Can I be in the mobile grooming van with my pet?*
This is the most asked question. YES, YES and YES! There are certain situations that I insist that the owner be present. Sometimes the pets can act worse, just as a human child when the parents are present. Sometimes they behave better. The only time I would request an owner NOT be in the van is if the pet continues to try and crawl in the owners lap or arms. The pets safety is first and foremost and if you have a flying animal and 14 inch scissors, that can be problematic. Of course if the owner nags their pet or myself I will also ask them to leave. (Please see Mobile Pet Grooming Policies section.)
Can my kids, (human) be in the van?
NO, unless they are over 18 years of age. Due to the fact that there are so many dangerous items in the van, the insurance company would more than likely cancel my policy if they found out some small tike was playing with scissors when my back was turned. Also, unlike adults, as soon as a pet sees their little buddy, there is no way to control that pets behavior, possibly putting them and the child at risk. They are more than welcome to peek in the van before or after your pet is finished.
Do you reuse the water? WHAT THE?
This is my favourite question and a client came up with what I think is a great answer. Sure I reuse dirty bath water, I just make sure I groom all the white/light coloured animals first and make sure I end the day with the brown/black animals.
Why do other mobile companies do things differently?
That is a question you need to ask them. With two businesses and Curbside Clippers having over 350 clients, I am happy that I can manage to find my way home at the end of a long day.
What are your hours?
I do not have set hours other than I start at 8:00 a.m. My hours are based on the amount of pets per day and however long that takes is what my hours are. Since I usually do 10-13 per day, they are long days.
What are your costs?
There is no way to set a standard price for each breed. Each pet is maintained differently by each owner and the frequency of grooming varies. Generally, prices are structured by type of pet, behavior, size and hair style requested. There is always an additional charge for medicated shampoos and extremely detailed hair styles.
Can I schedule appointments in advance?
You bet! I book six months in advance broken up into bi-yearly segments. They are January – June and then July – December.
How long does it take?
This depends on the type of pet and how many. For example, the average size Schnauzer in a regular AKC clip takes approximately 35-40 minutes from start to finish.. Most people cannot understand this. They are accustomed to dropping their pet off early in the morning and picking them up hours later. With mobile grooming, you are only working on one pet at a time, not a production line. Nor do they have to sit in cages waiting their turn.
My pets do not like to be apart, can they be done together?
Absolutely! and I prefer that. One reason is that it takes less time to do them both together as opposed to one at a time. Secondly, misery loves company so they can commiserate together about losing the smell and dirt they worked so hard to acquire.