The following groomers have been recommended by trainers, volunteers, or students. They have all been described as gentle and patient with the dogs they groom.

Maryland – Beltway and Surrounding Areas

Dirty Dawg

Jackie Coufal
Germantown, MD

Works by appointment only; no drop-offs and no crates.  Dogs don’t stay longer than time it takes for grooming, so vaccinations aren’t required.  No dogs over 40 lbs.  Works out of Holistic Veterinary Healing.

Housecalls by Catherine

Catherine Singelsether

In-your-home grooming services in Germantown, Gaithersburg, Montgomery Village and nearby areas, and some parts of Rockville.  Offers most services that are provided in salons, with exception of flea treatments and anal expression.  In-home option good for dogs with special needs, e.g., senior or disabled pets, puppies, or dogs that don’t do well around other dogs.  Preferred method of contact is email.

Kenhaven Animal Hospital

Susan Chapdelaine, Groomer
Rockville, MD

Pampered Poodles

Carrie Seek
Silver Spring, MD

All-breed grooming

Peaceful Dog

Kirstin Stade
Silver Spring, MD

Specializes in working with shy and fearful dogs, using massage and treats to make grooming as stress-free as possible.  In-your-home services available for additional cost.  Available to speak to dog training classes, obedience clubs, or any group of dog lovers about making their pets more comfortable with grooming and about simple, holistic DIY grooming techniques.

Maryland – Frederick and Surrounding Areas

Temple of Groom at Paws in the City

Frederick, MD

Work by appointments to avoid crating dogs.  Spa has separate grooming areas to allow multiple dogs to be groomed at the same time; serene, calming environment where your dog receives exclusive attention.  Groomers highly attuned to dogs’ reactions to the environment.

Maryland – Prince Georges County

Paws of Enchantment

Cassandra Kraham
Mt. Rainier, MD

Holistic spa utilizing aromatherapy, hypo-allergenic shampoos, and basic massage techniques. Offer basic grooming and upgraded “spa” options as well as crystal and reiki sessions.  Willing to network with trainers/behaviorists for dogs who are fearful or reactive.

Washington, DC

Bonnie’s Dog and Cat Grooming

Bonnie Peregoy
Washington, DC  20003

Cageless option for fearful or elderly dogs.  Will not work on sedated dogs.

Northern Virginia

Belly Rubs Pet Care

Ashburn, VA   20147
571-295-5516, ext. 1

In-shop grooming, self-service dog wash, and mobile pet spa.  Mobile grooming available in parts of Fairfax and Loudoun Counties.  Salon open 7 days a week.  Salon and mobile grooming services by appointment only.  Multiple dogs may be groomed at the same time in the same area.

Pampered Pets

Sabina Poinelli
Springfield, VA

Works by appt only; no drop-offs.  Specializes in working with fearful dogs.  Cage-free grooming. In-your-home grooming and transport services available at additional cost.  Also offers pet-sitting services in cage-free environment with supervised care.  Specializes in boarding senior and fearful dogs.

Pooch Pawlor at Potomac Valley Vet Hospital

Selena Hill
Fairfax, VA

Grooming services are offered at veterinary clinic, so dogs are crated when not being groomed.