The Importance of Grooming

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What would you smell like if you only bathed every three months? Probably pretty bad. That is why it’s so important to regularly groom your dog.

Dogs are good at cleaning themselves but that can only take them so far. 

While dogs should not be bathed daily, they should have regular baths to clean those hard-to-reach areas such as:

  • Ears – Floppy ears are cute but they cover the ear canal. The warm, moist environment can be a breeding ground for bacteria and infection. We can swab or wash out ears to stay clean.
  • Nails – Walking on city concrete helps grind down long nails in many breeds but not all. Long nails can grow so long they can pierce the skin. Our team is trained to keep your pup calm while we trim their nails.
  • Hair Care –  Dog fur, or hair in the case of some breeds needs the same nutrients to stay healthy. We have shampoos and conditioners specially designed to keep their hair healthy.
  • Matted or Tangled Hair – Brushing out your dog can be time-consuming. If you don’t, your pup faces an uncomfortable shave down the next time they go to the groomer. Regular baths  KEEP the hair fluffy and clean.
  • Backed up Anal Glands – Dogs have small sweat glands near their anus that produce a scent marker for your dog. Sometimes these can get blocked up and cause your dog to smell bad. A good groomer can ‘express’ these making your pup feeling and smelling much better.


The benefit of grooming at the same facility as they daycare is familiarity. Your dog is used to the sights and sounds of the facility. The same staff can take them to the groomer and keep them calm.  We take special care in making sure they are relaxed and ready for the “spa treatment.”