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The Best Dog Groomers

While most people choose professional grooming services for show dogs or those with long, difficult coats, all dogs and cats benefit from regular brushing, nail clipping, and teeth cleaning.

This article is from 2006's Pet Guide package. The information may be out-of-date, so please call locations listed for new information.

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When choosing a groomer, look for a clean workspace and experienced staff. After bathing, are animals put in drying crates or dried by hand–a safer option that usually gets better results?

Mobile groomers come to you, working in a specially equipped van. This option relieves the stress of travel for old or nervous pets.

All Breeds Dog Grooming Salon, 22330 Sterling Blvd., A-119, Sterling; 703-430-5982. Performs custom cuts and works in four-hour increments, so dogs don't have to spend all day there.

Bone Jour Pet Boutique, 4927 St. Elmo Ave., Bethesda; 301-656-2663; Experienced groomers handle all breeds of dogs.

Bubble Buddies, Woodbridge; 703-929-1189; A mobile groomer for pets of all kinds, in Northern Virginia. Waiting list; call four weeks ahead.

Canine Carousel, 680 Elden St., Herndon, 703-709-8746; 4207 Annandale Center Dr., Annandale, 703-941-6812; Lil Lewis opened the Herndon location in 1995 to satisfy demand for her services, particularly AKC-standard grooming for dog shows.

Chichie's Canine Design, 2614 P St., NW; 202-333-3575; Owner Chichie Tascoe has been grooming the dogs of Washington's elite for nearly four decades. Cat grooming available.

Dog-a-Do Salon, 626-G Grant St., Herndon; 703-437-3901. Dog and cat owners travel here from Richmond and even Texas for show grooming.

The Dog Wash, 1314H Ninth St., NW; 202-321-3647. Do-it-yourself dog-washing facilities. Professional dog and cat grooming available.

Dogs on Wheels, 703-314-1961; Mobile grooming in Loudoun County.

Featherle Pet Care, 13881-A Metrotech Dr., Chantilly, 703-378-9500; 113-A Edds La., Sterling, 703-430-0414. Owner Linda Law has won awards in national grooming competitions.

For Pet's Sake, 1527 N. Quaker La., Alexandria; 703-931-2600. Has been grooming cats and dogs for 27 years.

The Groomery, 424 E. Diamond Ave., Gaithersburg; 301-840-0727; Provides both show-quality and family-pet styles.

Happy Tails Dog Spa, 8528-F Tyco Rd., McLean; 703-821-0700; In addition to full-service and self-serve grooming, Happy Tails provides boarding, daycare, and training for dogs.

Lucky Dog Laundromutt, 1722 Florida Ave., NW; 202-387-6888; A self-serve dog wash with tubs for all sizes of dogs plus shampoo, towels, hair dryer, and brushes.

Paws of Enchantment, 117 Carroll St., NW; 202-256-4088; Located within the Big Bad Woof shop. Cassandra Kraham uses aromatherapy shampoos and scented oils to improve a dog's coat and provide a calm atmosphere.

Rosa's Mobile Pet Grooming, 301-946-0040; Grooms dogs and cats in parts of Montgomery County and Northwest DC.