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By: Delena E.
Doggy Styles
Nikki is wonderful! Been a customer for 4 yrs now and have always found her to be kind and professional. My miniature schnauzer loves going to Doggie Style and always looks Great when I pick her up. Pricing is a bit steep in my book ($45 for 8lb dog), or maybe I'm behind the times on pricing. Prior groomers were $35, but Nkki's work is superior, so I endure.Not sure why the one complained of not being able to get same day service. The fact that as a general rule, Nikki has gotten too busy to accommodate same day request is a good thing too me. It says her services are in high demand which translates into her being very good at what she does.. As for her claim that Nikki was rude or short with her, in 4 yrs I've never had such an encounter with Nikki, moreover, we all have an off day from time to time. You never know what someone is dealing with on any given day. If it's not a pattern, I tend to show grace.
By: anonym
Doggy Styles
Had taken my dog to Doggy Styles twice and was happy with their work and prices, even though they use very confusing lingo to describe haircuts. When I called to schedule my third appointment, Nikki (the owner) was rude and short with me. Both of the other times I called and got same day appointments with no problem.Here was the phone conversation today:Nikki:"Hi this is Nikki"Me: "Hi Nikki, I was wondering if you had any open appointments for today?"Nikki: "Ma'am, it's late in the day and the only place you'll get in is Petsmart" (with a snarky attitude)*awkward silence*Me: "... Ok, thanks"I was ready to schedule an appointment for later in the week, but after that unprofessional response from THE OWNER, I decided to take my business elsewhere.
Tips & Advices
Some pet groomers have viewing areas where owners can sit and watch their pets being treated. Most prevent owners from being in the same room as the pet, however, as the owner's presence might cause the pet to become too excited.
Pets that cannot interact with strangers do not make good professional grooming candidates. Sometimes medication can help, but some groomers don't take animals that have been sedated. If a pet becomes too unruly, a groomer may end the session entirely.
It's best to fully vaccinate pets before bringing them to their first grooming appointment. Dogs should receive the DA2PPC vaccine, which stands for canine distemper, canine andenovirus type 2, canine parvovirus, and parainfluenza. It's also a good idea to vaccinate dogs against Bordedatella (aka “kennel cough”). In fact, New York City requires dogs receive both DAPP and Bordetella shots. Cats, meanwhile, should get the FVRCP vaccine: feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus infection, and panleukopenia. In addition, all pets should be up to date on their rabies shots. Owners should wait at least 24 hours after getting their pet vaccinated before bringing it to the groomers.
Technically, there is no such thing as a pet that is too old for a professional groomer. In fact, older pets with joint or mobility issues often can't groom themselves and need someone else to clean them. However, pets that are blind, deaf, or have serious medical issues might not do well at a groomer, especially if the person is inexperienced. Owners should feel free to ask potential groomers about their understanding of elderly pet issues. Often, older pets will exhibit puppy-like behavior and squirm or yelp during grooming. Alternatively, they might not be able to stand for long periods of time. As such, grooming an older pet usually takes more time than grooming a young one.
Puppies and kittens should be at least 10 weeks old before their first professional grooming session. They should be used to being gently handled by strangers and comfortable being separated from their owners for a few hours at a time.

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