"Canines Against Cancer"Donation Only Event and Customer Appreciation Day happens Saturday October 14.  8:30am to 2:30pm. This is a donation only event with no donation DuAnn, Chara, Greta, Remingtonrequired. All dogs and cats get free toys. All humans and owners get free hot dogs (All beef and Vegi dogs)!  All services are offered on this special occasion FREE: Bathing, grooming, nail trims, teeth cleaning, etc.  ALL donations go directly to Cancer Community Services - our local cancer resource to directly help local citizens with the costs in transportation to treat the cancer.  Please come and support this fun, laughter filled event.  And, come hungry:).

Student Pricing: Student grooming prices are 20 to 50% lower than professional grooming prices. Please be sure to ask for student if you would like discounted rates.

Santa pictures: Santa pictures are available again this year on the first Saturday of December, December 2 from 10am to 1pm.  This is a donation only event to benefit Hospice of Sandpoint.  A minister will be onsite to give blessings to the humans and fur children to start off the holiday season.  These pictures make fabulous family Christmas cards! 

Current Students: Josie is from Sagle, ID and will be finishing her training this year.  Lexi is from Sacramento and will training through 2018.  Sally is from Priest River and will be graduating this Thanksgiving!  Kaity is also from Priest River and graduates next year. Please come in and talk with our students that needs lots of encouragement and kind words to spur them on:)

Appointment Making Options: You can text or call our shop number for an appointment.  You can also make an appointment online at www.thepoochparlor.net or email us directly at thepoochparlor@frontier.com.

Fall and Winter Hours: Mon - Friday 8:30am to 3pm (earlier and later by appointment). Saturdays 8:30 to 12 noon (earlier and later by appointment.

Grooming Books: DuAnn has written two books for professional and home groomers: Pooch Paramedic and Poop Happens - addressing physical and emotional surprises in the grooming industry.  She takes time out of her schedule regularly to promote her books and attend book signings at national grooming conventions.  Her books are sold on Amazon, Wholesale grooming companies, and the Pooch Parlor website.


Professional Groomers On-Staff:
Kem is a fabulous groomer and shop manager.  She has been immersed in the dog industry for the last 20 years.  She is a horse groomer, owning two horses of her own, and is the proud parent of a German Sheperd, Junior and an Airedale puppy, Bexley.  She is a certified all breed groomer for dogs and cats.  She excels at 'owner stay appointments', teeth scaling, and enjoys grooming a large variety of small and large dogs each day. During her free time she enjoys horseback riding, kayaking with her dogs, and cooking. Kem works Mon thru Saturday.

DuAnn (pictured top with her 3 dogs) is also an all-breed certified dog and cat professional groomer and author and has more personal information listed below in "About Us". She works Mon, Wed, Thurs, Friday.

Riding a bike with your special four-legged friend (under 20 pounds) puts new enjoyment in getting some outdoor exercise.  Owners and dogs alike will both be looking forward to this special activity after one or two exposures.  Looking forward to calorie-spending activities is NO EASY TASK!  This activity is perfect for spring and fall temperatures.

Riding a bike equipped with a basket, a baby blanket for padding and warm, Doggles, and an extra small leash with clip will create a fun, safe, and productive environment for exercising owners and their canine children weighing less than twenty pounds. 

Baskets can be found by local artisans like the one pictured here, bought at the Sandpoint Farmers Market, handmade by Sharon Gunter, www.sharon'sbasketry.com.  The basket has 3 square holes at the top to firmly secure the basket to bicycles with velcro (very easy to adjust).  The basket is also lined (but not padded), and comes complete with an adjustable clip to clip to your dogs collar or harness.  A small baby blanket, towel, or dog sweater at the bottom of the basket makes for a cozy, soft, warm ride.

Doggles for the dog are a great addition for riders that ride any faster than a meandering pace.  This author was able to persuade her schnauzer into wearing Doggles after going on two 15 minute fast bike rides.  As long as the bike is moving, the dog's are happy to have the protection.   Putting the protective eyeware on the dog directly after 15 minutes of unprotected doggie eye riding and then riding again immediately allows the dog to choose protection.  The second time the Doggles were put on the dog, there was NO protest.  Dogs wearing Doggles need to have the proper size to fit the eye sockets.  Doggles are available at your local pet store, groomer, and online.  Doggle-wearing dogs also need to have their own fur out of their eyes (which is a little tricky with eyebrowed dogs!) while wearing the Doggles. All bikes should have a bell or horn for safety.  Riders that bike at night should also have a bright light attached to the bike or to their forehead for safety.

With a little touch of patience with your dog, preparation (buy the correct size basket), and proper accessories (protection bells, harness, and blankets), owners and smaller dogs can be enjoying the great outdoors while exercising on bicycles as long as weather permits.

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The Pooch Parlor is a place for pets and their people that want a clean, safe, professional and family environment for grooming, where professionalism and customer service are held to the highest possible standard. 
We offer the following services:

*text appointments via phone
*email appointments via the website
*doggie drive thru window for dogs under 20 lbs.
* full service grooming for all breeds of dogs and cats by *state-certified groomers    
*student grooming discounts      
*offer ‘no-kennel’ grooming by request        
*owner stay grooming by request       
*self-service bathing stations       
*walk-in appointments        
* teeth scaling  and/or teeth brushing          
* nail trimming  and dremeling (filing) on a walk-in basis  *anal gland expressing         
* bird nails and wing trimming 
*retail grooming tools       
*doggie day care          
*owner grooming training by request   
 *doggie and family portraits (free)   

Pooch Parlor Groomers/Staff.  Every groomer has undergone rigorous training  to attain their certification at the state level.  The training includes more than instruction about the technical aspects of grooming and scissoring, it includes strict codes of conduct and tight guidelines for ethical treatments of pets and their owners, safety practices, and cleaning standards.  This certification is something we are most proud of, as the grooming industry is not regulated by any one entity, and only 5 percent of all groomers spend the time and money to train under any qualified guidelines.  All employees are drug-tested and undergo criminal background checks. 

The Pooch Parlor Pet Groomer Academy, is the only grooming school licensed and bonded through the Board of Education, in the State of Idaho.  We offer training to students that come from all over the world to acquire certification.  We offer reduced student grooming rates for those customers that want to help groomers-in-training. 

 We also have a camera handy and LOVE to take pictures of our staff, students, customers, and their dogs.  There is no charge for family portrait and we email it to you, just ask.  Pictures of your 4 legged kids are really important, since our time with them is never long enough during our lives. 
The Pooch Parlor in Ponderay is owned and operated by DuAnn Chambers and her husband Mike.  Mike is not a groomer, he is a remodeling specialist, with Git ‘er Done Construction LLC., and helps out in the grooming shop with all repairs and upgrades.  Mike and DuAnn have been married 24 years.  They share the love of dogs, owning a mini schnauzer, 8 year old ‘Grouchy Greta’, 1.5 year old Chara, a Black Russian Terrier, and a Standard Poodle, Remington, 6 months old.   In our spare time, we scuba dive, paddleboard, travel, hike, and remodel old homes.   We thank all of you our friends and customers for making it possible for us to LOVE what we do!  Thank you!

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