Bernicks Barking BathHouse


How often should I get my dog groomed?

Professional grooming should be done every 4 to 8 weeks depending on the breed and type of coat. It is also a good idea to set your dog up on a grooming schedule. Regular grooming creates a bond between the dog and groomer and your dog will start to consider the groomer as extended family.

Do I need an appointment? 

Yes, it is best to schedule an appointment so the time can be taken to properly groom your pet. 

What forms of payment do you accept?

Currently, only accepting check and cash. Checks to be made payable to Bernicks Barking BathHouse.

Do you offer any discounts? 

For every referral you send, you receive 5% off. If you send 5 referrals, that would be 25%.

How long does the grooming process take? 

Just know, a professional job takes time, and depending on the size of the dog, condition of the coat, and style of the cut I should be able to give you an estimate as to when your dog will be done. But, because dogs are animals and they do not always corporate, I will give you a call when your pet is finished and ready to go home.

What products do you use? 

I have several natural shampoos and conditioners available to tend to your dogs coat and skin care needs. I also have a medicated and mud treatment for dogs with itchy/irritated skin (there is an extra charge for this treatment.)

Do you take all breeds? 

Yes! I believe there is no such thing as a bad breed. Any pet that is a health threat to other dogs or whose aggressive behavior is a threat to other dogs or myself will be turned away.

Do you take cats? 

As long as they are willing.  I strive to make grooming as pleasant as possible for your pet, if I feel the animal is experiencing stress I will not groom them.  I will recommend the animal be groomed at the Vet where a mild sedative can be administered to minimize stress.

Do you take old dogs? 

Of course old dogs are welcome, although, I will not push them past their limitations. For example, if the dog cannot stand for long periods of time, I will do what I can but it will likely be difficult to do a full groom. I want them to be comfortable during the entire grooming process, if I find they are uncomfortable, I will simply skip whatever it is that is causing discomfort.

When should I start taking my puppy to the groomer? 

Puppies under 3 months of age should not be professionally groomed, although there are things your can do at home to get them ready for their first time. If your puppy is under 3 months, begin rubbing his paws, playing with his ears, and use a soft brush to introduce them to grooming. Keep your sessions short and fill them with praise! If your puppy is over 3 months and up to date on all vaccines, it would be a good idea to schedule your puppy to get them used to the sights, sounds and smells of the grooming salon as well as being handled by a groomer. This helps alleviate stress and anxiety from visiting the groomer. Grooming will become accepted by your puppy as part of their life routine and I will be sure they enjoy their experience. 

What sort of home grooming should I do? 

Between professional grooming sessions, it is important to brush your dogs coat. For longer coated dogs, brushing will keep them from getting matted and help rid coat of loose hair. Short hair breeds need brushing too, for it stimulates their blood flow and helps them relax.

Why do dogs shed? 

Shedding is a natural loss of hair in dogs that allows the new coat to come in. Some breeds, like poodles, hang onto their dead hair, which requires grooming to remove it. If they are not properly groomed they are prone to matting. Long haired breeds have seasonal shedding in the spring, as their winter coats are dropped. Although, they may also shed year round if they are kept indoors. A warm bath, good de-shed product and a blow out helps get rid of excess fur.

What do I do if my dog has mats? 

Matted dogs experience a lot of discomfort which often leads to skin irritations from lack of oxygen and sometimes can leave open sores under the mat. You can bring your pet in to be de-matted, although, depending on the tightness of the mats, this can be very painful for your dog. If the mats are to tight, it is recommended to shave the dog down and let the coat grow back out (this is something not to be done at home for it is very easy to cut the dogs skin when breaking through the mats.)

Is it safe to brush my dogs teeth? 

Yes! It is safe and highly recommended if you are using doggie toothpaste. Human toothpaste can cause an upset tummy, while doggie toothpastes are flavored to appeal to your dogs taste buds. Brushing your dogs teeth freshens breath and prevents gingivitis and tartar buildup.

Are colognes harmful for my dog? 

Most human colognes and perfumes contain alcohol which will cause skin irritations for your dog. Lucky for you, they make doggie colognes to keep Fido smelling fresh! Keep in mind, that like some humans, dogs can have allergic skin reactions to certain colognes. For those certain dogs, there are 100% natural colognes to use.

When are fleas and ticks a problem and how do I get rid of them? 

Fleas and ticks are in season during the warmer months and your dog will often be able to tell you he has them. Look out for frequent scratching and flea dirt on the base of your dog's tail (grains that resemble black pepper) as evidence of fleas. Remember, if your pet has fleas, so does your house. Treat all areas where your pet has access, wash, dry-clean or destroy all pet bedding, and then vacuum the house to get rid of eggs, larvae and pupae. Surprisingly, dawn dish soap kills fleas! Give your dog a good bath in dawn or a flea shampoo and then remove the dead fleas with a flea comb. For ticks, remove them with a tweezers or fingers, check to be sure the head is not embedded and drop them into alcohol, flush, or burn them.  

To Schedule an Appointment or if you have any questions, Call Katie at
(612) 875-9879 or Email her at

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