Dog Grooming Services

Dog Grooming Services

The Love is in the Details

At VIP grooming all dogs get the works.  There is just no other way to do it right.

This includes:

  • Shampooing every dog TWICE,
  • cleaning ears
  • expressing anal glands
  • conditioning the coat
  • trimming and dremeling nails
  • drying and brushing each dog; removing mats if needed and tending to any sores or irritations we might find,
  • trimming pad hair
  • And then we groom (if required)

Not only do we perform all these tasks but simultaneously we are working on teaching your dog to stay calm, sit still and enjoy the process.  We attempt to provide an enjoyable bath even while having to perform often unpleasant tasks like cleaning out ear infections and expressing anal glands. All that we do requires skill, technique and zen-like energy.

THE DETAILS

SHAMPOOING

Bathing alone is an art form.  We look at the skin and determine the specific needs of your dog and how to clean him or her optimally. We wash every dog twice.  The first wash is designed to get your dog clean where the second wash is designed to actually treat and condition the skin and coat.  We will then apply an additional conditioner to the coat if needed.

We utilize over 20 different types of organic shampoos and conditioners in order to give each individual dog the best bath they can get.   We use top of the line products.  I will only use products on your dog that I would use on my own.  I have tried many products over the years and have come to know what works best for what skin condition.  We can treat sensitive skin, allergies, geriatric dogs, arthritis, skin that needs healing, and/or administer flea treatments.  We then look at your dogs coat  and determine what best suits your dogs hair needs ie: we can reduce tangling, reduce shedding, soften coat, strengthen coat, add shine etc.

While shampooing we always express the anal glands to ensure that your dogs glands never get impacted.  We clean the ears and check for wax build up or debris in the ear canal.  We will gently flush the ear canal with a saline solution if necessary to help prevent infection.

DRYING AND BRUSHING

First we use forced air dryers to wick away moisture from the coat. Then we will either blower dry your dog or hand dry them according to their needs and then we fluff dry and brush if appropriate for your breed.  We carefully brush each dog removing all mats and tangles to prepare them for grooming.  If mats cannot be removed by brushing then we will have to shave or cut them out.  The coats of different breeds react differently to brushing.  We will always do what is best for your dog so as to minimize discomfort and ensure they are not accidentally harmed.  Occasionally this means a cut may not look as attractive as an owner may like because we have to work around those spots we had to shave.  On rare occasions we may need to shave your dog completely if the matting is just too pervasive.  I will not put a dog through the painful process of dematting an entire coat just for the sake of aesthetics.  I will always put the care and comfort of your dog first.

NAILS

Finally we cut and dremel your dogs nails. Proper nail care is not only important to a dogs health as split nails can lead to infections, but also necessary to ensure other animals or humans are not accidentally harmed while playing with your pet.  Making certain all nails are properly filed can also minimize accidental damage to floors and furniture.  Unless specified otherwise we will cut your dogs nails down as far as safely possible and then we will dremel all rough edges to ensure a smooth finish.  This provides ultimate comfort for your dog and piece of mind for you.

GROOMING

First we trim all the fur between the pads of the feet.  Then we begin the grooming process.  We do clipper work and we also hand scissor with amazing detail.  Though I train all my groomers to be proficient in standard cuts as well as show cuts we specialize in more pet-friendly cuts.  VIP will help you design and maintain the best cut for you and your dog according to your lifestyle and personal aesthetic.  We want your pet to look good, feel good and be easily maintained.  If your dog or your aesthetic is extremely high maintenance we may not be the best choice for you.  Having said that we have many clients that just love what we do with their Bichons, Shitzus, Terriers, Poodles and Schnauzers etc.

THE HAIR OF THE DOG

Just like the spa experience is different for your dog as it would be for you, the hair cutting process is very different as well.  Most people wash and brush their hair just about everyday.  Not so with dogs.  Often dogs go several days or even weeks without getting a thorough brushing and even longer for a good washing.  In addition dogs have ten to twenty times the amount of hair as most humans.  Dogs’ coats get tangled and matted and there may be sores or irritations hiding underneath.  In addition, they have ears that get infected, anal glands that get full and nails that get long and rough.  Just properly bathing your dog takes way more effort than the simple shampoo and head rub you get at the hairdressers.  In addition, your dog cannot simply tell us when something is sensitive or tender or downright painful so we must always be paying attention to the subtle signs of non-verbal language.  Then there is the challenge of grooming.  You sit still while the hairdresser comes at your head with the scissors.  It is the tendency of most dogs to move around and not sit still while being groomed.  So it is partially the art of chasing moving targets with sharp objects and safely and gracefully sculpting their unruly coats into works of art.

About the only similarity between the hairdresser and the dog groomer is that we both appreciate being tipped for a job well done!

NOTE FROM LANCY:

Every dog groomer assumes the role of a sculptor.  It is my job to figure out what you want your dog to look like.  I have apprenticed for 10 years with an amazing groomer in the art of scissoring. I am certified in bathing and scissoring.

We are offering a new service: The VIP LICKITY-SPLIT Bath:

Do you fear mud puddles on walks, afraid to take your dog out after a rainy day? do you curse the gods when your dog throws himself down in the dirt and wiggles with joy, only 2 days after his expensive wash and groom.? Are post walk muddy paws the bane of your existence? Does the thought of the carpet and couch clean-up, damper your ability to truly enjoy your dogs fun while wallowing in a dirt bath?

Well your worries are over. Now just bring your dog over to VIP and we will clean him up lickity-split, while you wait. As opposed to our full service baths, which usually requires you to leave your dog for the better part of a day, this bath is quick and efficient with no reservation required. After your walk, take a moment for yourself, grab some yummy liquid at Philz and think about what you are going to do with all of your extra free time now that you won’t have to wrestle with your dog and the tub and the towels and the clean-up when you get home. Before know it, your dog will be done and you will be on your way.

This is not meant to replace your monthly full service bathing but to compliment it. We will wash your dog twice as always; once for the skin and once for the fur, using our premium shampoos and give your VIP (very important pet) a blueberry facial. Then we will check the eyes and ears do a quick but efficient towel dry and minimal brushing.

The Lickity-split bath will start at $25 and go up to $60 depending on your dog. Money well spent for your peace of mind.

So say yes to mud puddles and dirt bathes, bring on the rain and the full body earthy wiggles. Laugh out loud at your dogs dirty endeavors paying no mind to the after math. Just leave the clean up to us and the VIP New Lickity-Split bath.