The Fluffy Ruff Dog Spa

The Fluffy Ruff Dog Spa

5 employees
14 years in business

About this pro

We believe every dog deserves to look its best!  We regularly attend continuing education and trade shows to stay at the top of the latest looks, techniques, products, and tools.  We strive to be as gentle and kind as possible while producing a clean and neat trim customized to what is visually pleasing and maintanable for the pet's owners.

Julie Rust, owner of The Fluffy Ruff, is one of a handful of National Certified Master Groomers in Washington state.  She has also won many awards in grooming competitions across the United States, and has been nationally ranked twice.  She encourages her employees to always keep learning with classes and seminars.

Our official website is found at  Our facebook page is found at

I love connecting with the dogs, getting to know them, and helping them achieve that "best" look that will help maximize their treat opportunity potential.

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Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
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What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

I try to figure out what condition and coat type and structure we have in their dog.  Then try to identify their expectations and see if we can steer in that direction.  I may need to give them a free brushing lesson to help them be able to move in maintaining that trim.  I try to put them on a 4-8 week schedule to prevent mats and excessive shedding.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I attended the full training at Paragon School of Pet Grooming in Jenison, Michigan.  This is one of the most respected schools in the United States.  I then apprenticed to NCMG Debbie Gamblin in Glencoe, Alabama for 18 months.  During that time I learned to compete in grooming competitions at trade shows, and earned my own certification as National Certified Master Groomer with the National Dog Groomers Association of America.  Since then I have attended countless seminars and workshops to always be upping my skills.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your services? If so, please share the details here.

Every dog is individual.  It is very difficult to quote a price without seeing the size, coat condition, and behavior of a dog...there is such variety even within a single breed.  We try to be fair.  We are still accepting new grooming clients under 40 lbs.  We also accept new short-haired bath-only clients of all sizes.

How did you get started in this business?

I volunteered at a humane society for two years, taking pictures to post on petfinder with descriptions.  Their adoption rates went up 15%, and I also learned that I can spend countless hours working with dogs, quite contentedly!

What types of customers have you worked with?

all kinds of people

What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a pro in your area of expertise?

Visit the groomer to see if they are someone you can communicate with.  Not everyone is a fit.  Also see if the salon is somewhere you are comfortable leaving your it clean?  Quiet?  Harmonious?  We all have stinky days and we all have bad days and loud days.  But check in a time or two to see if they are a place you feel good about.  Expect to put your dog on a schedule...this is a win for both you and your dog, adding convenience and comfort to both your lives.

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