Making a profile will give us the information we need to get to know you and your dog. It will help us contact you and document your dog's appointments and keep track of your dog's custom groom or hairstyle.
Grooming typically takes 3-4 hours. This includes pre-bath clips, bath, blow dry, nails, ears, and the finished clip for your dog. It can take longer due to some dogs' special uniqueness and our desire to ensure grooming is a good experience for your pup. The grooming process involves many moving factors, such as bathing one dog while that dog dries and starting on another dog. This is the most efficient way for a groomer to get all the dogs done timely on that day. If you wish to have your dog done sooner, there is an express option that will cost a little extra, where the groomer will do your dog straight through.
The form lets you know about our policies and expectations for us and you. We are a professional salon and want to answer as many questions as possible for you while keeping your pet, ourselves, and our clients safe.
We require the Rabies, Distemper, and Bordetella (Canine Cough) vaccines. We recommend your dog get the Canine Influenza and Leptospirosis shots as well. These vaccines help protect your dog and us from getting sick.
The Barkershop closes at 4:30 pm and requires all dogs to be picked up by then. If your dog is boarding or doing daycare, they can remain until The K9 Corner closes. You will receive a completion text and phone call when your dog is finished. You must pick your dog up 45 minutes after this text and call. If you cannot get your dog by that time, the K9 Corner staff can give your dog potty breaks for an additional fee. If you choose this option, all dogs must be picked up no later than 6:30 pm.
Grooming prices can vary from place to place. Our skill and professionalism set our prices. We hold ourselves to the highest standard when styling your pet. Through continued education, we make ourselves better each day! Grooming costs can vary due to temperament, coat type, and style. We make sure that we are continually competitive with other dog grooming salons. When you get your hair cut, the stylist only has to shampoo and then cut and style your hair while you hold still in the chair. When we groom your dog, the dog gets two haircuts (a prep haircut before the bath and a finish cut after the bath and then dried, so they are nice and fluffy). If necessary or desired, the dog will get a bath, conditioner, a manicure, a pedicure, their ears cleaned and plucked, and their glands expressed.
If your dog has hair, you must bring it in every four to eight weeks to be groomed. The difference in frequency will depend on the style and hair length you would like your dog to have. During our consultation, we will discuss your dog's desired hair length and recommend how often we need to see your pup. Dogs who have hair need to be brushed. Brushing daily helps keep your pup from getting matted! Choose a body part daily to brush for less stress on you and your dog! We do, however, understand life can make that a challenge. We offer special membership programs that will have you bring your dog in between grooms for a bath and brush to maintain the coat and help prevent matting. Be honest with your groomer by letting her know how much time you will spend on your dog's coat at home. Together we can create a plan that works within your budget and schedule to maintain your dog's haircut.
Once your puppy has had their first three rounds of shots (3 Distempers, 1 Bordetella (Canine Cough), and 1 Rabies), typically around 16 weeks, it is time for them to start coming to see us and get bathed, nails shortened, and hair brushed. Until 16 weeks, you can help your pup get comfortable with the experience by brushing them, touching and holding their paws, and making it a fun experience. For more tips on desensitizing your dog to grooming and bathing, feel free to reach out to our trainer Lindsay. She would be more than happy to help make grooming a less scary and stressful experience for your puppy, especially since they will need to have it done all their life. We recommend two bathing appointments and one to two face, feet, and fanny trims before a full groom. This allows your puppy to get used to standing for some time and helps get them used to all the grooming equipment.
We pride ourselves on making the grooming experience pleasant and keeping the dog comfortable. We work closely with our trainer Lindsay to help support dogs when necessary. If your dog is nervous or aggressive, please inform the groomer when booking an appointment. Please don’t hide this information, and hope for the best. If our groomers know in advance, we will block out more time to try and help your dog during the grooming process. This may mean giving your dog more breaks or extra TLC. When a pup needs more care, we use two groomers to help ease the dog's stress. While one groomer works on the puppy, the other offers distractions, like praise, treats, or just a bunch of pets and kisses. If the trainer is available, she will also come in and help. We specialize in love and want your dog to be happy!
We know it can be much worse when we rush a fearful dog because it can make that dog tense and anxious the next time they come. This is why we need to know if your dog tends to be fearful or can potentially be aggressive. We want to go slow with them, create a bond, and teach the dog they are safe. Sometimes a pup is afraid because his owner “projects” fear onto the dog. If you’re apprehensive about dropping your dog off, your dog will feel that, which can make them fearful. Therefore, we would like to make it a positive experience, keep it upbeat when you come through the door, and you can even get a special treat for your dog after their groom.
We will do our best to help your dog feel comfortable during the grooming process and communicate with you the best options to keep your dog safe, healthy, and happy!