Rinse, lather, repeat. If only it were that easy. Most pet owners are intimately acquainted with the perils of grooming their best friends, but hope has arrived in the form of Bandit's Bathhouse and Pet Grooming Salon. Though "salon" might sound like a strange word to use when talking about dog groomers, Bandit's lives up to its lofty title. When they aren't outfitting pomeranians with hair curlers, the groomers trim pooches' nails, and blow-dry their freshly cleaned coats. If owners want in on the fun, they can try the DIY service, which lets them get down and dirty as they groom their pet on an adjustable table.
This grooming center pampers pets with a number of services including hypoallergenic baths, teeth cleanings, and nail trims. Experienced technicians use natural products such as black-primrose shampoo and blueberry facial creams to condition coats, and perform all scrubbings and blow-dries by hand. Grooming packages such as the Puppy’s First Groom combine a number of services, and customers can request add-ons such as de-matting. Oh My Dog Grooming Spa creates a soothing environment with aromatherapy scents, and each furry visitor walks out sporting a fashionable bow or bandana.
Certified groomer and foreign-trained veterinary technician Sam Gerges loves animals so much that, in addition to caring for their health, he'll also put them up for the night. As the owner of pet daycare and dog-boarding facility Winston and Friendz, he leads a team of well-trained staff who supervise as pets spend the night in a private room or frolic in a fenced-in play area. The daycare center also keep its four-legged visitors fueled for play with a selection of homemade treats and dog cakes.
The slight breeze one feels upon entering A Gentle Touch Pet Care Services, Inc.’s breed-standard grooming facility is generated not by fans, but by feverishly wagging tails. Dogs who find themselves in the certified groomers’ care have ample reasons for excitement, starting with a hydromassage bath that washes mud from paws and undersides with soothing jets. Owner Charlene Hibbs watches over the proceedings, drawing on knowledge gleaned from her advanced pet-sitting courses at A Pet’s World Academy in Loomis, California, to gently coax away stresses and existential crises triggered by endless, meaningless games of fetch.
Charlene and her fellow groomers tend to cats as well as dogs, with spa packages that include scented facial scrubs, aromatherapy treatments, and hair conditioners designed to prevent itching and shedding. In-home cat-sitting services include at least half an hour of feline care so that cats don’t have to face traumatic travel experiences, such as explaining why they can’t buckle their seatbelts properly.
A graduate of Animal Behavior College, Mark Forrest Patrick espouses the benefits of positive reinforcement when training dogs. Using this approach, Patrick helps owners form long-lasting bonds with their four-legged companions as well as diminish bad behaviors, such as refusing to heel or illegally hiding an ace card in its coat. Rewarding pets for their good behavior can also help them learn skills in class more willingly, such as retrieving and walking on a leash. In addition to teaching dogs, Patrick also imparts owners with knowledge on how best to interact with their pets, leading to a more harmonious relationship in the home or on the Iditarod course.