Gainesville’s first wellness-focused grooming company is ready to serve all dog owners.
Scenthound, located at 2835 SW 91st St on Haile Publix Market Square, opened May 24th and offers grooming services focused on the general wellbeing and routine grooming of all dogs – not just the haircuts or baths associated with traditional dog groomers.
Joseph and Kathryn Pizzurro, co-owners of the new Gainesville location, have lived with their rescue dog, Pi, in Alachua County for over eight years. Her love for animals, from fish to horses, developed in her childhood and shapes her work to this day.
With every service, Scenthound performs a SCENT check – an evaluation of the skin, fur, ears, nails and teeth of each dog. The assessment is sent digitally to each dog’s owner to identify issues before they become health concerns, Kathryn said.
“The philosophy behind Scenthound and our services is that it is attractive to all dog parents out there,” said Joseph Pizzurro. “One of the things that has occurred during the pandemic has been the increase in dog adoption across our community, and we believe we are able to provide these families with an affordable and convenient way to look after their dogs take care of.”
Scenthound operates 66 different locations in seven states, and the Gainesville location is the first in all of north-central Florida, Joseph said. The closest location is in Jupiter, more than 400 miles away.
Kathryn Pizzurro said Scenthound offers a monthly membership called the “Clean Club”. With this service, members receive a 25% discount on all care services.
The monthly cost of Scenthound grooming services depends on the size and coat of each dog, Kathryn said.
In addition to the monthly maintenance costs, there is an annual membership fee to become a member of the “Clean Club”.
However, dog owners do not need a membership to use Scenthound’s services. The “Clean Club” is just an initiative to promote monthly dog care, said Joseph.
“The membership base model creates a routine for the family and a familiarity and comfort for the dog over time,” he said. “It’s just part of the family routine, just like children have to see a doctor at regular intervals.”
Kathleen Troy, 60, is the owner of an English Cream Golden Retriever named Cooper and a new member of Scenthound’s Clean Club.
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“I’ll try every month because they’re fantastic,” she said. “I wish Gainesville had something like this years ago.”
Joseph said he and Kathryn are excited to bring Scenthound to North Central Florida.
“The community response has been very positive and we look forward to working with dog owners across the area to keep their animals healthy and well-being,” he said.
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