We feel that the Holistic approach is the only way to go. All aspects of HoliDog Inn Room and Groom will be run with that in mind. It is all about the dog and the experience they get.
We love each and every dog we work with, just as if they were our own family member. We treat our own dogs as if they were our children, and your dogs deserves the same. If they aren’t happy and having a good time, then we aren’t happy!
Meet the Owners,
Clifford and Stephanie, though are not native Shawnee folks got here as quick as they could. They have been involved with dogs in one way or another for almost 25 years. They have owned their own breeding kennel from which they showed their dogs in the conformation ring, have competed in obedience, taught competition style obedience including to the local 4-H chapter. Stephanie has been grooming for as many years.
After they decided to leave the competition world behind, Stephanie began grooming for the general public. She brings with her years of show grooming experience, which gives her a bit of a different perspective than to groomers fresh out of grooming school. Stephanie believes very strongly that the bottom line is, it’s all about the dog. Stephanie is Shawnee’s 1st holistic groomer. She is dedicated in her style of grooming even though she cannot do as many dogs in a day as some other shops do. This allows her to have hands on from beginning to end with each and every one of her 4 legged clients. She receives the dogs personally and delivers them personally to their owners. She expects the same out of all her groomers. There are minimal dogs in the grooming salon because the schedule is designed for the groomers to begin on your dog at it’s scheduled appointment time. This eliminates almost all required crate time. Crates are used in the grooming salon for safety reasons only, NOT for drying! Every effort is made to call the owner so that they arrive around the same time the groom is complete, again eliminating further crate time. Dogs are not allowed to walk around in the grooming salon because it creates a stressful environment for the dog on the table, because they can’t get down and run around as well. Holistic grooming is all about the experience the dog has while being groomed. Negative attitudes and rough handling of a dog is simply not tolerated!
If a groomer has a bad attitude, they are going to get bad attitude right back from the dog, its common sense really. Stephanie will tell you up front, they may not be perfectly straight on their first groom if they have ever been hurt during a grooming, but they will leave happy. Forcing a perfect haircut, is just not worth it. Once they begin to realize that when they come to her or her groomers, that they are not going to be harmed….its like a little miracle happens….they begin to like being pampered!
Clifford and Stephanie both share a deep passion for dogs. They have a Toy Poodle named Gucci and a Miniature Schnauzer named Coach, that have taken over as their children. They believe that dogs much like children would much prefer to be with others and allowed to run and play through out the day when ever possible. They believe that when owners have to leave them to go out of town that they should be pampered just as if they were still at home. This is how they came to combine Stephanie’s love for dogs and grooming into an all in one boutique style establishment for grooming, boarding and daycare.