The Furrific Difference

Did you know that aside from veterinarians and veterinary technicians (vet techs) the pet care industry in Canada is completely unregulated?

What does that mean? It means that anyone can call themselves a pet groomer, kennel operator, pet sitter, dog walker, trainer,….regardless if they have any training/experience, or not. It means there is no provincial/federal oversight into what they do or how they do it. There’s no requirement for them to have formal training/education, experience, insurance, health/safety inspections.  Would you go to a hairdresser, mechanic, doctor (insert profession here) if they had no formal training/education, experience? Not likely. So why should your beloved furry (or possibly not so furry) family member?

If a groomer tells you they went to school for grooming ask questions! How long did they go to school for? Where did they go to school? Is the school recognized by the Ministry of Education? Does it have an accredited program/course curriculum?  

As of April 2017 the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) recognized 256 unique dog breeds. Many of which come in a variety of sizes and colours. That number will only continue to grow. How long do you think it would take to learn the correct method to properly groom each of those breeds, not to mention the vast variety of mixed breeds/dog breeds not recognized by the CKC? A week, a month, a year?

Other things to think about. Is payment via cash only? Do they have another job and grooming is done part-time on the side? Do they have a devoted business line/website? Or do they have a Facebook (social media page and free gmail/hotmail/live e-mail address? If they’re willing to transport your pet do they have commercial insurance to do so? Does their workspace equipment look clean and properly maintained/serviced? Do they have insurance? What products are they using? Where is the grooming taking place? Do dogs need to be vaccinated?


The Salon

Everything about the salon is state-of-the-art

From the hydro-massage bathing system (like a Jacuzzi for dogs) to the Happy Hoodies, to protect ears and reduce stress, my goal is to pamper your dog as I do my own.

My dogs are not merely animals, they're furry family members.

Committed to keeping up-to-date with the latest methods and equipment

I regularly research training opportunities to keep up-to-date with the latest methods and equipment/tools.

Furrific is a high-end dog grooming salon, not a production line. My mantra is quality over quantity.

Services are provided by appointment only to ensure the proper individual attention is paid to each client.

I look forward to meeting you and your dog(s), servicing all of your dog grooming needs and becoming part of your Furrific family!

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About Kathryn

You know that question, what do you want to be when you grow up?

Well I always knew I loved animals, all animals; but especially dogs.

As far back as I can remember I loved being around animals. I currently own 4 very fluffy dogs and a small parrot. I also used to breed Shetland Sheepdogs (Shelties).

Many moons ago, when I was contemplating what I wanted to be when I grew up, I thought about being a pet groomer. I searched and searched, trying to find someplace to learn. I found people who were willing to teach me/take me on as an apprentice; but I couldn't find an accredited school/pet grooming program.

So I went to school for something else entirely and spent several years working in the private sector – financial industry.

My Training

Then in 2012 I found and attended two accredited learning facilities (Algonquin College and Pets Beautiful Inc.) for a period of 2 years where I was taught pet grooming by not one, but two Certified Master Groomers – one of which was a member of Groom Team Canada!

I learned so much – all of the various dog breeds and groups; canine anatomy; canine psychology; the various fur growth stages and life cycle; pre-bathing preparation; bathing and drying; finishing; client intake; and grooming to breed standard as well as grooming mixed breeds.

During this time I also attended a pet first aid course which was facilitated at an accredited learning facility (Algonquin College) by a registered veterinary technologist and pet groomer.

During this same time period my amazingly supportive family and I sold our home in Western Quebec and built a new home in Kemptville/North Grenville — in an effort to assist me with realizing my dream of opening my own high-end dog grooming salon. We searched long and hard for just the right place to set-up new roots and we found everything that we were looking for in Kemptville/North Grenville.