• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.



Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

Choosing a groomer

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Choosing a groomer

    After working in a clinic that had multiple groomers rotate through over the course of 10 years, I am rather averse to the idea of leaving my dog with a groomer. For the better part of two years, hubby and I groomed our SP ourselves.

    I did find a good one back home on the recommendation of my SIL right before we moved, but now we're in another state.

    So here's what I know about dog:
    1) Dog is a SP and is well behaved for grooming/nail trim/etc so no special needs there except for his muzzle. (fine w/ eyes, feet)
    2) Dog is UTD on vaccs.
    3) Dog has only been groomed twice by someone other than me.

    Here's what I know about me:
    1) I am really worried that someone will be rough with him or downright abusive like I've seen first hand. He is already a little stand offish with new people. I don't want him to have a bad experience that I'm going to have to deal with for the next 10 years.
    2) I am worried someone will nick him or cut him and I'll end up with another huge vet bill.

    All I want is a basic puppy clip--nothing fancy shmancy poodle-y.

    So...when you don't have the benefit of personal references/referrals, how do you go about choosing a groomer?
    A good horseman doesn't have to tell anyone...the horse already knows.

    Might be a reason, never an excuse...

  • #2
    You have four choices:

    1. Have the dog groomed at a vet office where your dog will be taken into the back and groomed by someone you will probably never see.

    2. Go to one of the PetCo/PetSmart stores and see if you can find a dog groomer who puts you at ease. I recommend PetSmart over PetCo because PetCo is ghetto fabulous.

    3. Go to one of the few pet grooming stores and do the same as above.

    4. Call one of the mobile pet grooming services where your dog gets taken into the back of a van for an hour or so to be groomed.

    There really is no answer except whatever you find works for you and the only way you can get references is to talk to local dog owners, many of which won't really be able to give you the sort of answer you are looking for anyway as they just do whatever is convenient for them as far as grooming goes and they usually don't have the perspective that you are looking for.
    Thus do we growl that our big toes have, at this moment, been thrown up from below!


    • #3
      Try Just Fur Pets in Springfield. It's near the intersection of Old Keene Mill and Rolling Road. You can groom the dog yourself there or see if you like the grooming people enough to let them take a shot at it.
      Thus do we growl that our big toes have, at this moment, been thrown up from below!


      • #4
        Ask a lot of other owners about their groomer. I found out that the mobile one I was using wasn't good, from talking to other owners. I started using hand clippers and did my dog by myself, it wasn't a good clip, but it was easier than finding another groomer in a small town.

        And if there's a local dog park go over and hang out, and see if any poodle owners have recommendations.
        You can't fix stupid-Ron White


        • Original Poster

          Thanks Lex & Jan.

          Lex, we're actually on the far west side of Springfield...pretty much in Burke...Braddock/Rolling Road is close. I found a DIY place nearby like you're describing. I will check out that other place. Thanks for the heads up on Petco.

          Jan, I hear ya!

          I haven't hit up the dog parks yet. Maybe over the weekend I can track one down. I think there are several in my area.
          A good horseman doesn't have to tell anyone...the horse already knows.

          Might be a reason, never an excuse...


          • #6
            JFP should be perfect for you then. It's only several minutes from where you are and it's a straight shot down Rolling Road from Braddock and Rolling. There's a wonderful new Pet Nutrition store in Burke across from the Post Office and the Fire Station that I now use for treats, toys, and food. Give it a look.
            Thus do we growl that our big toes have, at this moment, been thrown up from below!


            • Original Poster

              Lex, I think I actually stopped in there on Friday...my first day in town. LOL It's in the same complex as the Giant there on Burke, right? Next to a vet clinic? Or am I thinking of a different one?

              Do you have any fave dog parks in this area? I am loving the walk around Lake Accotink. I just have to work on socializing our youngest a bit more. He is leery of some people. I don't know what the deal is, but about every 11th person gives him pause. I would like to get them out to a park though so they can run. They've never been relegated to leashed walks before and aren't particularly happy with the situation unless I do the 7-10 mile walk.
              A good horseman doesn't have to tell anyone...the horse already knows.

              Might be a reason, never an excuse...


              • #8
                Yarp! That it be. Hit up Spartans too when you get a chance. The only dog park that you can use for running around is South Run. However, it has rough terrain due to the fact that is a repurposed landfill, so you must keep an eye on the paws. This is the best time of year to go because youth league sports are not running games in the evening. If you want a good lake to walk around, I recommend Lake Royal or Burke Lake. There is a system of trails that interconnects much of the West side of Burke so you can get in a GREAT walk if you go to South Run because the trails connect to both Burke Lake and Lake Mercer, which gives you a nice long walk with peace and quiet and the trail connects right to the dog park entrance.
                Thus do we growl that our big toes have, at this moment, been thrown up from below!


