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I’m Deborah Kent, a Home Dog Groomer in beautiful San Francisco, California.

You may be thinking, just what is a Home Dog Groomer? Yes, I am a mobile groomer but, I actually bring all the equipment inside people’s homes to create “the magic” in front of their eyes!

Little did I know when I adopted Lola, a Yorkshire Terrier from Jamie Morse of the original Kiehl’s Pharmacy in NYC over 27 years ago, that this sweet ball of fur would change my life forever. I began grooming her myself, just bathing her and a light bulb went off in my head. Something clicked. I could be a dog groomer. I know it sounds a little wacky considering I had absolutely no formal grooming training at all but, I pursued the spark.

I knew I needed to learn how to groom dogs so, I attended The New York School of Dog Grooming in NYC and while there I had another brainstorm. I thought maybe there may be other people like me that would love to have their dogs “privately pampered”. I now had my compass set.

After graduating The New York School of Dog Grooming, I apprenticed with master groomer Edith Hoeltz of Canine Styles in NYC for a year.  I owe so much to her; she was a truly talented groomer and teacher that taught me not only the art of dog grooming/styling but, the skills to train and calm dogs while grooming. My dream to pursue Home Dog Grooming was coming to fruition. I now had my grooming certificate and apprenticeship under my belt so, in 1989 I bought a luggage cart (no joke) and stacked my “tools of the trade” and groomed the dogs of the Upper East Side of Manhattan. My destiny had been created.

I moved to San Francisco in 1993 and have been Home Dog Grooming traveling all over the Bay Area in my wonderful and reliable Volvo. Sven, as he is affectionately named, has tallied over 450,000 miles. After grooming many, many, many, many, many dogs I am thrilled to share my website and my blog.

Welcome to the Kent's Kanines Blog!

A Havanese for Valentine’s Day

The photo is of Truffles. A beautiful chocolate Havanese with little heart bows. As you will see in the video also featuring Truffles, she is the perfect example of a Havanese. The hair on her face has never been cut so it is super thick and luxurious. Sometimes I make one single top knot with triple mini scungis or for
Valentine’s Day, I decided to make two pigtails with adorable bows with little hearts. I found these bows in a pet store somewhere, I can’t remember and thought they would be perfect for Truffles. She is completely trained now to lie down with her head flat against the grooming table which permits me to put in the bows without protest or problem.

Truffles has a lovely disposition and is very vivacious! After she is groomed, she loves to fetch her fleece bone and bring it to me wagging her tail and trying to bark at the same time! She is quite the character.

Grooming such a beautiful animal is a privilege and pleasure. Keeping a Havanese in full coat is a labor of love. Her owner purchased a grooming table when I first started to groom her when she was just months old, she is 5 now. Truffles’s owner will pop her on the table a few times a week to brush and comb her thoroughly ( or as thoroughly as she can ) to maintain a mat-free baby. Once she found her rhythm and followed my technique for brushing and combing, the process of maintaining a mat-free Truffles has been a success.

Enjoy Truffles for Valentine’s Day.



It was a beautiful day in San Francisco. Clear, crisp, cold (for San Francisco)! Walked my own dogs for a long and relaxed walk; great way to start the new year.

2018 was great. Home Dog Groomed almost every day other than the two respites. Traveled to Ashland, Oregon for the Shakespeare Festival in the Spring and then off to Paris and Nice to celebrate my birthday in October. Wonderful vacations!!

I am truly excited about 2019. This will be my 30th year Home Dog Grooming and my 25th anniversary of making San Francisco my home. Home Dog Grooming each and every day since I arrived. I am so blessed.

Sven, my trusted and wonderful Volvo is still running perfectly. Please check back. I am planning to give him a little facelift soon.

Thank you to all who visit my website to view the 12 galleries of dogs I have groomed in my client’s homes as well as visiting my blog.

My New Years resolution is to post more frequently.

Wishing all good health and happiness for 2019

Kent’s Kanines Summer Newsletter 2016

Welcome to the Kent's Kanines Newsletter! There is so much to tell you!

I started the year with a salute to my wonderful and reliable Volvo, "Sven"! As of January 1, 2016, I have tallied 391,000 miles grooming dogs all over San Francisco and the Bay Area. He is a 1986 240GL and still runs beautifully. Has the same engine, original paint and I am so amazed that this car is still reliably and safely transporting me to do what I love to do! Please see the Blog post.


