Dog grooming is an occupation which
requires artistry, scissoring technique, knowledge of health
problems and their effect on skin and coat, as well as behavioral
knowledge and skill handling animals.
Staff members have chosen to participate in advanced education in
these fields. Each staff member is a
Certified Animal Hygienist (CAH). All of our groomers are Certified
Master Groomers (CMG), Certified
Groomers (CG) or are currently pursuing these
The staff regularly attend seminars on animal health
and behavior as well as dog shows, grooming seminars and
contests - always striving for a balance between artistic vision and
Nancy Han, owner and National Certified Master Groomer, always
felt that an appropriate working place is important to peace in the soul and
necessary to the creation of art.
She had always dreamed of having a facility ideal for her work.
Her dreams finally came true in 1996 when Nancy moved into new quarters,
designed to accommodate her expanded clientele and staff.
As part of her effort to build respect for the grooming profession,
Nancy feels that
groomers need to educate their customers as to what groomers do.
She has encouraged pet owners to spend time in the shop to see what goes on.
A large plate glass window in the reception area allows customers to observe
the grooming process and how the animals are handled.
The spacious Professional Grooming area features numerous windows to provide
natural light and a feeling of airiness.
Mirrors are placed strategically so that groomers can check all angles
of a groom.
Tubs are plentiful and a large outdoor exercise area is provided for the dogs,
many of whom spend an entire day at the shop. There is room to move dogs so that
the effect of movement on the groom can be considered.
Nancy employs and supervises a full time bather, a receptionist, several groomers, as well as a
part-time groomer who specializes in hand-stripping hard-coated terriers.
She has built a cohesive team who support one another in a continuing quest for knowledge,
sharing ideas and talents.
Education & the Sharing of Knowledge
The new facility
includes space for teaching the continual flow of visiting groomers who come to
study with Nancy. Some groomers travel long distances on a weekly basis in
order to perfect their technique under Nancy’s instruction. An
excellent teacher, Nancy enjoys sharing her knowledge with her staff and students,
and stresses the importance of hands-on experience with variety of dogs.
focus on Bichon Frises, Poodles, Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers and Kerry Blue Terriers for scissoring
techniques. The Wheaten and Kerry are also useful
in learning the general terrier structure.
For hand-stripping, she uses a variety of both long legged and short legged
terriers. Lest they be forgotten, Nancy emphasizes personality grooms on mixed breed dogs
resulting in a blend
of the groomers artistic ability with the owner’s image of the dog. Her love of teaching is exhibited when she shares the excitement
of her students as they attain each new goal.
Dog's Best Friend
The Cat's Meow
525 San Pablo Avenue
Albany CA 94706