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Hartford Dog Groomers

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  • 26 years in business
  • 325 hires on Thumbtack
Greg D.
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Cathy did an excellent job washing and grooming my dog Ruby. She is a seven year old golden retriever and her thick mats were all taken care via Cathy's patented puppy cut! She came right to my house and Ruby couldn't have been treated more kindly and comprehensively. When my wife came home she was pleasantly surprised at how much cuter Ruby looks. I will definitely call Cathy again for Ruby 's next grooming!

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  • 3 years in business
  • 142 hires on Thumbtack
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Eileen M.
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Laura promptly responded to my inquiry, and was very knowledgeable as well as compassionate about dogs. She came to my house, spent a good deal of time grooming our dog and our dog looks beautiful! I highly recommend her and will use her again!

  • 23 years in business
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
Laurie S.
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Meghan--Thank you so much for all of the pet sitting and training. Georgie is a new dog, and we are better pet parents! You are fantastic, and we are so grateful. We look forward to having you back soon.

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Kims Pet Care Service
from 12 reviews
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
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Pia B.
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Kim was wonderful, she took great care of my dog-ter and treated her like the diva she is.

Canine Cadre LLC
from 10 reviews
  • 41 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Sue G.
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Lenny and Mary Ellen are the best of the best. One of my rescue dogs I adopted was abused and had severe separation anxiety. When talking to people about what was happening with the separation anxiety (totally destroying the house) I was told by most people to put him down. I refused and made it my mission to save this beautiful boy. I remember being so impressed with Lenny from 10 years previous at puppy kindergarten and I contacted him and his wife Mary Ellen put a program together for me to work with my beloved Buddy. Within a short time, by following the program Mary Ellen set up with me - Buddy overcame his issues and turned out to be one of the best dogs I ever owned. Also - Mary Ellen's grooming and pet sitting service is exceptional. I wouldn't trust my dogs to anyone else but Lenny and Mary Ellen especially due to their exceptional years of experience. As their motto goes - The Dog Comes First - that is the case with Canine Cadre!

  • 56 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Gemini F.
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I was tired of my dog Nancy' behavior. I know she had all those behaviour problem because we all family members have been pampering her since we had her. We love her a lot but there is always a limit how long you can bear someone. She was totally out of control and we were warned to vacant the apartment because of her unnecessary barking, scratching and impulsiveness. We were totally hopeless when we contacted Nikhil and told him our problems. Nikhil hear us very patiantly and said dont worry. I will help Nancy to be a good pet. Honestly, I am surprised how someone can change a dog's behavior in just fifteen days just by instructing it some commands and actions. He made our life easy. We highly recommend nikhil for dog training.

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  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
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Bernadette B.
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Maria was on time, pleasant and polite. My dog is 13 yrs.old. She is blind and almost completely deaf. Maria treated my dog gently and was sensitive to her issues. I asked her to use the shampoo my Vet. recommended and Maria complied. I will use her services again in the future.

The Mobile Pet Spa LLC
from 6 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Shelley H.
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Kim Thomas, owner and groomer of the Mobile Pet Spa, does an outstanding job on my two Persians. I would highly recommend her to any one who is interested in having their cat professionally groomed. I also enjoy the convenience of a mobile service, and my cats like not having to ride in the car to get groomer. The van is state-of-the-art iand provides a relaxing, safe environment and wonderful spa experience. I like the fact that Kim is a nationally certified feline groomer. I would highly recommend Kim to anyone interested in having their cat groomed.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jennifer S.
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I was thoroughly impressed with In the Neighborhood. They kept me in the loop on a daily basis with pictures and videos. They took care of Rico like he was their own and even taught him a new trick! I will100% would use this company again.


I will walk, feed and water your pets. I will take the time to play with them also. I will treat them just like they were my own.


I'll walk anyone's dog for a cheap and affordable price, no matter the size. I've been in dog shows since I was 12 years old, so I'm experienced with dogs of all shapes and sizes.


Don't stress out the pooch; we'll visit, feed, brush, and walk your beloved pet while you're away. Will you be gone away for a day, a weekend, a week? Don't worry! Have fun. Called out of town on business? Don't worry! Call us and leave the caring for your pet in our tender hands.


I am a dog lover and a dog owner. I am also a college student at Central Connecticut State University looking for work. I am reliable, friendly and trustworthy.


I walk your dog, and your dog walks me! We walk each other! I love dogs and walking! What more can I say? Good walking!


I will do any job you offer me. I don't care. I am new, and I'll use my job for taking care of myself, and I could save some money to send home.


I am a friendly dog sitter and walker, and I will also provide training if interested. I love God, and I'm very trustworthy with your loved one.


We offer exceptional attention to all your pet's needs. We offer pet sitting in your home for your dogs, cats, small animals and farm animals. We offer feeding, watering, bathing, training, walking and just a happy time together. We have over 20 years of experience. We are a former owner of a boarding, training, and grooming facility. We can handle medicating, geriatric patients and those recovering from surgery. We offer special love and attention to all pets.


I've had animals all my life. I enjoy caring for and being with your pets. My customers have peace of mind, knowing that their pets are in good hands and being well cared for. I treat your pets as if they were my own.


I love dogs, and I love to walk. I like to stay close to home. I could bring the dog to the vet and would work on dog commands.


I walk your best friend while you're at work or tied up with life's busy schedule. I love dogs and have been a dog owner for 40 years.


