One of the newest businesses in Sayville wants to keep your dog clean and healthy and uses only 'green' and organic products for dog grooming services.
The Green Dog, which opened its doors July 1 at 106 Railroad Avenue across from the Sayville Theatre, is the brainchild of James Hanington, a 30-year-old professional dog groomer.
The bright and inviting storefront, which also offers dog toys, treats and even apparel, is luring in new customers wanting the health benefits inherent in using organic and green products in animal care.
"So many grooming products are unhealthy for pets and many of the 'natural' ones are not all natural," said Hanington, explaining that he uses 100 percent organic products with no harmful chemical or ingredients. He said that there are currently no rules or regulations on what grooming supply makers can use, or not use in products, and that pet owners should realize that some shampoos can be damaging to a pet's health and skin.
Harington knows this from personal experience. His hands and skin quickly began suffering from using common grooming products when he became a groomer, and that led to him investigating other options in grooming supplies.
From what he's learned, there are few 'green' grooming shops and many pet owners may not realize what some products are doing to a dog's skin and body health.
"I've seen some animals grow tumors and have skin issues that I think were likely due to the chemicals in some of the products," he said.
Hanington says he chose Sayville for his shop's location as he loves the community, noting that health consciousness is alive and well given tenured businesses such as Cornucopia, a health food store on Main Street.
When it comes to pet grooming he recommends animals be groomed every six to eight weeks and advises owners to start grooming pets when they're young so they get accustomed to the process and the various noises from tools used, such as nail clippers and drying machines.
"Any dog that spends a great deal of time outdoors should be groomed regularly as their hair can get matted quick," he said. He recommends owners brush pets regularly between grooming sessions to keep coats healthy and shiny.
"The more grooming by owners helps makes the professional grooming session a success as dogs can enjoy it and not be frightened by it," said Hanington.
Pet owners wanting a healthy 'green' grooming experience for their pets can get 10 percent off their first session by mentioning Sayville Patch. The Green Dog is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. everyday except Thursday, when it's closed, and Sundays the store is open half day. While appointments are appreciated (750-6969), walk-ins are welcome.