Pawsitive Touch Grooming:   Services and Fees

Grooming Fees and Services

1.  We ask that you bring your pet at the scheduled time. 
 **     For your  first appointment you should be here about 15 minutes early to fill out some
paperwork, that will provide ,us with a concise history of your pet, its habits, behavior tips,  allergies,  illnesses including skin or coat irritations and to  show me where your pet
may have moles  or difficult spots on his body. Bring proof of vaccinations to first visit.   

2.  It is best to bring your pet in for the groom, then after updating any information that I need, for you to leave your pet  and come back for his pickup at agreed upon time or we can call for you to come when
he is ready.  Most pets are more anxious and  act out if their owners are in the shop
and can be seen or heard. If you have to leave your pet all day there is no extra charge as long as
it is picked up by closing time or as close to it as possible. It will be taken for potty breaks   throughout the day and water will be available at all times. If the pet is not picked up by the posted  closing time there may      be an additional $10 per hour fee.

3.  Your pets health and safety is my first concern and top priority,  I will make every
effort to ensure your pet's grooming experience is a very safe, positive and pleasant experience. 
However if your pet should become ill or get hurt while in my care and vet   services are needed, or if you are  unable to be contacted in a timely matter I will try to take it to your listed contact vet .  If I feel it is an emergency  I will   be taking it to my vet which is close and it is Cleveland Park Animal Hospital here
In Travelers Rest.  All vet expenses are the resonsibiliby of  the owner unless it is an injury that is found 
to be  the fault of the groomer.

4.  Safety is a concen for all involved in the grooming process,  people as well as the
pets.  If your pet  has bitten someone or has aggressive tendencies and you have not forwarned us of this,
We may need to terminate the grooming session.  Pro rated charges may apply.  If you warn us
that a pet may be aggressive we can be prepared and use a muzzle and /or an extra set of hands.  Even then we cannot guarantee to get a good groom and a complete one if we feel our safety or your pet's is being endangered.

5.   All Vaccinations must be up to date and paperwork must be brought with you to 
 your first visit.  If  you can't find the paperwork your vet can give you a paper to confirm
 dates of the vaccinations.  Required Vaccinations are Parvo/distemper and Rabies


6.  Please advise us if your pet has fleas and /or ticks.  We strive to keep our shop flea and tick free.  We will medicate your pet with Capstar on arrival if we know aheaad of time.  This will be an
 added fee  along with an extra fee for the two flea shampoos that will be needed.    
 Note:   If  your pet has fleas, while we are ridding it of the fleas here,  you need to go
home and rid your premises of fleas, by washing the dog's bedding,  using a flea bomb
in the home (be sure all kids, pets,  birds, fish, etc are removed)    vacuuming all carpets, upholstery, and any areas your pet  sleeps in or near.  Other pets in your home may be need to be flea bathed and treated also. 
A topical flea and tick shoudl be used on all pets, including cats.  check with your vet for recommended
products.  These products should not be applied until 48 - 36 hours after being bathed as they are not as effective.  They will take up to 24 hours to start working. I have Capstar available in my shop for sale if you
need it.  It goes by the weight of your dog.  Capstar is fast working ( eliminates fleas within 4 hours) but it
does not last long (usually 24 hours )so it is not the ultimate fix for your  flea problems.   

