Let’s Talk About Products!



Let me get started with this post by letting you know why it is so important to ask questions when you select a groomer for your pet styling services…Not all salons use Pet PH Balanced Shampoo!

In the nineties, when I was a new groomer, and bought my little salon, I bought it lock, stock and barrel.  The previous groomer, while an EXCELLENT stylist (her grooming was amazing, really!!) was a little old school with her choices of styling products.  True Story, I counted several large Costco-sized containers of Ivory Dish soap (shampoo) and several large Costco-sized containers of Fleecy Fabric Softener (conditioner). I took it all home and re-purposed it for it’s original intent and didn’t need to purchase either product for the better part of a year.

Fast Forward, oh, almost twenty years (twenty years October 2016) and the ivory dish soap and fleecy are a long gone, distant memory.  Now Shampoo and Conditioners are a science.  With the increase of dogs with allergies, sensitivities and skin conditions, I wouldn’t DREAM of using a product like dish soap on your dog with all of the beautiful, Pet PH Balanced shampoos available to professional pet stylists and pet owners alike.

Degreasers.  HypoAllergenic. Tar. Oatmeal. Organic. Color Enhancing. Conditioners. Deep Conditioners. Facials. Scrubs. Tearless. Puppy. Cat. Hot Oil. Foot bombs. Medicated. Aloe Vera. Shedding Shampoos. Wire Coat enhancers. Leave in conditioners. Paw Butter. Odor Control. Scented. Non-Scented. Wheat free.

With all of these options on the market, why use dish soap?


As a business owner I budget $450.00/month for shampoo, conditioners and styling products.

Over the last nineteen and a half years I have spent approximately $105,000.00 on shampoo.

Over one hundred thousand dollars.

If I had stuck with Ivory and Fleecy, I would probably have a good chuck of change in my wallet 😉

But I don’t, and I can sleep at night knowing I am making safe, ethical, biodegradable choices for our beloved clientele at A Royal Touch Pooch Parlour.

And remember, when you are choosing a Pet Grooming Salon for your Pet Styling Services, please consider more than just the $. Quality matters. Your Pet’s safety matters. Having confidence in your Pet Stylist using the best quality products for your pet matters.






And quality, safety, and confidence are priceless.








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Oatmeal Ease- Colloidial oatmeal naturally helps sooth and heal irritated skin, hot spots, fungus, dandruff, bacteria, sores, bites and itchy skin. Natural, pH balanced and organic shampoo is safe for puppies and kittens.

Absolute Silk- It is a rich, white flora funa conditioner, Absolute Silk contains natural proteins to leave the coat smooth and shiny without leaving the coat limp. Absolute Silk is formulated to saturate quickly into the skin to moisturize and protect without leaving the hair oily. Absolute Silk is natural, organic, and biodegradable.

Pure-N-Clean- Pure-N-Clean is a special hypo-allergenic formula designed to eliminate allergic reactions in both animals and you! Our premium formula Pure-NClean provides thick suds, mild cleansing, and a brilliant, deep shine. Pure-N-Clean is tearless, pH balanced, natural and biodegradable.

Blue Bliss- An excellent deep cleansing shampoo that removes stains, oxidation and odors. Blue Bliss rinses cleanly and leaves a fresh clean scent. Blue Bliss is natural pH balanced and biodegradable.

Absolute Purple- Absolute Purple is a whitening shampoo. It is the absolute best shampoo available for brightening white haired animals, and animals with yellow and green oxidation. Also removes odor and food stains. Absolute Purple performs better than any blue shampoo on the market, by far, and contains no bluing what so ever! If brightening white is what you want, than Absolute Purple is the shampoo to use. Absolute Purple is tearless, pH balanced, natural, biodegradable, smells super fresh, mild on skin.

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Filthy Beast- The botanical extracts in this shampoo are anti-inflammatory and soothing to the skin. The cleansing agents in this shampoo use the latest development shampoo technology. These elegant cleansing agents product a tearless and hypoallergenic shampoo that is mild to the skin yet results in superior cleansing. Filthy Beast is your best value bath after bath. Cruelty Free, Biodegradable. Ingredients: Extracts of devil’s claw, flax seed, meadowsweet, orange blossom and yarrow, sodium laureth sulfate, sodium C14-16 olefin sulfonate, cocamidopropyl betaine, demethicone, grapefruit seed extract, tauramide mea, Peg-150, preservative. No color added.

