Video – Force-Free Grooming Tips
A few minutes of practice can set your dog up for stress-free visits to the groomer. Learn games you can play at home to get your dog comfortable with brushing, nail clipping, and more. Thanks to E. Foley, Jadzia the cocker spaniel, and groomer Jackie Coufal for this video.
Jackie Coufal on How to Groom Your Dog
This Podcast Webinar was hosted by Your Dog’s Friend during COVID “sheltering in place” (this is only the audio of the presentation). Jackie Coufal received her groomer certification in 1991 from the Maryland School of Dog Grooming in Silver Spring, Maryland. She is a member of the Pet Professional Guild and believes that our dogs deserve kindness, love, and compassion when being groomed.
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
Kenhaven Animal Hospital
email through the website
Paws of Enchantment
Silver Spring, 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.
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
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.
Bonnie’s Dog and Cat Grooming
Washington, DC 20003
Cageless option for fearful or elderly dogs. Will not work on sedated dogs.
Patrick’s Pet Care
Northeast & Northwest DC
Two locations in DC (northwest and northeast), by appointment. Fear-free certified. Can accommodate disabled dogs. Allow clients to FaceTime during pup’s grooming appointment! Can provide transportation.
Colby’s Dogcare & Spa
K St, Northeast DC
Bathing with organic shampoos and conditioners, clipping, nail trimming, teeth brushing, expressing anal glands. Extra services like longhair shave down and hand stripping also available.
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.
Zen Boarding & Grooming Grooming
Stress-free, force-free, and cage-free grooming for dogs under 50 pounds. Specializes in working with fearful dogs. Learn to groom classes.
Pooch Pawlor at Potomac Valley Vet Hospital
Grooming services are offered at veterinary clinic, so dogs are crated when not being groomed.