Security First for This Mom/Daughter Workforce



“The general wellness of the canine is our precedence,” says Taylor Kier, groomer and proprietor of Little Barks Grooming and Boutique in Columbia, SC. 
Collectively along with her mother, Kim Kier, the 2 run a thriving canine grooming salon and boutique. What began as a canine boutique with some canine grooming has blossomed right into a specialty grooming salon with a aspect of boutique. The mom/daughter crew focuses on pores and skin and coat science, security, dealing with and sanitation. 

Kim says, “On the core of grooming, I might say security is the muse, and also you construct from there. With out that in place, a good looking groom can’t occur.” 
Security is a core tenant of the Kier household. 
As a woman, Taylor confirmed canine as a part of the 4-H canine membership. “Within the coaching ring, you all the time be sure that your canine is protected. My dad labored in an influence plant and made positive it didn’t blow up. My brother has OSHA certifications. Security is constructed into our household.”
These security issues translate into canine dealing with. Based on Taylor, “If we are able to’t trim a canine’s nails as a result of they’re at a stage 4 or 5 in worry, we again off and check out once more in a few weeks with optimistic reinforcement.”
Taylor says they’ve devised a technique to let canine safely keep on the desk when their groom is full, too. “Some canine don’t need to get off the desk. So if the canine needs to nap on the desk after their groom, we’ll unhook them, decrease the desk, and so they can step off after they’re prepared.” 

A concentrate on pores and skin and coat follows Taylor’s pure pursuits in pores and skin well being. “I’ve handled eczema personally, so I need to assist the canine have wholesome pores and skin. I took lessons with Christein Pearson, Licensed Canine Esthetician, and received licensed.” 
Taylor says, “Every canine has a distinct microflora. We wipe out each crate after each canine. We sanitize shears between every canine. We received licensed in COVID sanitation. We use veterinary-grade cleaners and wipes that may disinfect blood-borne illnesses.” 
With such a concentrate on security, it’s not stunning the duo selected to shut for six months in 2020. “We shut down as a result of we thought it was the fitting factor to do. It wasn’t definitely worth the threat of placing ourselves or our shoppers in jeopardy. We have now plenty of aged shoppers. Throughout that point, we did persevering with schooling and digital exhibits. We by no means stopped studying. We took our esthetician license, and took a step again and considered what we wished for our shoppers,” shares Taylor. 

Additionally they considered their imaginative and prescient for the salon and ended up rebranding. 
Kim says, “We had this overwhelming feeling that it was time for Little Barks to make some BIG modifications and transfer to the following superb path God has for us. The subsequent day we determined to rebrand Little Barks. New chapter and new focus and new beginnings. Little Barks Grooming would now concentrate on pores and skin and coat and giving the pups in our care our greatest to allow them to be their greatest.” 
As a part of the rebrand, they upgraded their companies and raised their charges. 
Wholesome pores and skin interprets right into a wholesome coat, so now their focus is on well being. “We don’t supply a fundamental groom. If the canine wants a medicated shampoo, we don’t cost additional. That’s a part of our service,” Taylor states. 

The Kiers use an ozone machine as a pure disinfectant and a UV gentle. Taylor says, “The sunshine supply disinfects surfaces. We use it at the very least as soon as per week to disinfect the playpens we maintain the doggies in, the tables, the instruments. Disinfection is absolutely necessary to ensure we’re not cross-contaminating. We did this pre-COVID, so we didn’t have to alter a lot to re-open.
“We additionally use de-ionized water to ensure there’s nothing within the water to annoy the canine. Folks notice the significance of those security measures. They’ve heard horror tales in regards to the large field shops.”

Now that companies are reopening, the Kiers want to join extra with their local people. “We’re internet hosting a few occasions for space trainers, groomers, and veterinarians about pores and skin/well being circumstances later this yr. We need to get extra linked locally.” Taylor shares.
Kim provides, “We’re so completely satisfied to go to work, and the mother and father and pups are thrilled! We owe it to God, Household, canine, and the outstanding grooming trade.” ✂️

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