Blueberry Facial- This mild, yet concentrated, lightly foaming facial cleanser soothes and balances the skin. It has natural exfoliating activity and is slightly hydrating. The refreshing blend of vanilla and blueberry effectively removes dirt and tear stains, and will not irritate eyes. SPA Facial Cleanser is great for all skin types and pets of all ages. https://youtu.be/xMs3sIugqfg

Tropiclean Gel- Periodontal disease is the number one disease among dogs, effecting nearly 80% by age three. Developing good oral care habits at an early age is key to promoting complete pet wellness throughout the entire life of our dog. Fresh Breath Oral Care Kit begins working immediately to address plaque and tartar. A proprietary blend of natural ingredients produce a healthy oral environment, and promote periodontal wellness while also soothing minor gum irritations.

OPAWZ-What can we say?  Take a walk on the wild side! http://www.opawz.com/

Here are our product selections, if you have any questions, feel free to contact me via email at aroyaltouchreservations@shaw.ca

Love and Grooming,

Jeanette Embree, Nationally Certified Master Groomer, and Owner of A Royal Touch Pooch Parlour.

Let’s Talk About Maintenance!



How can I maintain my Pet in between visits to the Pooch Parlour?


Brushing/combing: 20 minutes, 3X/week.  Brush backwards, from the tail to the head, and upwards on the legs. Following through with a metal comb, from the skin out, will ensure your dog is matt free! A Royal Touch Pooch Parlour offers complimentary Brushing Lessons to our Regular Clientele.


Nail Trimming: Every four weeks.  Your pet’s nails should be trimmed at a minimum of every four weeks. Dogs that regularly walk on pavement tend to wear down on their own, and do not need to be trimmed as frequently. Long nails should be cutevery 2-3 weeks to help wear down the quicks.  A Royal Touch Pooch Parlour offers Nail Trimming as part of our a-la-carte menu, see below for details.


Ear Cleaning: Weekly. Here’s a great article about ear health: http://www.banfield.com/pet-health-resources/pet-health-concerns/other-concerns/do-i-need-to-clean-my-dog-s-ears  Ear Cleaning is another a-la-carte grooming service we provide for your convenience. Plucking is only done on veterinary clearance. We only pluck external ear canal hair. For deep plucking your veterinarian will help you out!


Deshedding:  20 minutes, 3X/week.  Furminate, Coat King, Stripping Knives and Stones.  Regular shedding helps Pet Owners stay ahead of the hairy situation happening in their homes! It also promotes healthy aeration of the skin and stimulates circulation and hair growth. Deshedding is offered in-between grooms at our salon, call your stylist for details!


Teeth Brushing:  Daily!  Please Read: http://pets.webmd.com/dogs/features/brushing-dogs-teeth-beneficial We can help you with brushing your dog’s teeth!


Bathing:  This is a Hot Topic.  If you’re one of Jeanette’s Poms, and get profession PH Balanced shampoo, you can bathe as often as weekly 🙂 (Super spoiled)  However, the average pet owner bathes every four weeks or so, depending on breed and size of their dogs. Definitely YMMV. (your-mileage-may-vary)  Caution: Do NOT bathe a matted dog! Matts, when they get wet, will tighten like a pair of wool pants in the drier.  We see plenty of PELTED, spotlessly clean dogs.  Bathing does not remove matts. It makes them worse!




So how can my salon help me?

At A Royal Touch Pooch Parlour, we help in these ways:


We provide Complimentary Brushing and Combing Lessons to our Regular Clientele (Please book an appointment for this) Give your Stylist a Call for more information!


A-la-Carte Grooming Menu (Tuesday through Saturday, 10-2, no appointment required) We Provide Nail Trimming/Ear Cleaning/Face Tidy/Feet Tidy $11.00 each


Deshedding in between Grooming Services (Please book an appointment for this) $1.00/minute.


Our Maintenance Grooming Program (call your stylist for more details) Come in for grooming every six weeks or less/Prebook for the year/Qualify for 10% savings!


A Royal Touch Pooch Parlour is committed to helping pet owners provide the very best in care for their pets.  Let’s make 2016 the year of #PAWSOMEGROOMING !


Call us at 403.277.9194 for more information, or send us an email at aroyaltouchreservations@shaw.ca


Love and Grooming,

Jeanette Embree, NCMG                                                                                                                                           Award-Winning, Nationally Certified Master Groomer. Owner, A Royal Touch Pooch Parlour