Big News! I have redesigned my website at and am presenting it to you today. The website opens with a slideshow and in the Portfolio section, there are twelve galleries of photographs showcasing my grooming expertise in a new and exciting format! The new website flows seamlessly and is completely compatible with all mobile devices ie: iPhone, IPad, Android. The menu includes Portfolio, Biography, Grooming Info, Videos, Testimonials, Diary of a Dog Groomer Blog and Contact. Hope you like it!

The next time I come to groom your dog, please ask me about the Kent's Kanines cardholder. It is a gift for you that attaches to the back of your cell phone or refrigerator if you prefer so, you can carry business cards, credit cards or that emergency $20.00. I just love these; it's so handy!

Card Holder

Now for the BIG NEWS! There is a new mascot for Kent's Kanines! His name is Frisco. He is a black and tan Pomeranian and is now 8 months old. His nickname is "Feisty Frisco." He will have an amazing coat when he becomes an adult and will be a perfect teaching model. He is all puppy! His favorite activities are: tearing up the toilet paper, terrorizing my other dogs, rising super early to give me lots of kisses, prancing when he walks on lead, fetching the ball endlessly and finally, be so darn cute. It's has been a long time since I have had a puppy and I have had to draw on my extra reserves of patience. Thank goodness, I have a deep well. It's been great fun and I am truly enjoying the process of training. Please peruse this Diary of a Dog Groomer Blog post announcing him with photos of these 8 months as well as, talking about his dental procedure. His baby canine teeth were not falling out so, the veterinarian had to extract them under sedation. His scissor bite is now falling into place very nicely.

Kent's Kanines Frisco

Diary of a Dog Groomer Blog has many new installments. Posts featuring Penny- hand stripped Lakeland Terrier, Scout, and Truffles -  two full coated Havaneses, Penny - Tibetan Terrier, Moose - Cock-a-Poo. There is also a Tribute to Travis. Travis, a Kent's Kanines Model featured in gallery 8 was an amazing rescue dog and loved by all!!

I will miss him terribly!!

I have also written about Senate Bill 969 Pet Grooming Bill. Did you know that groomers are not legally required to attain any training? The Pet Grooming industry is not regulated at all. In recent days in the Bay Area, there was a very unfortunate grooming incident, the dog died and the groomer was charged with abuse and animal cruelty. See Blog post.

And lastly, I would like to share with you a video I created during my glorious vacation in January 2016 in Nice, France after a long year of Home Dog Grooming. I have visited Nice, France several times since age 19 and love the charm, beauty, and soul of the city. The recent attack on the Promenade des Anglais is unfathomable. I wasn't planning on sharing it but, given the recent events in Nice, I wanted to extend a tribute in the form of this video to this wonderful, magical and unique city!

Thank you to all for your continued support of Kent's Kanines and Home Dog Grooming!

Moose – Cock-a-Poo

What a great name, Moose! This is the first “Moose” I have ever groomed. He is a sweet, sweet chocolate Cock-a-Poo. He grows like a weed so, he is groomed every 4-6 weeks. His fur feels just like velvet; it so soft. He is very active, hiking in Marin, power walking along Chrissy Field, accompanying his family on long road trips, jumping over little jumps set up by his “sisters” in the living room. He lives with three young girls that adore him. Since he leads such an active life, his Mom always wants his coat short and in good order so, I give him a short sport cut; it really accentuates his fit and lithe body. As you will see in the video he is adorable and so handsome!

Penny – Hand Stripped Lakeland Terrier

This little girl looks like a Steiff toy! Penny is a darling Lakeland Terrier. I have been grooming her since she arrived at three months. The first-hand stripping was an introduction to the grooming table more than a full hand stripping.  Teaching her to stand and learn to be comfortable and secure on the grooming table is so important in training a puppy, whether hand stripped or not. The actual process of hand stripping went really well; right from the beginning, she behaved very well. I was very careful to go slowly and not pluck out too much.  My main goal, in the beginning, was to allow her to get comfortable with the sensation. Believe it or not, by the 4th grooming was lying down on table completely relaxed allowing me to hand strip her face, ears, around her eyes, around her feet, everywhere.  I think she likes the attention and affection. She is a very loving little girl. Yes, she is still a Lakeland Terrier and gets into mischief all time!! 🙂 🙂 She is a very perky, happy dog. It has been a pleasure to see her mature and see that the consistent hand stripping schedule of every 4-5 weeks has paid off.

