a year to further educate my groomers and myself in techniques of grooming. I operated a mobile dog grooming service from 1984 - 1988. My first shop was started in 1988 (located on Woodward Avenue), and our current state-of-the-
A lot of famous people and neighbors run into each other in our friendly grooming shop.
My crew of groomers is always available for the customers to talk to and ask what kind of grooming service they would like. We do our best to please our clients and accommodate a lot of pets in our facility, including dogs, cats and rabbits. We offer a day care, over night.
Top Five Dog Grooming Basics
Dog grooming is one of your dog’s basic needs and an important part of dog ownership. Just like people, dogs need physical maintenance to look and feel their best. Fortunately, dogs do not need to bathe as often as people, but you do need to learn how much grooming your dog actually needs and keep it on a schedule. Generally, a dog’s grooming needs depend on the breed and hair type. If your dog has a skin, ear or nail condition, follow your veterinarian’
1. Hair Brushing
2. Nail Trimming
4. Ear Care
Nurturing Your Dog
Dogs thrive on structure and discipline, and training is paramount to your dog’s quality of life. Choose a training program and follow through. You may prefer to join a training class with a professional instructor. Alternatively, you may wish to learn about dog training on your own. Either way, establish yourself as the boss, reinforce good behavior, and humanely correct misbehavior. Be consistent and you will see positive results.
Maintaining the human-canine bond is vital. Set aside time for you and your dog. Petting your dog, playing with toys, talking to him, or taking him for rides in the car are some ways to strengthen and preserve this bond.
Following the guidelines for your dog’s basic needs sets the foundation for a long, happy life with your dog. Dog ownership should not be a chore, but an experience that enriches your life and that of your dog. If you can keep that tail wagging, you will be happier, too.