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Pantops Pet Salon & Spa
Charlottesville's Professional Dog Grooming

It's what we do -- it's all we do.

(434) 293-2424
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504 Pantops Center
Charlottesville, VA 22911

Archive for September, 2014

Retail Supplies

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 by Jenna

     We have for sale a complete assortment of the grooming tools and shampoos that we use in the salon. The brushes and thinning tools used in our Brushout video are available….view the video for a demonstration of their use. A description of the shampoos that we use can be found in a separate article found in this section ( Our Shampoo Selection ). In addition we carry our cologne, some dental care products and a basic assortment of collars and leashes.

Factors that Determine Cost

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 by Mike Cronk

As of 08/21/14 I need to make a minimum of $45.00 an hour per groomer to operate the business.  The profit after labor, rent, utilities, etc is not enough for me to be employed solely as an owner—I have to groom as well.  Not as much as when the kids were at home, but I can’t sit and just supervise—yet.

Our top groomer salary is $17 an hour—add benefits, medicare and vacation to that and I need to budget $23 an hour.  Labor for our industry should be around 50% of cost—that’s where the $45 an hour comes from—the remaining $ 22.00 per hour goes to rent, utilities, insurance, supplies, equipment, etc

Our groomers can do 5-6 dogs a piece per day by themselves and that’s it.  They can’t do more and maintain quality.  I can increase that production by hiring a bather-dryer and I do.  When she is employed, the groomers can do between 6 and 7 dogs (but then I have an extra salary to meet).

So, the first consideration in determining the cost of a haircut is the per hour fee.  The second consideration is the skill required—full coated dogs that are scissored by hand require much more skill than a clipper cut.  Take a Bichon Frise for example.  A scissor cut between 1.5 and 2 inches costs $68 and that’s if there are no tangles.  A clipper cut to ½ an inch is $58 and takes almost a half  hour less time.  If you bring in a Collie and it takes 2  hours to brush, bathe, and dry him, expect a charge of $90.  Add trimming of the feet, tail, and feathers—it’ll be closer to $100.

A third consideration is the density of the coat (whether it is matted or packed with undercoat).  Dogs that come in once a year to be clipped short for the summer cost more than those dogs who get the same clip but come in every 6-8 weeks.  For example, a 6-8 week short cut on a cocker is $58.  It will be more like $62 if the Cocker has a full coat.

Another very important cost factor is pet behavior.  Puppies and seniors generally require more time and patience, thus cost more.  Some customers expect that since their puppy is smaller that it will cost less, but it usually takes as much time or more to get them acclimated to the grooming process.

So, there you have it—time, skill, condition and behavior are factors considered in price.  Clients can get the best value for their buck by keeping the coat in a matt-free condition to reduce the labor charge.  Our posted price is based on a good condition—if we have to brush your dog an extra 15 minutes, expect a corresponding increase in your bill.

This is one of the best bargains going when I consider costs per hour of other service industries—called a plumber lately?

The Golden Doodle

Thursday, September 11th, 2014 by Mike Cronk

The Golden Doodle was bred in the early 1990’s in an attempt to develop a guide dog for visually impaired individuals with allergies. The Doodle is considered to shed less than most breeds and hence can cause less allergies.

The Golden Doodles I have encounter have certainly received and displayed the wonderful disposition and temperament of the golden retriever. For owners who want an excellent companion that is friendly with other people and dogs, and like to walk a mile or so daily, the Golden Doodle is a great.


The Golden Doodle may not shed much, and that can be desirable, but it leads to a considerable amount of grooming. Brushing is required at a minimum of once a week. There are two types of coats most dog breeds have in varying degrees; a primary coat which is coarse and fairly straight, and an undercoat with the texture of cotton. Unfortunately, the Golden Doodle’s coat is primarily undercoat and highly prone to matting. In order to prevent such matting, frequent grooming is a must.

We have developed a grooming style for the Doodle, which we consider our style. The body of the Doodle is clipped to a length which may vary from 1/4 to 1/2 inches – the decision is yours. The legs are scissored into cylinders and the paws are rounded. The tail can have some length scissored off if it is fairly long. The ears are left long and slightly trimmed. The beard is trimmed to length as required. The cheeks are the same length as the body and the top knot is scissored round and blended into the ears. Because of the density of the coat, we recommend a bath and brush every three to four weeks and a full grooming every six to eight weeks.


Standard Groom

Golden Doodle


Short Clip, All Over

Golden Doodle