The time had finally come and I needed to get spruced up for the coming holiday season. So that means a date with the groomer.
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Booking an Appointment
I decided to check out the PetSmart® Grooming salon, but needed moms help to schedule the appointment. While my mom was on the phone she learned that you can actually book you appointment online with your favorite groomer. Also you can get text alerts or emails notifying you when your pet is ready to be picked up.
PetSmart has several different packages to choose from, mom scheduled me for one of their Base Package: Dog Bath with Haircut and included an Add-On Package: Top Dog.
The Dog Bath with Haircut (perfect for dogs who need a bath plus a haircut) includes:
- Oxygen-infused bath
- Shampoo washing and blow dry
- 15 minutes or more of brushing
- Dematting and haircut
- Nail trim
- Ear cleaning, hair removal and flushing (if needed)
- Scissoring feet and pad shaving
- Sanitary trim
- Anal gland cleaning
The Top Dog includes:
- Choice of premium shampoo
- Milk bath conditioner
- Scented cologne spritz
- Teeth brushing and breath freshener
- Bandana or bow
Reminders Before Your Appointment
- All pets need current rabies vaccinations and proof of vaccination from their vet. I was able to have my vet fax my vaccination to PetSmart.
- Rabies Vaccination needs to be administered 48 hours prior to service.
- They do not perform services on pets 8 weeks or younger.
- Customers cannot go behind the double doors separating the Salon lobby from the grooming area. This is for the safety of their pets and associates.
When we arrived we met my groomer, Leslie Jean. She immediately came over to me and started petting me. She asked my mom several question:
- "How do you prefer his hair cut?"
- "Does he have any allergies?"
- "When was the last time flea or tick medication has been applied?"
Leslie Jean then started feeling me for any mats, bumps or skin issues, she also checked out my nails, teeth, and ears. She explained to my mom that she would be bringing me in the back where she would be giving me my bath, trimming my nails, brushing my teeth and cleaning my ears, if needed.
My mom then handed the leash over to Leslie Jean and she was off to do some shopping while I was getting pampered.
I was surprised to learn about all the education PetSmart requires:
*Salon associates acquire annual safety certification and take additional course-work where they learn about dog anatomy, signs of stress and common pet medical conditions.
*Groomers (those that give haircuts) receive an additional 400 hours of hands-on training.
Another feature that both my mom and I loved is the viewing window into the store from the salon. It was fun watching all the customers shopping for their pet. With my separation anxiety it was difficult for my mom to watch me in the salon. Having the window for my mom to "spy" on me through the store sheaves was great.
Pawgress Report Card
Finally, I was done. Leslie Jean presented mom with a Pawgress Report card that noted what she found while grooming me. The different areas that she was able to report on was: skin, coat, ears, nails, teeth, and anal glands. This was a great tool the groomers use to make sure the relay any and all important info on to the owners.
She did an amazing job taking good care of me and cutting my coat to my mom's standards. Check out my before and after shots, I look like a new dog who can finally see again.
My mom's favorite part was picking out my new bandana and charm. What do you think, am I ready for fall???
Finally, PetSmart Salons offer a "Look Great Guarantee," which is their promise that you'll be happy with your pet's service, or they will do whatever it takes to make it right - including offering your money back.
To learn more about PetSmart or PetSmart Grooming Services visit any of these sites: Website, Book an Appointment, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
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