Our professionally trained groomers and staff are available Monday through Saturday for regular grooming appointments. Although we are able to take day of appointments some times, we strongly urge you to call well in advance and make an appointment. Our hours for drop off are 8:00 - 10:30 am. We close at 6:30 Monday through Friday and at 5:00 on Saturdays. We are not able to give set prices over the phone, but, can give a range. Each dog varies due to size, condition, temperament and style that is selected. If you are considering a first visit and would like to know more precisely what to expect, you are welcome to stop in and meet with a groomer before your set appointment.
Dogs are able to leave as soon as they are finished. Early arrival does help, but, doesn't totally insure that your dog will be "first out" as many people arrive early due to work schedules. If you have a specific timeline that you are working with, be sure to make it known when you make your appointment and when you drop off. There can only be a few "first outs" for each of our groomers.
We do not take dogs out during the day who are not boarding with us. We tried for years to do this but the dogs refused to urinate or defecate if you took them out for a quick break. In their mind, they are being picked up and going home! The only thing that they can think of is finding you and getting in the car! So, unless a longer walk is added to the service ($10.00) , we don't routinely take dogs out.
Special Needs & Senior Grooming - Sundays
We are starting our new venture of Special Needs and Senior Dog Grooming on Sunday's only. As soon as interest is apparent, we will begin taking appointments which will range from morning to afternoon slots. It will differ from our regular grooming schedule in the following ways:
1. You will make and appointment for a time slot for your dog. These will range from 10:00am - 5:00pm .
2. Once your have arrived and have discussed your dogs grooming needs with the manager and groomer, the groomer will start the process and go straight through. Your dog will be the only dog the groomer is working with until she/he is finished. The idea is to minimize the amount of time that a dog with special needs spends being groomed and also to help provide a more quiet, tranquil setting. Because this is a special service that we are offering, pricing will be about $20.00 over the normal price of a regular breed specific grooming.
3. If your dog is unknown to us, we will ask that you have your Veterinarian give written approval that your dog's health is stable enough for grooming. We do not want to compromise a dog's health in any way.
We want to help people with their dogs who are not capable of being groomed during our Monday through Saturday schedule. But, if a dog appears to be too feeble even for this kind of special attention, we will not be able to accept them for grooming. Dogs with mild aggression issues can only be done with proper sedation recommended by your Veterinarian. Dogs that are aggressive even when tranquilized will not be able to be groomed.
We offer boarding to our grooming customers only. We do this as a precaution because we need to know how they will react to being in a kennel for any length of time. We want to know the dogs in our care well before we take them in for a stay away from you and their home. Dogs who are groomed at the shop are used to our routine and are comfortable staying in enclosures. Since we do not have runs, dogs that stay with us should be comfortable walking on sidewalks and through park areas. Appropriate collars or harnesses must be provided for this kind of exercise.
We charge $30.00 per 24 hour period. We encourage customers to bring food, bedding and toys that their dog is used to. We can provide if customers elect not to. Boarders are given walks in our neighborhood and park. Although they are checked on, there is not a person who spends the night with them. Dogs can be picked up at anytime during regular shop hours. On Sundays, they can be picked up between 9:00 - 10:00 am or between 5:00 - 6:00 pm
We offer a group dog training program at the shop on Wednesday evenings taught by veteran dog trainer, Al Marx, of Obedience Works.The first level is Basic Obedience. The class starts at 7:00pm and runs for 6 sessions. The cost is $150.00 and a deposit is needed to reserve your space. We like to keep the classes small, especially during the winter months. Spring and summer enable us to use the outdoors more. Regardless of the time of year, we like to make our classes as personal as possible. We believe that the whole family should know about their dog and be part of the training. That said, it is best that only two members of a family be present each training session. There should be one constant person at each session, but, you can alternate other family members during the course. Please leave small children at home. Our next class begins Wednesday , June 12th. If you would like to sign up, please e-mail us at email@example.com or call us at 301-656-BONE(2663). More information on our trainer Al Marx at: ObedienceWorks.com .