The video below was taken when Penny was a little over a year. As you will see, she stands on the table like a pro now. Her baby phase is over now and now, her coat will really start to blossom as she moves into adulthood. Hand stripping such a lovely Lakeland is a pleasure.

Penny – Tibetan Terrier

Penny’s nickname is Penny Panda. As you can see she has the most remarkable markings! She looks like a Panda Bear.

Penny was rescued at age 6 from a woman who sadly was dying of cancer. The week after my client picked her up, her first Mom died. My client was told that Penny was a show dog and had two litters. Penny arrived very, very skittish and nervous and somehow she had been traumatized in her past life. We are just not sure exactly of her past history. It was clear that she needed a loving and secure home and with my client, she has now the best home ever and lives a secure and contented life.

It has been 3 years now and Penny is doing much better with her anxiety. She loves to go on long walks and show off her most beautiful coat, she loves to roll in the leaves in her garden and be a relaxed and jubilant dog. Her favorite thing though is to just lie down next to her mother’s desk at her feet and present like a sphinx. She is a very regal and pretty dog. Penny has blossomed over the last couple of years and slowly but surely she is becoming more confident and trusting.

Below you will see a before and after video of Penny. She has the thickest coat and does require twice-weekly thorough brushing and combing. My client purchased a grooming table and since Penny was a show dog she is quite comfortable and relaxed when she is being brushed and combed out. I do think that cutting her hair further accentuates her Panda markings.

Penny has been selected to be the Muttville Mascot for the 2016 Gala. This is quite an honor. She had a formal photo session with Ellen Shershow of, so all paper invitations and website announcements will feature Penny Panda. We all very excited and proud of her that she is the 2016 Muttville Mascot. Muttville is an organization that is based in San Francisco, CA that finds homes for the senior citizens of the canine world. I know a number of people in the Bay Area that have adopted dogs from Muttville and they are beyond happy to have rescued an older dog from possible euthanasia or just lingering in a shelter.

My client has so fallen in love with Penny that she commissioned an oil painting of her. The artist’s name is Jacqueline Probert. The painting is fantastic and truly captures Penny’s beauty and soul. It will be treasured forever.


Scout and Truffles – Two Full Coated Havaneses

What to say about Scout and Truffles? The only thing to say is that they are gorgeous! Their owner is committed to keeping their coats long and natural. Scout is 5 and Truffles is 3 years old. Both of them have the most delightful and jubilant dispositions. They are a joy and privilege to groom.

Yes, I know when you look at them you think ” those dogs have a lot of hair”! They do have a lot of hair. Scout grew up a bit bigger than expected which makes him present even more dramatically. Truffles is more to the standard.

One of the benefits of a Home Dog Groomer is that my clients ie: human, can observe me brush, comb and de-matt their dogs. It’s all in the technique. I do have clients that do not have the proclivity to learn but, Scout and Truffles mom was very diligent and dedicated to doing her very best to keep them in order; she knows they are beautiful dogs and wanted them to be at their very best. Once she obtained a grooming table and practiced the brushing and combing techniques I taught her, she has slowly improved her skill level and now maintains them beautifully. The grooming time is also another kind of bonding time. It is not about “play” but, about it’s more about nurturing and caring for the dog.

They lead a normal life. Romp in the back yard, go to the park and play with other dogs, go for walks and play endlessly with each other. Yes, one must make accommodations and pay attention to the weather, choose the proper collar and be attentive to factors that exacerbates matting. Havaneses have very cottony coats and rain or any water for that matter can cause matting so, beach life is out. Scout and Truffles don’t care. They love their back yard and dog park. Even if I were to give them a puppy cut, these factors would still have to be applied. I guess one could shave them completely but, then why get a Havanese? These dogs were bred with fabulous coats and mastering their maintenance is the glory of Havanese ownership!

Below are the below pictures of Scout before being groomed as well as a final video of both them after being groomed. Enjoy!




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