When we started our raw pet food store nearly 2 years ago, we wanted to add a grooming salon that catered to caring pet owners. Our goal was to create the perfect environment where pet owners felt comfortable leaving their pets. We thought about every detail from the layout of the room to the way services were offered.
Having worked at a large corporate grooming salon, I did not like the facility or the way it was run. I will say that the facility was well maintained and the employees, along with management, took the safety of each pet very seriously.
We refer to this type of grooming facility as a factory because multiple dogs arrive for the same groomer at one time. One dog is bathed, semi-dried, and left in the cage while another dog starts the same process. Once all of the dogs are bathed, the groomer then goes back to the first dog and starts the haircut. The facility has walls of cages with barking dogs and loud dryers. It is far from a low stress environment and it is not a facility I would choose for my pets.
Many pet owners have had negative experiences when it comes to pet care (grooming, veterinary care, boarding, etc). We strive to provide a safe and positive grooming experience for both the owner and the pet.
Our groomer will greet you and your pet and discuss service options. Grooming is an unregulated industry in Canada, meaning that anyone can pick up some scissors and call themselves groomers. It is important that you ask about your groomer’s credentials and experience. Our groomer has over 10 years of experience grooming both dogs and cats. She was professionally trained and has worked in 4 different salons prior to joining Domestic Carnivore.
All grooms include a bath with shampoo and conditioner. If you or your pet has sensitivities, please inform the groomer so a fragrance-free shampoo can be used. Every pet is washed by hand with clean, warm water. We do not use a re-circulating bathing system as we feel they are ineffective. Think of a touch less car wash vs. a hand car wash. These systems also have to be well cleaned, as they are a breeding ground for bacteria.
After the bath, each pet is thoroughly dried, brushed, and given a haircut (if requested). Once they are looking their best, their ears are cleaned and toenails are trimmed. We call you when your pet is almost done so you can arrive to greet your dog after their appointment.
Domestic Carnivore is pleased to provide one-on-one grooming services for every pet. We have chosen to offer this service so that your dog receives the attention they deserve. If you have a pet that is stressed with the grooming experience, they will not be faced with a bunch of anxious, barking dogs. The one-on-one service also allows the groomer to focus on your pet and pay attention to the details of the groom. To reduce the stress of grooming, your pet will be groomed straight through so they can return home as soon as their spa session is complete.
Our services are customized to suit your needs. We offer full grooming (complete haircut) for all size dogs (as long as they fit in the tub) or you can visit us for a bath and tidy (light trimming), bath and brush (no trimming), nail trim, face trim, etc.
Has your dog had a negative grooming experience? Domestic Carnivore specializes in nervous and shy dogs. Our groomer has a gentle touch that allows your dog to have a positive grooming experience. We have a few dogs that need a friend to comfort them during their groom. We are always willing to help out in order to make the experience as positive as possible. If something cannot be done safely, we will not put the pet through unnecessary stress. Your pet’s comfort and safety always comes first.