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Grooming VS. Bathing

So, What’s the Difference Between Dog Grooming and Bathing?

Winding Road Kennel Offers Both Bathing and Grooming for Dogs

To keep dogs happy and healthy, they require regular bathing and grooming. But you may ask this question: If you can give your dog a bath at home, why would you take them somewhere else to get it done? Let the team at Winding Road Kennel answer that.
Both bathing and grooming can clean your dog’s coat, keep their nails safe and comfortable, and provide an overall indication of your dog’s health. While bathing is a simple bath-and- nail treatment, grooming allows our staff to really pamper your pooch and give them the necessary services to keep them looking and feeling their best. Still not sure why you should consult a professional groomer for bathing and dog grooming services? Talk to our friendly staff in Parkersburg, WV, to learn more about our services and to schedule an appointment. We cannot wait to meet you and your dog!

Bathing or grooming your dog too often or not enough can cause skin issues and other health problems for your sweet, furry friends. Consult the staff at Winding Road Kennel to discover the best grooming schedule for your pet. Our grooming prices vary, based on the weight of your dog.


What Does Bathing Include?

A simple bathing appointment is one way to treat your dog to a calming day and let them look their best. At Winding Road Kennel, a bathing appointment will consist of the following:

  • Nail pads and nail trim
  • Full brush-out
  • Scented bath, with owner-selected products
  • Scarf

As you can see, a bath just keeps your pet clean and keeps their nails at bay. Unlike a full grooming session, bathing’s sole purpose is cleanliness and does not exactly focus on the “pampering” side that many of our pets deserve.

One misconception is that short-haired dogs do not benefit from grooming. That could not be further from the truth. All dogs go through stress, just like us, and one way to show your love is to allow them a day of pampering, leaving them feeling salon-fresh and clean.


Treat Your Dog to a Salon-Style Appointment with Full Grooming

Unlike a bathing appointment, a full grooming appointment gives your dog the ultimate spa day that they deserve. Grooming comes with different options to suit your pet, because we all know that no two dogs are the same. Winding Road Kennel offers four different spa packages to treat your pet:


Bug Be Gone! Flea & Tick Package: This includes Capstar, flea drops, and a moisturizing bath. No matter how hard we try, dogs can easily get fleas and ticks by simply going out in the yard. Ease their skin and itchy spots with our salon package to keep them feeling fresh and itch-free for longer.

Fabulous Fur De-Shedding Package: This includes a de-shedding shampoo and moisturizer, as well as FURminator®. Shedding is one thing that pet owners come to tolerate, but it is always frustrating to constantly vacuum and clean fur off of your clothing and furniture. Shedding can also make your dog feel itchy. Keep your dog comfortable and limit mats and shedding with our de-shedding option.

Top Dog Premium Package: Your pooch will be “dog-show” ready after this service! This package includes the finest moisturizer shampoo and conditioner, tooth brushing service, and coat sheen finishing.


As you can see, grooming is a much more in-depth service that treats your dog’s individual needs. While bathing is always a great idea for your dog, it’s best to treat them every so often to a day of extra pampering.


Meet the Certified Master Groomer at Winding Road Kennel

Owner Denise Rodeheaver is our certified master groomer at Winding Road Kennel. What exactly is a master groomer? Well, these groomers must go through strenuous grooming education and testing to prove their skills and qualifications. When you search for a groomer to care for your pet, it is best to trust a certified master groomer to handle the appointment. Denise and our team of trained and experienced groomers are here and ready to help your pet look their best, no matter the occasion.

When it comes time to treat your dog to a spa day, call on Winding Road Kennel in Parkersburg, WV. We cannot wait to meet your furry friends!


For more information on dog grooming, give Winding Road Kennel a call at (304) 428-3518, or follow us on Facebook. We look forward to meeting you and your pets!