Who We Are
Fur's A Flyin' is dedicated to providing high quality grooming at competitive rates and customer service with a smile. If you are not completely satisfied with your experience with us, we will work hard to make it right!
In addition to safety and health, we must consider the well-being of your puppy! Puppies go through two fear stages early in life. The first fear stage occurs at 8 to 10-weeks of age and the second occurs at 6 to 14-months of age. The way training, socialization, and new experiences are handled during fear stages can mean the difference between a fearful dog and a well-behaved confident dog. It is vital when working with puppies that we provide them with a positive first experience through patience and minimizing fear. Your puppy's first few visits are as much about training as it is about actually providing a haircut. We recommend starting with a couple of basic grooming visits before delving into that first full grooming. We call these basic grooms a "puppy intro". This process involves trimming nails, cleaning ears and plucking ear hair, bath, blow dry, brushing/combing the coat, and trimming hair from the private areas, eyes, and feet. The "puppy intro" allows your puppy to become acclimated to the tools of the trade without having to "push" them through processes that might be overly scary the first time. It is important to us that you understand our ability to complete a full groom for your puppy on its first visit is very dependent on its personality and/or disposition. If your puppy's rapid fur/hair growth requires us to push through the first grooming, we promise to do the best we can to minimize traumatizing your puppy. While your puppy might react fearfully to our tools because they vibrate or make noise, we promise there is nothing painful or harmful about the grooming process. We fully expect your puppy to misbehave and try to bite during the first few visits. However, we should see improvement in these behaviors with each visit as "practice truly does make perfect" for most dogs providing too much time doesn't pass between visits!
Adult dogs 2 to 6-years old: Ideally, these dogs have become acclimated to grooming and are pro's. However, some dogs are intolerant of grooming for reasons we could only understand if Fido could just speak English and tell us! For these dogs, we may adjust our processes the best we can to accommodate it's sensitivities.
Senior dogs 7-years and older: Once dogs reach 7-years old they are considered seniors by the veterinary community. These dogs start showing signs of slowing down a little bit such as fur/hair coat thinning, poor skin, arthritis, dental issues and other symptoms. Dogs that have been otherwise well-behaved could start exhibiting the behaviors we experience with puppies. These behaviors could include inability/unwillingness to stand or the propensity to bite over the handling of limbs and/or head and face. Usually, these dogs do not need retraining, but are beginning to feel some level of discomfort due to underlying health issues. If this occurs, where possible, we will modify our processes to keep your dog as comfortable as we can.
Behaviors in general: Regardless of your dog's age, we promise to handle your dog with the utmost care and concern while keeping staff safety in mind. For dogs who bite during the grooming process, we will utilize a muzzle or an extra staff member to complete the task at hand safely. As a general rule, we do not allow owners to stay because dogs never really settle down in the presence of their owners. However, for dogs who are no longer able to stand or are anxious without an owner present there are always exceptions to this rule. Regarding dogs that are overly aggressive, we may go so far as to recommend a sedative. If we discuss this option with you, please understand we have tried everything we can to handle your dog safely without this step. If necessary, we are more than happy to speak directly with your Veterinarian about our concerns. Just to clarify, we do not provide sedatives. You will need to administer any veterinary prescribed sedatives at home, prior to your grooming appointment.
Please read on for more information regarding the grooming process!
Now it is time for the bath! We always start by putting a drop of surgical eye lubricant on the surface of your pet's eyes. This lubricant is non-medicated and vet recommended as it helps prevent shampoo irritation to your pet's eyes. Then we express the anal glands. We always perform this process unless specifically asked not to. Your pet's ears are plucked-free of excessive hair and a high-quality ear cleaner is used to remove dirt and grime. When all preparations are complete, we bathe your dog with shampoo and conditioner that we feel best fits your pet's needs unless you request a specific product in advance. We keep deep cleaning, hypo-allergenic, de-shedding and other products on hand or we are willing to use your veterinary prescribed products. De-shedding products and tooth brushing is available upon request for an additional charge.
After the bath, we fluff dry your pet by hand. We use variable speed "forced air" dryers without heat elements so as to not over dry the skin or over heat your pet. These dryers are adjustable to each pet's level of sensitivity and allow us to remove dead hair and dander from the coat. This leaves the coat nice and fluffy with a shiny luster ready for trimming.
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*Due to Covid-19, we close when we are done.