The Fayette County Chamber of Commerce helped officially open a new business, The Good Dog Groomery, located at 222 E. Court St. in Washington C.H.
Owner Jackie Roberts has been grooming dogs since last December, but just recently purchased and renovated the downtown location for her business. The venture initially started in 2010 when Jackie, then a full-time business banker in Columbus, began a home pet sitting service on the side. It gave her the chance to learn more about the pet industry and fill the needs of dog owners who did not wish to leave their “fur babies” in a kennel.
Roberts said, “We nearly didn’t go to New Mexico to see our son who is serving in the Air Force because I couldn’t find anyone I trusted to come stay with our dogs in our home…this gave me a hands on education on how to start up a new business from scratch.”
Roberts is a graduate of the Central Ohio Dog Grooming Academy in Columbus. The 500-hour course covered everything from anatomy, best practices in safety and security, and breed standards. Upon completing 250 hours in the Groomers Assistant program, Roberts then advanced to the certified groomer level. “I expect a high level of service for my boys (dogs) and I want to offer that same level to our new clients,” said Roberts.
Enter the Good Dog Groomery and you will quickly see, it is not your every day dog grooming salon. “I’ve done my very best to create an environment, an ambience, with the look and feel of an upscale spa to serve the needs of pet parents and help them feel at ease about leaving their babies in my care. At the very root of this new business is a relationship – first with the pet parents, and then with their babies,” said Roberts, “It’s not just pet grooming.”
The salon boasts all natural products in their baths, mud baths, facials and ear cleaning. Roberts wants the public to know she is well suited to serve the needs of large breeds as well as senior dogs. Electric lift tables and a lift bath allow senior dogs to easily step in place and not be scared or nervous.
The Fayette County Chamber encourages everyone to stop in to see the Good Dog Groomery or call 740-606-0009 with questions or to schedule an appointment for your pet. “I love, love, love what I do and plan to offer that same love, attention and service to all of our new clients when they step into the Good Dog Groomery.”