Grooming

Bone Jour is open for grooming Monday through Saturday, from 7am until 7pm. Grooming check-in is between 7am and 10am. We are on a first come, first serve basis and are open early for customer convenience. Grooming starts at 8am.

For the time being and foreseeable future, we are making changes to our pet check-in and pick-up protocol. We will be doing check-in as usual between 7-10am. What is different is that we will be doing it from a tent in our courtyard. We will meet you there and take your pet in to the shop after we have gone over the directives for your pet’s grooming that day.

New! To help with the flow of check in, we will be breaking our three hour check in into three time frames: 7-8am 8-9am 9-10am. You will be asked for a preference when we confirm your appointment. This is our solution to having people waiting in line and taking unnecessary risks, as well as causing traffic issues!

To help expedite the process, we have a Pre Check-In Form for you to download, fill out and bring with you to check in. This is to help everyone with the time spent at the desk and give your time to think about things you would like to have done. We will go over the sheet with you at check-in. If you forget or don’t want to do it in advance, don’t panic, we will have them at the desk too.

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Requirements

  • We require that each dog or cat be up-to-date on their vaccines and we will need veterinary confirmation before arrival for services. Vaccines required are: Rabies, DHPP and Bordetella.
  • New customers, please click here to begin your registration process.

Anxious & Elderly Pets

We have some anxious dogs of all ages and also have many senior pets in our clientele. In an effort to try and make their stays during grooming easier for them, we have some options and advice.

The Straight Through Appointment

We offer one appointment per groomer per day that we call a "Straight Through". There are two time spots to pick from: 9am and 11am. Straight Throughs usually take anywhere from one and a half to two hours to complete. There is an extra cost of $20 to the regular grooming cost for this expedition process.

The Staggered Straight Through Appointment

Like our Straight Through Appointment, the Staggered version is an appointment where your dog will be solely focused on by his/her groomer, but the time frame that your dog is here isn't the driving concern. After years of grooming older dogs, our groomers have found that each dog has his/her own needs. Some dogs need a little rest after their bath before being asked to stand for a hair cut, or even during it. These needs usually come to light during regular grooming or Straight Through appointments. Your groomer will let you know if this is the case for your dog. We are giving this protocol a different name to help owners understand for time expectations. The charge is $20 in addition to what would be your regular grooming price.

Medication

We do not administer medication before grooming dogs. If your dog/cat does need medication for anxiety, you will need to consult your veterinarian and follow instructions. Typically, owners will administer medication an hour before their pet's appointment. This usually doesn't help the dog or cat's experience as it takes a while for the medication to work. A truly anxious pet can almost seem clairvoyant!  A pill means at car ride to the vet or groomers! Some veterinarians advise starting medication the night before. We have experienced this protocol as being a very successful one for the pet being groomed, and as well as for our groomers.

Older Dogs - Suggestions

Hair Cut Lengths: Many customers try to limit grooming times over the year in an effort to keep their dog from having anxiety or feel the temporary discomfort of not being at home. To make your dogs time at Bone Jour more enjoyable, as well making your home pet care easier, opt for a hair cut length that can't easily become matted. Older dogs typically have a hard time standing for lengths of time. If they are matted and a short clipping is in order, trying to get under the matting with clippers isn't easy. Older dogs, like older people, have more fragile skin and are very prone to scrapes and rashes. Keeping their coats shorter is really the best way to avoid problems.

Nails: Older dogs are more sedentary and don't naturally wear down their nails. To avoid problems that long nails can bring, start making it a habit to have our groomers cut them or have them done by your veterinarian. Long nails can be crippling, as dogs they try to accommodate them and have to alter their gate. Sadly, many nails are ripped off by catching on grates while walking outside or at home. We offer pedicures daily, no appointment necessary, while you wait. You just need to call ahead to make sure that a groomer is available.

Food: Hypoglycemia can be a real concern for older dogs, especially smaller dogs. In some cases, low blood sugar can lead to seizure or cardiac arrest. If you are aware of your dog having blood sugar issues, or just as a precaution, make sure that your dog has a small meal or snack in advance of grooming.

Grooming Prices

We have a range of prices for each breed but cannot give an exact estimate until we meet your dog or cat. Pricing is determined by size, coat type, the condition of the pet’s coat, the hair cut style selected, the willingness of the pet to be groomed, and their age. Please call us for an approximate price range or make an appointment to stop by and meet with a groomer in advance if you would like more certainty.

Since 1986, Bone Jour has provided the DC and Bethesda communities with premier pet grooming. In 2019 we moved to our brand new location to expand our service offerings to include daycare, boarding, and dog parties!
They're always professional and very caring. I can't say enough good things about them. They take special care of the dogs and use the same groomer each time.Angie's List
Location
4922 Del Ray Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814

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