Our Mission

The Homeward Bound team is committed to the mental, physical and emotional well-being of the pets under our care and to delivering exceptional pet care and client service. We will ensure a safe and secure environment, treat every animal with respect and kindnesses and maintain client privacy, security and confidentiality.

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The 5 Senses Approach

Our 5 Senses Spaw Service is a whole body approach to dog grooming. Built around the natural cycle of the hair and skin, and an awareness of activating their senses; smell, sound, sight, touch and the all powerful taste, we are focused on the complete pup from the tip of their nose to the tip of their tail and toes.

Aromatherapy, Scent memory, and the positive grooming experience

A dog’s sense of smell is 1000 (or more!) times greater than that of humans. Keeping that in mind, imagine the stress your pup must feel being groomed in the veterinary or kennel environment. The smell of sick, stressed or frightened animals does not make for a positive grooming experience.

Homeward Bound, Inc. uses a proprietary formulation of the Happy Dog calming oil diffused in the salon. This blend was created by Dr. Ann Farrell, of The Healing Arts. We understand that scent and scent memory contains the strongest data on which dogs depend on to determine their safety (or danger) in their surroundings. Their first impression in the Spaw is made before the grooming process even begins. They are met with the calming scents of Lavender, Sweet Marjoram, Frankincense, (citrus), infused with Bach’s Rescue Remedy Water in our Happy Dog scent! Our use of Happy Dog is  just one of the many tools used to ensure your dog has a positive Spaw day experience.

Classical or Ethereal Music

Ever walk into a grooming shop or veterinary office met with the sounds of the local rock station playing on the radio? Did you know that much like humans, a dog’s mood, sense of calmness and well-being is directly impacted by auditory stimulus? There have been numerous studies concerning the affect music has on a dogs mood and temperament all with similar results.  One such study led by Deborah Wells, a psychologist at Queen’s University Belfast, showed dogs are impacted by varying  genres of music. “Our own research has shown that dogs certainly behave differently in response to different types of music, e.g., showing behaviors more suggestive of relaxation in response to classical music and behaviors more suggestive of agitation in response to heavy metal music,”.

Ethereal music is played in the Spaw with the goal of providing a relaxing, positive experience for your loved one.

Gentle and Caring

Most dogs enjoy being touched, massaged and pet. Studies show that a lovingly handled dog is a healthier dog. The touch of the human hand improves the functions of virtually all the sustaining systems: respiratory, circulatory, digestive and so on. The same benefits have been proven for humans as well! In new born puppies, a frequently touched puppy is not only happier and healthier, but also better behaved. Dogs like humans, find comfort in touching another living being, which is one reason we get along so well!

Soft and Natural

We uses as must natural and low lighting as possible in the Spaw. While our groomers must be able to see when they are working, we also understand that harsh, fluorescent lights are not pleasant for your canine child. And our large front windows allow your pup to enjoy the view of the Spaw Pad too!

Yummy and Healthy

Finally, the good stuff! Now that we have stimulated and satisfied all of their senses, we will “set” that positive experience by finishing their service with a yummy treat! (Only healthy and grain free of course)

All Spaw service levels include

Double conditioning treatment
Bath w/massaging bath brush
Doggone Clean! shampoo service
Tooth brushing, foam or spray treatment
Neaten paws, pads & feet
Neaten, card & clean eyes

Blueberry facial scrub
Ear cleaning
Hand dry & brush out
Anal gland expression
Nail trim w/dremel
Sanitary cleaning

Condition paw pads
No-nonsense essential oil spray (Our Signature Scent!)
Hair bow or scarf
Healthy treat!

A full body haircut, overall coat maintenance, undercoat removal, scissor trimming or general shape up.

Starting at $65

Example of Breeds: Bichon Frise, Yorkie, Maltese, Havanese, Golden Retriever, Cavalier King Charles, Papillon, Shih Tzu, Border Collie, Cocker Spaniel, Springer Spaniel

Additional fees may apply for dogs with mats, those with specialty cuts or with coats which have not been regularly maintained.

For the frequently groomed pup in those in-between times. Scissor-trim face, feet and fanny only!

Starting at $50

Additional fees may apply for dogs with mats, those with specialty cuts or with coats which have not been regularly maintained.

When they don’t need a haircut at all!

