Our 5 Senses Grooming Service
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 to determine their safety (or danger) in their surroundings. Their first impression of our mobile spa is made before the grooming process even begins. They are met with the calming scent of Lavender, Sweet Marjoram, Frankincense, (citrus), infused in Bach’s Rescue Remedy Water of our Happy Dog scent! Our use of Happy Dog is justone of the many tools used to assure your dog has a positive spa experience.
Classical or Ethereal Music
Ever walk into a grooming shop or veterinary office to the sound 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 affected by auditory stimulus? There have been numerous studies in the specific area of the effects music has on dogs, all with similar results. One such study led by Deborah Wells, a psychologist at Queen’s University Belfast, shows that dogs are affected by different 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,”. We want to ensure that all senses are stimulated with the goal of providing a relaxing, positive experience for your loved on.
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 pet puppy is not only healthier and happier, 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
Our mobile spa uses as must natural lighting as possible. While our groomers must be able to see when they are working, we also understand that harsh, fluorescent lights are not the most pleasant lighting for your canine child. And with numerous windows for which to look out of, your pup will enjoy the view too!
Yummy and Healthy
Modeled after our mobile grooming service. Calm, safe, gentle, and convenient. Our Spaw focuses on your dogs 5 senses. No stress, no cages, and no other pets, ever. Perfect for elderly or sensitive dogs (aren’t they all)! We understand that a bad grooming experience can likely be overcome by re-conditioning with a positive experience. The Spaw by Homeward Bound provides a soothing environment, a large dose of kindness, and lots of patience. In many, many cases we have quite literally seen “grooming behavioral issues” vanish. Dogs who have been “sedated” for the veterinary groomer show little or no sign of discomfort or aggression with our Spaw service focused on their 5 senses.
Our Pet Groomers and Assistants are Pet CPR and First-Aid certified. Should a health emergency occur, our groomers have the necessary skills to manage an emergency until a veterinarian can be reached for further instruction.
Use of Electric Dremel
If your pup is fussy around the feet because they have had a negative experience with a prior nail trim we can often wipe away the trauma of the dreaded “nail trim” with the use of an electric dremel. It gently and slowly grinds the nail, leaving it smooth and the gentle approach is just what the pup ordered.
Proudly use the Espree product line (espree.com). Products are built around organically grown aloe-vera which is a powerful skin hydrator, soothes and heals, promotes healing and boosts immune response. We are confident in their philosophy and approach to pet care products and feel aligned with their approach to pet care. Our use of the professional, environmentally friendly, biodegradable products keeps both your pet and the earth healthy and safe.
Lines are infused with the calming scent of lavender essence oil. We know like humans, our canine children have sensitivities and allergies to chemicals. Linens are washed in environmentally friendly biodegradable laundry solution, 100% natural, formaldehyde free, petrochemical free, pH neutral laundry solution with a coconut oil based fabric softener and cleaner.
Sizing Up Your Pup!
Typical breed sizes used to determine pricing.
1 – 20 lbs – Yorkshire Terrier, Shihtzu, Toy Poodle, Maltese
21 – 30 lbs – Cocker Spaniel, Cairn Terrier, King Cavalier Spaniel
31 – 40 lbs – Brittany Spaniel, Basset Hound, Wheaten, Beagle
50 -100 lbs – Springer Spaniel, Golden Retriever, Lab, Collie, Boxer
Additional charges may apply to pets with mats, those with specialty cuts or with coats which have not been maintained.