I have been around dogs my whole life as of right now I have five of my own three little ones that have been with me for 16 and fifteen years I have the mother and I had to help her deliver her babies which two of whom I kept. and then two that I adopted from a rescue they are my world.each and every one.

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What is included in a dog grooming?

Dog grooming is so much more than giving your dog a bath. Dog grooming is a broad term that covers all aspects of canine cleanliness and hygiene. The services included in dog grooming will vary based on your needs and what you choose to pay. Unless they are rolling in cowpies or playing in mud puddles, most dogs are okay getting a shampoo bath only as needed. You’ll know when they need it if they smell bad or are bringing dirt into the house. Some dogs, like shepherds and shih tzus, have thick coats that can get matted and tangled without regular care. Pro dog groomers can deftly blow dry a dog’s hair after a bath so that it is shiny and smooth. Dog grooming can include brushing that detangles dog hair and also thins the undercoat to minimize shedding.

Dog grooming also includes hygiene services such as toothbrushing and ear cleaning. Clean teeth are important to the health of your dog, and the pros have the patience and proper technique to get it done. Regular dog grooming can stave off tear stains, those reddish stains below your dog’s eyes. Anal gland expression is something not many people want to do on their own, even if they love their dog. A dog groomer can safely and efficiently release any blocked anal gland fluid. Other dog grooming services include nail trimming and clipping. Nationally, dog grooming prices range from $60 to $80. Most dog groomers offer discounts to customers who purchase monthly packages or bundle multiple grooming services at one time.

What is a dog groomer?

A dog groomer is a service professional who provides dog grooming and basic hygiene care for your dog. Dog groomers are typically animal lovers who are competent and comfortable working with a wide range of dog breeds and temperaments. Dog groomers are knowledgeable about the care needs for different kinds of dog coats. A poodle will have different haircut needs than a shih tzu, for example, so it pays to have a trained pro provide the proper cut. Good dog groomers know how to safely clean your dog’s teeth, bathe your dog, and cut their nails without going too short. They understand how to trim the hair from around your dog’s face, express anal glands, and clean your dog’s ears. Many people who choose dog grooming as a profession also pursue other dog services such as attending veterinary school, running a doggy day care center, working as a professional dog walker, and more.

What is a dog groomer?

Keep your family dogs happy, healthy and clean with regular dog grooming. A dog groomer is a business owner or employee of a dog grooming business who specializes in dog hygiene and grooming. To find a reputable dog groomer, research reviews, ask for references and confirm that the groomer has good standing in the dog grooming community.

A dog groomer should be comfortable and competent working with dogs of all breeds and temperaments. Typically a groomer will have trained with other groomers and taken educational courses to keep abreast of the latest safety information and techniques. There are brick-and-mortar dog grooming businesses, as well as mobile dog groomers who bring all their equipment and provide their services at your home or location. In some cases, brick-and-mortar businesses will also pick up and return your dog for an additional fee.

What vaccines do dogs need to be groomed?

It’s important to make sure your dog is up to date on its vaccines before taking it to a groomer. Vaccinations keep your dog and the other dogs that use the establishment healthy. Viruses can linger long after a dog is gone, so an unvaccinated dog can infect a number of other dogs days or even months after their visit. Find out about your dog groomer’s vaccination policies, and think carefully about receiving services from a company that does not require vaccinations. Here are the main vaccinations that are generally required for dog grooming:

  • Parvovirus: Parvo is a nasty virus that can kill dogs within 48-72 hours of infection. The virus is incredibly persistent and, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association, is resistant to heat, cold, humidity and drying. It’s spread by dog-to-dog contact or contact with contaminated feces, environments (food and water bowls, collars and leashes, etc.,) or people.
  • Adenovirus 2: Dogs receive this vaccination to protect against canine infectious hepatitis. The vaccination can also helps prevent canine cough.
  • Canine distemper virus: Distemper has no known cure and can cause serious pain, illness, and even death, although recovery is possible with medical intervention.  
  • Rabies: This disease attacks the central nervous system and — when untreated — will
  • lead to death. The CDC recommends euthanizing an unvaccinated animal that has been exposed to rabies, although six-month isolation followed by vaccination is also permissible.
  • Para-influenza: Canine para-influenza leads to kennel cough and an unhappy dog.

How much does it cost to groom a dog?

Dog grooming costs depend on the service your pet requires. Nationally, the average price for dog grooming ranges from $40 to $100, varying by location. Not surprisingly, dog grooming on New York’s Upper East Side costs nearly double what it costs in a small town in Montana. Dog groomers typically handle every aspect of your dog’s beauty and hygiene, from tooth brushing to hairstyling. One potential way to save is to have your dog groomed at your doggy daycare — sometimes they offer discounts on dog grooming prices for clients. Here are some examples of average dog grooming costs in the San Francisco Bay Area. Please note these prices would include transportation fees for picking up and dropping off your dog to your home:

  • Nails: $30 a la carte or $20 when bundled with another service
  • Toothbrushing: $30 a la carte or $20 when bundled with another service
  • Tooth scraping (removal of plaque from teeth to prevent infection), with anesthesia: $600
  • Tooth scraping, without anesthesia: $400.
  • Wash and dry: $60
  • Ears: $30 a la carte or $20 when bundled with another service
  • Grooming package: $130 — includes wash, nails, teeth, ears, gland expression and haircut
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