House-Call Grooming is a service in which your groomer will come and groom your pet in the comfort of your home!
House-Call and Mobile grooming services are on rise, and it makes sense! You and your pet will not have to leave the comfort of your home/yard. With Bark of the Shores Grooming L.L.C., I offer free consultations at your home to make sure that these services fit you and your dogs’ needs.
I am so excited to be able to bring these services to you as soon as possible! However, due to the pandemic I am not currently scheduling consultations or grooming appointments at this time. I will post updates on when we will be up and operational! Keep up with me putting together the final parts to the business on the Bark of the Shores Instragram @Barkoftheshores
Below is an FAQ that I have put together of the questions that I have been asked the most! If you have any other questions that are not answered on this page, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
What is house call grooming?
House call grooming is when a groomer comes into your home, sets up and completes the bath and groom, cleans up and leaves! This is different than mobile groomers, who will come and get your dog and bring them to a van outside your home. Your dog never has to leave the comfort of their own home!
What are the benefits?
The process of grooming at salons can be a stressful experience for dogs. For dogs who have high anxiety or medical issues, being groomed at home can reduce the extra stress brought on from travel and being surrounded by lots of sounds, people, and other animals. This is also great for senior dogs who have a difficult time just due to age. Any dog who may need some one on one attention.
But this isn’t only for dogs who need extra care, knowing exactly where your dog is and being able to watch the groom brings comfort and peace of mind to owners knowing their dog is safe and stress free!
This process allows for an even better connection and relationship between groomer, dog, and pet parent/guardian.
How much space do you need and what do you need in that space?
I need around a 3×5 space to be able to set up my table and work around it, access to running warm water and a tub to wash your dog, and a place to plug in my dryer and clippers.
Examples of some areas are laundry rooms, bathrooms, kitchens, or a garage with warm water available (the garage must be temperature controlled with heated water).
*As a disclaimer I cannot groom in an apartment or condos with steep/numerous sets of stairs. I have a lot of equipment to bring along and unfortunately due to safety I cannot do these places at this time.
Do you groom all breeds of dogs?
Bark of the Shores currently has a weight limit of around 35-40 pounds. We may be able to make exceptions on a 1 on 1 basis but it is never guaranteed.
What should I expect for my consultation visit?
When I come to visit for my consultation, I will get a chance to meet your dog and see if I can provide the services requested. I will look over the area which I will be grooming to make sure I have what I need to make sure your pup and I are as comfortable as possible. Before I leave we will discuss what kind package you want, haircut if any, and also verify that your dog is up to date on rabies vaccination (or puppy shots if under 16 weeks old). After all this, we then schedule your groom appointment within the next 2 weeks!
Why is house call grooming more expensive than going to a salon?
House call groomers charge to cover the extra time needed to complete a groom straight through. We also charge for gas and to maintain our vehicles to be able to provide this service to you! It is a lot of work to carry and transport our tools as well.
Do you groom cats?
At this moment we do not service cats. I do plan to open up nail trimming for cats sometime in the future.
Is every dog a good fit for House Call?
I wish I could say that every dog is a great fit for housecall, and for many it is! However, some dogs are very protective of their space and their parent/guardian. Having someone in their space may be even more stressful than being able to go somewhere to get groomed or even having a groomer with a mobile van.
Free In-Home Consultation
I will come to your home and meet you, your pup and other family! We go over where the haircut and grooming will take place, the haircut and services you would like and then set our grooming appointment within 2 weeks time! Proof of rabies vaccinations are required as well before booking the grooming appointment.
Baths and Haircuts
Once we have our consultation, my second visit will be the grooming service! I use high-quality shampoos and conditioners to bathe your dog. I will clean up and give your pup a free bag of goodies!
Nail Trimming Services
I do offer nail trimming services for both dogs and cats! I do require the Free In-Home Consultation before scheduling the actual nail trimming appointment! Proof of rabies vaccinations are required for nail trimming appointments.