Starting at $40

Examples of Breeds: Beagle, Boxer, Mini Pin, Jack Russell, Pug, Labrador Retriever, Boxer

Additional fees may apply for dogs with mats, those with specialty cuts or with coats which have not been regularly maintained.

Puppy’s First Grooming! For puppies under 16 weeks. Start them off right with this gentle, fun introduction to The Spaw! The perfect “cut” is not the goal; it’s an introduction to the sights, smells, sounds, feel and taste of The Spaw. An exercise in trust building! After all, they’re already perfect! 45 minute service


Additional fees may apply for dogs with mats, those with specialty cuts or with coats which have not been regularly maintained.

This Spaw treatment service is tailored for the geriatric pup. With patience and tender-loving care, your senior pup is treated to a stress free, therapeutic oxygen-ion whirlpool bubble bath infused with relaxing lavender oil. This treatment will sooth and rejuvenate your senior pups aching muscles and joints. Spaw treatment products customized to their specific coat and skin care needs.


Spaw Treatment Offerings

Basic shampoo service. Aloe Vera, Panthenol, Jojoba and Vitamins A,D,E shampoo removes dirt and oil. Paired with Luxury Moisturizer leaves them fresh and clean!

Deep cleansing whitening formula w/optical brighteners to restore and enhance white coats and markings. Paired w/Plum Perfect Crème Rinse for optimal whitening, body, shine and a fresh scent!

Silky Show Shampoo w/Safflower Oil and Silk Proteins cleans, conditions and provides shine keeping their locks smooth and tangle free. Finished w/luxury Aloe Silk Hair Restore leaving the hair full of volume and shine.

Nose to tail renewal! Oatmeal Baking Soda Facial Cleanser, followed by Baking Soda Shampoo removes impurities, odor and exfoliates. Paired w/Dead Sea Mineral Mud Bath treatment, your pup is lathered and wrapped in a warm towel for deep permeation.  Re-hydrates, rebuilds and leaves them fresh and renewed!
5 min. contact time.

Basic Spaw shampoo service Doggone Clean, followed by a second shampoo bath with a highly concentrated shampoo paste designed to remove excessive oil, dirt, grease from coats. Aloe enriched, this superior cleaning formula will de-grease without stripping the coat.

The undercoat and skin have a natural life cycle. Each follicle has approx. 14 undercoat hairs which die every 21-28 days then shedding occurs. This multi-step de-shed/undercoat removal process combined with our Simple Shed Shampoo and Simple Shed Treatment loosens hair and dander, leaves the coat silky and smooth, and leaves undercoat behind.
Recommended every 3-4 weeks for a shed free pup

Organic Aloe and Oat protein shampoo provides soothing relief to sensitive, dry skin. Paired w/Pure Bee’s Honey and wholesome Oat conditioning treatment adds body, shine and eliminate tangles. It’s like comfort food for the fur!

5 min. contact time

Medicated therapy shampoo for fungal and bacterial infections, seborrhea, dandruff, dermatitis, and dry skin. This broad spectrum, veterinary strength combination of 4% Chlorohexidine and Miconazole shampoo is free from dyes and fragrances. Client may elect to use veterinary prescribed shampoo.  10 min. contact time.

For Chronic Itching: Formulated for itchy, irritated skin Tea Tree & Aloe Medicated Shampoo is the perfect solution for ailments such as: dermatitis, fungus, bacteria, hot spots and dry skin. Paired w/ the hydration properties of aloe and coconut this is a winning combination.
For Occasional Itching: Therapeutic Remedy w/Coal Tar & Bio Sulfur cleans & soothes minor skin irritations while promoting skin repair. Paired w/soothing aloe and coconut Luxury Moisturizer to help to heal irritated skin and impede fungal growth.

3 step flea & tick treatment. Capstar is administered to kill live fleas within 30 min. A natural eucalyptus and cedar wood shampoo brings dull coats to life and kills nasty buggers. Finally, a pyrethrum based spray protectant is applied and will continue to work for up to 2 weeks. This triple combo kills fleas and ticks and won’t harm your pup. Pesticides are not used.


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The Spaw by Homeward Bound

426 S. Lamar Blvd, Oxford, MS 38655
662.234.1097, line 2


by Appointment Only
Tuesday – Friday
9 AM – 5:30 PM
9 AM – 3 PM