Why not spoil your dog with a trip to PetSmart® Grooming? Every dog deserves some time at the spa. I sent my little sister Bailie off for her first ever professional grooming. I will show you how it went from check in, to the bath, to the finished product. Did Bailie like it? Did she look amazing? Read on to find out!
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The PetSmart Grooming Process
Booking an appointment
Bailie is always groomed at home but it is not quite the thorough job a dog gets with a professional dog groomer. It was time for Bailie to really get spiffed up, so Mom made an appointment online with our local PetSmart grooming Salon. Did you know if you book online, you can choose your favorite groomer, get a call, text alerts, or emails notifying you when your pet is ready to be picked up. There a few rules you need to know before setting up an appointment to spoil your dog:
- All pets need current rabies vaccinations and proof of vaccination from their vet
- Rabies vaccination needs to be administered 48 hours prior to service.
- No grooming services will be performed on pets 8 weeks old or younger.
- Customers cannot go behind the double doors separating the salon lobby from the grooming area for the safety of our pets and associates.
Before the bath
Bailie met with her groomer, Alex, when she arrived at the salon. Since it was Bailie’s first time at a grooming salon, she was a bit nervous, but Alex has been trained to handle dogs in many situations. All PetSmart salon associates acquire annual safety certification and take additional course work where they learn about dog anatomy, signs of stress, and common medical conditions. The PetSmart groomers that give haircuts receive an additional 400 hours of hands on training! Before heading for the tub, Bailie got a little loving from Alex, followed by a nail trim, and fur shave on the bottom of her paws.
It’s now tub time! Bailie loves water, but baths are not high on her list of favorite things! Alex gently placed her in the tub, and slowly wet her down from top to bottom with the amazing oxygen infused bathing water and out of the same hose comes the exact amount of shampoo and conditioner for the dog in the tub! No guess work involved! PetSmart salons feature a variety of professional-quality shampoos and conditioners including skin solutions, deShedding, and flea & tick treatments. Alex gently massaged, and lathered Bailie up from ears, to paws, to her tail. She even took a moment to check and empty Bailie’s anal glands.
Time to dry off
After the bath, Bailie was soaking wet, so the first step in drying off was a bit of toweling off. Look at that face! Even though she was still a bit nervous about the whole deal, Bailie is enjoying herself!
The towels get some excess water off, but the air dryers do the rest of the work. PetSmart uses air dryers which blow cool air out of vacuum like hoses. At first Bailie was a bit scared but she then relaxed.
The finishing touches
The finishing brush
Once Bailie was dried off, she returned to the front end of the salon. Alex got out the finishing brush and brushed her down from head to toe. This brush makes her fur shine, gets it to lie down, and puts a smile on her face.
Tidying up the beard
Paw fur trim
The last step in Bailie’s spa day was to trim up the fur around her paws. She always has “wild” fur all over, but now with the rest of her body tamed down, the paws needed attention. The before and after shots really show how much better they look.
The finished product
Bailie’s transformation is now complete. Her fur looks so soft and shiny. She looks great and seems to be feeling great! Did you know PetSmart salons offer a “Look Great Guarantee”, which means they promise you will be happy with your pet’s service, or they will do whatever necessary to make it right, including offering your money back! We are completely happy with the dog grooming Bailie received, and her groomer Alex was so sweet and caring with Bailie every step of the way.
Back at home we got good comparative before and after shots of Bailie. She looks much better after grooming. If you spoil your dog with a PetSmart grooming, share your experience in photos with them on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
Not all dogs need fancy cuts and trims. Bailie is pretty much wash and wear, but even so, she looks noticeably better after her grooming at PetSmart! Spoil your dog for the upcoming holidays with a PetSmart grooming salon appointment!