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

Susan Chapdelaine
Rockville, MD
email through the website

Paws of Enchantment

Cassandra Kraham
Silver Spring, MD
[email protected]

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.

Peaceful Dog

Kirsten Stade
Silver Spring, MD
[email protected]

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.

Washington, DC

Bonnie’s Dog and Cat Grooming

Bonnie Peregoy
Washington, DC  20003
[email protected]

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

Patrick’s Pet Care

Patrick Flynn
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

Michael Pastreich
K St, Northeast DC
[email protected]

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.

Northern Virginia

Belly Rubs Pet Care

Ashburn, VA   20147
[email protected]
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

Sabina Poinelli
Springfield, VA
[email protected]

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

Selena Hill
Fairfax, VA

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