7.   It is difficult to quote an exact fee unless your pet is here for me to evaluate. The condition of the coat, presence of mats,  and what you want for a groom all need to be taken into consideration. I will usually give
a price  range that I feel will allow for me do to a quality groom and work with the condition of your pet.  If your pet is   severely matted it may not be possible to give it the groom you are wanting.  Regular groomings are necessary to keep your pet's skin and coat  in top condition  and allow the look  you desire..
Services and Fees
All grooming fees are due when services are rendered.   and at the time of your pick up of pet(s)  I accept cash or check.  If a check is returned because of insufficient funds there will be a $20  charge the first time, and  $35 any time after this first time.
25 Reasons Your Dog's Haircut Costs More Than Yours
1.Your haircut takes 20-30 minutes; your dog's takes much longer.
2.Your hairdresser doesn't give you a manicure & pedicure.
3.Your Hairdresser only clips the hair on your head.
4.You don't have fleas, ticks, or mites.
5.Your Hairdresser is not expected to comb out dreadlocks.
6.Your hairdresser doesn't clean your ears.
7.You don't try to bite your hairdresser.
8.You stay still and don't wiggle, jump and shake while being worked on with sharp scissors & tools.
9.Your hairdresser doesn't wash your butt.
10.You don't come in with mud, burrs, sticks, tar, sap, gum, foxtails, and poop in your hair.
11.You don't shake and cover everything (including your hairdresser) in 2 inches of soapy water.
12.Your Hairdresser doesn't have to shave between your toes.
13.You can tell your hairdresser if something's wrong, she doesn't have to guess.
14.You don't poop whilst your hairdresser is blow-drying your backside.
15.Your hairdresser doesn't need to cuddle you and stroke you when you get nervous.
16.You don't walk into your hairdresser with hair that hasn't been brushed in 6 weeks (or 6 months).
17.You don't scream at the top of your lungs every time the Hairdresser picks up a pair of nail clippers.
18.You don't whip around in a frenzy as soon as your hairdresser goes to clip around your ears.
19.You don't try to hump your hairdresser's leg.
20.You don't play chicken with a skunk right before your appointment.
21.You don't pee, poop, or throw up in the hairdresser's chair.
22.You don't wait until you're clean and dry to go potty and sit in it.
23.You don't dig your fingernails into your hairdresser's arm.
24.You don't roll in dead things.
25.Your hairdresser probably won't love you if you do any of the above. (In fact they would probably have you arrested).

You Can Help Your Groomer Help Your Dog

HANDLING: While you are at home, you can handle your dog as your groomer would during grooming. Choose a quiet time and a quiet place, and give her treats during this whole process. Begin by just touching all parts of her body as if you are giving her an all-over body massage. Scratch her tummy, under her chin, and behind her ears. Pet her with long, gentle strokes.

As she becomes comfortable with that, touch her ears, look inside her ears, stroke her muzzle. Pick up her paws, run your hands down her legs, gently squeeze her feet, toes, and tail.

CLIPPING NAILS: Some dogs do not like having their nails clipped. Take some wooden matchsticks, and cut the matchsticks to get your dog used to the sound, giving her a treat with each cut. Handle your dog’s feet several times a day, giving her a scrumptious treat as you touch them. Then take the nail clipper out and put it on the floor near your dog. Give her a treat every time she looks at the clipper. Pick it up and slowly bring it closer to her giving her treats the whole time. Hold your dog‘s foot and put the matchstick underneath her foot and cut the matchstick. When she gets used to this, then put the clipper to her nails and pretend to cut them.

THE SOUNDS: The two sounds to get her used to are the sounds of the hair clippers and the dryer. Begin with the dryer. Put the dryer several feet from her. Turn it on and off very quickly. Toss her a treat every time it is on. As she acclimates to the sound, leave it on for a few more seconds and gradually it move closer to her. Remember the treats! When you finally get close to her, let it blow on the least sensitive part of her body and give her a treat. Leave it on for longer periods. When she is used to the dryer, repeat the entire process again with an electric razor or other appliance that simulates the sound of hair clippers.

THE TABLE: Get her used to being on a raised surface. Several times a day, pick her up and place her on a table, a countertop, your washer or dryer, or some other raised surface on top of which you have put a rubber mat.

THE CRATE: Make her want to go into the crate. Put her favorite toys in the crate and close the door so she is outside and the toys are inside next to the door. Now she wants to go into the crate to get her toys. Open the door and let her in to get them. Leave the door open. Gradually put them further back so she has to go further inside to get them. Do the same thing with her food, and put her dish further back. Begin swinging the door while she is eating. As she gets accustomed to the noise, then close it for just a short period of time. Slowly lengthen the time the door is closed.