                • Original Poster

                  Well, one of these days, perhaps you can meet up w/ the mutts and me and we can take all of the monsters for a good walk. I have to get in shape first though! I have already walked 28 miles this week and it's only Wed! I'm getting a little sore. Which is pathetic. But true. LOL
                  A good horseman doesn't have to tell anyone...the horse already knows.

                  Might be a reason, never an excuse...


                  • #10
                    You need to get yourself a membership for the county rec centers. South Run has a fabulous fitness center and Wakefield, which is probably pretty close to you, also has a decent fitness center though it's got a terrible location with a lot of traffic. You can go during the day when your dogs are sleeping. You just missed the membership sale but it's still cheaper than a gym membership since you get access to county pools, fitness classes, and other stuff. I'm sure a membership of a few months would benefit you for the Winter. I got a nice 12 month membership for around $500.
                    Thus do we growl that our big toes have, at this moment, been thrown up from below!


                    • #11
                      Just wanted to comment on the Petco issue. I think you have to judge every groomer individually not based on where they work. I know two amazing groomers who work at Petco because they offer benefits (health insurance, etc). Both groomers used to work at my family's grooming shop (since been sold) and are excellent, handle the pets well, very experienced, etc. So I wouldn't necessarily rule out a place like Petco/petsmart. Base it more on the individual groomer.
                      But in general I would ask other dog owners for recommendations. Owner used to love bringing their dogs to my family's business because the dogs would come racing into the back to see us, especially our regular dogs.


                      • #12
                        Hey locals!

                        This person
                        is a drive but from everything she writes I'd go there if I had a groomer dog like a SPoo.

                        Originally posted by BuddyRoo View Post
                        It's in the same complex as the Giant there on Burke, right? Next to a vet clinic? Or am I thinking of a different one?
                        It has a daycare on the left. The tubs are on the left hand side in the back. Food & retail in the front/right.

                        If you see a pudgy 20-something white woman walking around Lake Accotink with a prancing Pap and bending over a growly, graying, low rider black mutt it's me!

                        I love grooming! Too bad I don't have near the skills needed for a SPoo. Why aren't you doing the grooming yourself anymore?


                        • #13
                          Local off leash- how often?

                          You looking for off leash daily, weekends? My more frequent off leash walks are illegal and I don't do dog parks. I'm in West Springfield and can spit on Burke.

                          For legal off leash, VA Arboretum. It is a long drive out so it's more of a destination outing: picnic, visit a winery, etc. Dogs can frolick safely and legally off leash while their people walk.

                          Turkey Run is 20mins away always has off leash dogs though it is not legal. Bull Run is further.

                          I've turned my Pap off leash on the ballfields at Wakefield Park though it is a BIG no-no. My guy just wants to zip laps for 2 mins so I sneak in that opportunity wherever there's a patch of green.


                          • Original Poster

                            BiCoastal--I can't seem to figure out where that groomer IS. I have an appt today at Springfield Animal Hospital to get the staples removed from lab and I guess they have grooming too. I will inquire while I'm there. (Open to suggestions for vets as well, locals!)

                            As for "pudgy 20 something white woman/pap and low rider black mutt"...did I see you yesterday? LOL

                            I be the black nike stocking cap wearing pony tailed gal with two big black dogs--one lab, one standard poodle. I haven't been walking all the way around the lake every walk...just once a day. Will PM you...we always like walking buddies. I am finding that i pretty much have to do two long walks a day with a short couple in the middle to keep them down to a dull roar. One thing is certain, I am going to get in shape come hell or high water!

                            I will check out the dog parks you mentioned. I hate that they don't get to just RUN.....I am going to ask BO if I can let them run around in her hay field this weekend while I ride. That's what they're used to.

                            We shall see!
                            A good horseman doesn't have to tell anyone...the horse already knows.

                            Might be a reason, never an excuse...


                            • #15
                              Stick to South Run. It's close to you, your dogs will run and romp and chase with other dogs to their heart's content at the dog park, and it will be easier on you if you walk them on the trail system there, which will give you a nice long walk around the woods. Since the leaves are coming down in force, you'll want to avoid the woodland trails for now because they are impossible to navigate once the ground is covered in leaves since many trails are unpaved and have no markers. Letting your dogs off-leash out in large open fields as suggested here is not a good idea with the large deer population as they frequently lurk in the woods at the edge of the fields mentioned here - especially Bull Run - and they will run across the fields to go elsewhere, triggering your dog's drive to chase things. Many a dog has been lost to chasing deer in this area and with the approaching Winter, you don't want to go down that route. Once Spring rolls around, you'll want to hit the trails at Mason Neck, Fountainhead, and if you're feeling really daring, there is a hiking/walking trail that goes from top to bottom of the area that many people don't even know about even though it's an official trail.
                              Thus do we growl that our big toes have, at this moment, been thrown up from below!