The Posh Pooch
Private professional pet grooming

Miranda Stonebraker
Internationally Certified Master Groomer
Located in Yucca Valley, CA 
Serving the Morongo Basin for over 18 years 
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Do you groom cats?

How old does a puppy have to be for his first grooming appointment?
A puppy needs to have had its second set of immunizations before coming to visit the groomer.  Any time after that is just fine.  Grooming is something that is a necessary part of a dog's entire life, and the sooner it becomes a regular part of their routine, the more enjoyable it will be for them.

How long does my dog stay at your salon?
We want your dog's grooming to be a pleasant and positive experience.  We also take great pride in the quality of our work.  In order to further both of these goals, we feel we must take our time, and give your dog plenty of breaks throughout the grooming process.  We generally give ourselves four hours from the time of your appointment, until you can expect to pick up your pet.  It doesn't always take this long, but we like to give ourselves a buffer in case there is a delay.

What form of payment do you accept?
Cash, check, and credit/debit cards (Visa/MasterCard and Discover) 

How much does it cost to have my dog groomed?
It varies based on the size, hair length, condition, and disposition of your dog.  All haircuts (which include bath, brushing, ear cleaning, nail clipping/filing, and expressing of the anal glands) start at $42.  For dog's that dont need a haircut, prices generally start at around $25.

Does my dog have to be in a cage?
For the safty of your pet, we do not let our client dogs interract with each other. While not being bathed or groomed, each dog has a seperate kennel. Our kennels have solid floors to prevent paw injuries, and heavy-duty wire sides to provide plenty of airflow and visibility.  We also provide padded bedding to make your pet's stay even more comfortable.

My dog is aggressive towards other animals.  Will that be a problem?
No.  As stated above, we do not let client dogs interract with each other.  The only time this may be an issue is during the drop-off/pick-up process, when the dog is under your control rather than ours.  For this reason we insist that you bring your dog in on a leash, and that you supervise them closely while in our lobby.

My dog is very nervous.  Will that be a problem?
No.  While we do our best to make being groomed a pleasant and positive experience for all our clients, some dogs will just never feel confortable in a foreign environment.  For this reason we give ourselves plenty of time to take things very slow with your dog, in order to reduce the overall stress felt by your pet.

The last groomer said my dog bit her.  Will that be a problem?
It should not be an issue.  For the safty of your pet and our staff, we will muzzle any dog we believe is aggressive or unpredictable.  This is not usually necessary, but we feel it is better to be safe than sorry.

Do you ever sedate dogs?
No, never!  Aside from water, we do not administer anything for your dog to ingest. If you feel your dog might need to be sedated, we would ask that you let us try to groom your dog without sedation first.  Dogs do not understand or enjoy the feeling of sedation, and we believe that it makes for a less enjoyable grooming experience for everyone involved.  If you feel you dog must be sedated in order to be groomed, please make sure that the sedation is administered with the guidance of a veterinarian, and that you inform us ahead of time that you are bringing in a sedated dog.

Can I please stay with my dog during the grooming process?
While we understand that you wish to provide comfort and support for your dog through what might be an unfamiliar experience, we find that having extra people "behind the scenes" creates undesirable distractions for both dog and groomer.  If you feel you absolutly must remain with your dog during the grooming process, contact us and we can make special arrangments to accommodate you.  There is an additional charge for this.

My dog only needs his nails trimmed.  Do I need an appointment for that?
Yes.  In order to minimize disruptions to the grooming process we do everything by appointment only.  Generally we like to do al a carte services such as clipping nails early in the morning, or late in the afternoon, but we try to be as flexible and accommodating as possible.

Do you put bows or bandanas on the dogs?
Yes.  They are cute, and most dogs enjoy the added attention they get when sporting pretty bows or a stylish bandana.  If you do not want decorations for your dog, just let us know.

The last groomer shaved my dog.  You won't do that, will you?
The simplest answer is "not if we don't have to", but like many things, it is not always that easy.  Many times matting isn't as bad as it looks, and with the proper tools we can minimize or eliminate the need to remove large amounts of hair from your dog.  If at all possible this is the approach we take.  In some situations we are even able to brush out even severe matting in such a way that causes minimal discomfort to the dog, but this process is labor intensive and very time consuming, and we charge accordingly.  This is not always an option and is decided on a case by case basis.

Dogs that fall into the "extremely matted" catagory will almost always need to have their hair cut very short.  Often we can brush the mats out, but we will not "torture" a dog by trying to brush out months and months of matting in just a few hours.  In cases of extreme matting we feel it is best to just clip it all off and start over.

This may sound obvious, but the problem arises when clients who insist they brush their dog every day are told that the dog is badly matted.  This situation comes about due to improper brushing.  When only the top of the hair is brushed out, but not all the way down to the skin, the result is a coat that looks well maintained, but actually has a very tangled layer of hair under the surface.

Do you use dryers with heat?  I've heard those can be dangerous.
No.  All our dryers simply move room temperature air and do not have heating elements.
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