Peaceful Dog grooming and training services
enhance the well-being of your pet and the quality of your relationship
$40-$100; varies with dog size, temperament, and coat condition.
Grooming is so stressful for so many dogs. Noisy equipment, uncomfortable procedures, and an unfamiliar environment make it very difficult for most dogs to enjoy a grooming session, and with breeds that need regular grooming, the stress just increases with each negative experience.
I use massage, gentle touch, and treats to minimize stress and help dogs relax. I specialize in working with anxious dogs and finding ways to make grooming less stressful. If your dog hates being on the grooming table, I'll sit on the floor with him. If your dog panics when you go out of her sight, you can stay with us and give her treats while we groom.
If your dog is too anxious to allow any grooming without distress, I will teach you to help her become more comfortable. Because I focus on the comfort and health of dogs, my grooming services are intended for basic grooming of family dogs.
Each session includes thorough deshedding and/or hair cut, ear cleaning, tooth brushing, nail clip, bath, and blow dry.
"Kirsten's services are quite rare in the DC metro area. She not only offers this rare service, but she does so with such a calm and nonthreatening demeanor that it's impossible to imagine a dog not loving her." -- Alexis, Washington, DC
Grooming House Calls
$80 minimum for house calls; most will be $80-$125.
For dogs who are so anxious they would prefer not to leave the comfort and familiarity of home, or for busy humans who can't find the time to bring their pup to the groomer, grooming housecalls are the ideal solution.
Positive Dog Training
Private sessions in your home are $75 per hour; $10 extra for visits outside the Beltway.
Positive Dog Training uses reward-based techniques that are effective, easy to use, and fun for you and your dog.
Whether your dog is anxious, nippy, destructive when you're away, or barks when he sees other dogs, we will work together to find a solution that changes the behavior. My approach is to listen deeply to your concerns, help you feel more calm, centered, and loving toward your dog, and help your dog reach her or his potential.
Grooming Desensitization Training and DIY Grooming Support
I am also available to speak to your dog training class, obedience club, or any group of dog lovers about making their pets more comfortable with grooming; about simple, holistic DIY grooming techniques; and about my favorite products and methods for enhancing your dog's total body and mind vitality.
"Kirsten, Myles looks adorable, and I think feels a lot better, too. He always is so happy after he sees you! Thank you for your kind skillfulness, and quick response." -- Trisha, Takoma Park