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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
Fax: (434) 293-8231
504 Pantops Center
Charlottesville, VA 22911

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Comfort Tip

Thursday, August 14th, 2008 by Mike Cronk

If you would like to ease the anxiety your pet may feel during a visit, bring in a towel that has been in their bed for a few nights for them to lie on while here. The familiar smells will comfort them so their stay is a more relaxing experience. Highly recommended for smaller breeds—like Shih Tzus, Yorkies, and Poodles. Be aware though, that some dogs are chewers or pee-ers (especially when nervous) and we are not responsible for how well your dog takes care of the fabric!

Some Fun Statistics

Friday, August 10th, 2007 by Jenna

Archived from “The Paw Report:” Issue #14, August

These statistics are valid as of 8/10/07.

We have 1304 active customers.
576 of them live in Charlottesville—we get quite a lot of out-of-towners!

434 of our dogs get the shortest haircut—about a quarter of an inch all over.
39 of them have had a hand-scissored puppy cut—one of our most difficult grooms.
85 of our dogs have gotten a flea bath and 117 need hypoallergenic shampoo.

AKC’s top 10 dog breeds are below.
Compare that to our top 10 breeds to
the right.

1. Labrador Retriever
2. Yorkshire Terrier
3. German Shepherd
4. Golden Retriever
5. Beagle
6. Dachshund
7. Boxer
8. Poodle
9. Shih Tzu
10. Miniature Schnauzer

The chart below compares the most common names of our customers with the most common names from a Pet Tag company which serves thousands of dogs. Casey, Maggie, Charlie, and Lucy tied for our 10th place spot. We have 12 of each.

Our top name and their top name is Max. We have 23 dogs named Max and one named Maxine. Other top names include Bear (we have 7 for Bear and 2 for Bearly) and variations on Sam (5 for Sam, 5 for Samantha, and 9 for Sammy). We also have one Summer, one Sundance, two Sunnys, one Sunshine, and one Soliel!

Click here for a chart of dog names.

Video of our Brush-out process

Tuesday, June 5th, 2007 by Mike Cronk

Below is a video of our brush-out process.

For a detailed article on a brush-out, click here

Video of a Matted Dog Being Shaved

Tuesday, June 5th, 2007 by Mike Cronk

Detailed Information about Matting

The Bathing Process

Tuesday, June 5th, 2007 by Mike Cronk

Below is a video of our bathing process.

For detailed information about the bath process, click here

Who is Doing the Research?

Tuesday, April 17th, 2007 by Mike Cronk

Archived from “The Paw Report:”  Issue #10, April

If you follow politics or advertising, you know that it is possible to find backing for any opinion you want—just design the question then test or experiment in such a way that you get the results you want.  In researching different topics for my own knowledge as well as sharing in the newsletter, I have to be very careful of my sources.  When writing about nutrition, I don’t value a study conducted by the Purina dog food company nearly as much as that of an independent source that doesn’t have financial ties to the outcome.  A veterinary association or the government department of health are sources I would consider more reliable.  That’s not to say that I don’t read the findings of the Purina research, I just make sure I look at other resources to see how it all adds up.  The more varied the sources are, the more likely you are to get an accurate picture.  So when you need articles about pet care, be sure to see who is doing the research and what the organization’s stakes are in the outcome of that research. 

Case in point—we have a host of scientists telling us global warming has been influenced by our behavior, yet there are also climatologists out there that think it is a natural cycle and they have graduate degrees in their field as well.  The issue has become political—it is divided along party lines with Democrats often believing in human-influenced global warming and Republicans believing in natural climate change.  Who is doing what research, what are the financial stakes and what does politics have to do with science?

Central Articles

Tuesday, April 10th, 2007 by Mike Cronk

A Career as a Dog Groomer

 Can I Watch?

Continuing Education

Dodger’s Daring Rescue

Grooming is a Great Experience – For All of Us!

How Long do I have to Leave my Pet?

The Time it Takes and Why

Who is Doing the Research?


How long do I have to leave my pet?

Monday, April 9th, 2007 by Jenna

We recommend 3-4 hours, at least three, and for larger dogs with thicker coats we definitely need 4—so it all depends on the dog!  Some dogs are small but have a lot of hair that can add time to brushing and drying while Brownie our Mastiff friend may be large but her coat is so easy to clean that it takes us less time to do her than to do a smaller dog.

Some dogs dislike certain aspects of grooming too so we like to make certain that we have the time to work slowly and carefully with them.  If you ever need an early pickup we recommend calling to reserve your spot in advance and ensuring that you arrive as close to when we open that day as possible so that we can get started immediately on your dog.
We may take longer than other grooming shops because we prefer to give dogs breaks between parts of grooming and we also like being on time so we give ourselves breathing room in case anything unexpected comes up—and it usually does!


Grooming is a Great Experience – For all of Us

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007 by Mike Cronk

We have been discussing the senses of dogs in previous issues, but what about our senses in relation to dogs?  Grooming provides a positive stimulation of many of our senses—sight, hearing, touch.  Most of our customers react very positively when they pick up their dog(s)—and they should!  After all, the dogs look good, smell good, and feel soft and silky to the touch.  Some dogs will bark or squeal their excitement as well.  After all that, how can you not reach out to pet that smiling doggy face?  I know that after Lizzie gets a bath and brush, I can’t help but give her extra petting and bury my nose in that soft, clean-smelling fur. 
Yes, it lowers my blood pressure and really helps you understand the benefits offered by therapy dogs.  This use of so many senses produces a strong positive exchange which reinforces the bond between owner and dog.  A freshly groomed dog gets a little extra love and this is an experience that we appreciate being able to be a part of.  Every day, we get to make dogs more comfortable, beautiful, and endearing to their owners.  Nothing beats the happy smiles on canine and human faces when they are pleased with a groom. 

We’d like to thank you for being part of that experience!

Archived from “The Paw Report:”  Issue #9, March.

The Time it Takes and Why

Tuesday, February 20th, 2007 by Mike Cronk

We need about 3+ hours to groom the average dog. Of course a Chihuahua or a beagle bath is certainly the exception, but for most of our pets the brush out, clipping, and bath takes time. If we were to work straight through on a dog it would take us an average of two hours, but it is more efficient for us (and less stressful for the dogs, especially the geriatric) to work in four phases.

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