(Sept. 14, 2018) Leanna Slaughter and Joe Fultz opened Just Four Paws pet grooming in June off Route 50 in Berlin.

“What we like about grooming dogs is the fact that we are helping people maintain their animals by trimming nails and dematting,” Slaughter said.

Slaughter has been grooming dogs for eight years and Fultz for 12 years. They both worked at other grooming businesses before coming together to open Just Four Paws.

“[The dogs] come in, they get washed, groomed, and they go back home,” Slaughter said. “[This is the routine] so the dogs don’t have to stay here long.”

Slaughter and Fultz attribute careers in the grooming business to their parents.

“My mother started a mobile grooming business when I was 12 or 13 years old,” Fultz said. “I always helped her after school.”

Slaughter was 12 years old when she started working with her mom in her grooming business.

Slaughter and Fultz thought it was a good idea to open their grooming business in Berlin because the location is not too far from West Ocean City.

“Knowing that we both worked for our mothers in West Ocean City for a long time, all of our clients’ requested for us to groom their dogs in this area,” Fultz said.

Fultz and Slaughter start the grooming routine by giving a dog a bath.

“Whatever shampoos they need, even if they have skin allergies, we have that covered and it’s no extra cost,” Fultz said.

After the bath, they use a force dryer to get the undercoat dried out, followed by cutting the dog’s hair. It takes about 45 minutes to an hour to groom one dog.

“It’s really a relaxed environment,” Fultz said. “There isn’t all that stress of a million dogs in here at one time.”

Basic full-service grooming prices for a small dog up to 20 pound is $55. For medium dogs up to 40 pounds the cost is $60. Large dog up to 60 pounds is $75, and extra large dogs 70 pounds and over is $80.

Bath-ears-nails price for short-coated dogs only is: $35 for a small dog, $40 for medium, $45 for large and $50 for extra large. Bath-ears-nails for full-coated dogs will be priced according

due to drying times.

Just Four Paws is located on Route 50 at 10543 Ocean Gateway, in Berlin. It is opened Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, visit www.justfourpaws.online or call 410-829-4341.

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