The Fuzzybutz philosophy is simple: treat every dog as if it’s our own. As dog owners ourselves, it was easy to take a walk in your shoes when we designed our dream dog grooming salon. Would we want our dog locked up and scared? No, so we don’t use cages or restraints, ever. Would we want our dog to have fun and socialize? Definitely, so we let the dogs at Fuzzybutz play together. Would we want our dog to avoid chemicals? Big yes on that one, so we use all-natural grooming and cleaning products. …Are you sensing a trend here?
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We strive to give each dog who walks through our door not only a fantastic groom, but a comfortable atmosphere too. Your dog will have dozens (maybe even hundreds) of grooming experiences throughout his lifetime, and we believe that each of those should be a positive one. Our dogs give us nothing but love, and at Fuzzybutz we give that love right back with each and every grooming.
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We want your dog to feel relaxed and at home at Fuzzybutz, so we set up the dog grooming salon to look just like a house does. While most grooming salons are sterile and cold, ours is decked out with leather couches, lounge tables, a flatscreen TV, and cozy cots. Your dog will think he’s just walked into a friend’s home, which in reality, he has! Dogs are free to play in the salon, bask in our fenced-in backyard, or lounge on the comfy furniture while they’re waiting to be groomed.
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The secret to Fuzzybutz is the positive energy here, and that starts at the top with Vicki, owner and dog groomer. She is the Cesar Milan of Hoboken and is the ultimate pack leader. With a gentle and caring personality, she keeps the energy balanced among the Fuzzybutz crew.
Think of the crowd at Fuzzybutz as the “good kids” at school – you know, the polite ones you’d want your children to hang out with. We love all dogs but we only accept the well-mannered ones that play well with others here at Fuzzybutz.
So rest assured that your dog will be safe while having a ball with his new buddies, and he’ll come home tired, not wired.
We only use non-toxic, all-natural products in our dog grooming salon. Everything from the dog shampoos to the floor cleaners are based in essential oils and free of harsh chemicals to keep all our furry friends safe and healthy.
Hi, we’re Joanne and Vicki, the owners here at Fuzzybutz! Our passion for providing compassionate dog grooming all started in 2001 with our black poodle Marcello. As you know, taking your precious pup to the dog grooming salon can be a nerve-wracking experience for dog owners, and we were no exception! Our awful early experiences with dog groomers inspired us to take action and start grooming dogs the way we wanted Marcello to be treated.
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As new dog owners, our first grooming experiences with Marcello were, in a word: horrifying. The first time, he had clearly been drugged. He was lazy, lethargic, and totally not himself when we picked him up from the groomer’s. Cue: sleepless night! We tried another salon for his second groom and saw the opposite effect. When we picked him up, Marcello was hyper and wired. He was also suffering from colitis, probably from the stress of it all.
As a poodle, we knew that Marcello would need to be groomed frequently, and we couldn’t put him through that experience every other month for the rest of his life!
So Vicki took matters into her own hands. She bought a pair of clippers and an instructional dog grooming video, and started grooming Marcello right in our living room. The first few cuts weren’t always pretty, we’ll admit it! But it was worth it because Marcello wasn’t stressed out, and with each groom, he grew more and more comfortable. After seeing how much happier Marcello was when she eased him into the grooming process, Vicki decided to pursue dog grooming full-time. In 2004, she enrolled at the American Academy of Dog Grooming in Manhattan to hone her craft.
We didn’t originally set out to open our own dog grooming salon, but when Vicki graduated and started job hunting, she couldn’t find a groomer who fit with our idea of how dogs should be treated. In other dog grooming salons, dogs were treated like a number, not like a living creature with a personality. Dogs were forced to be groomed, instead of trained to enjoy the experience. So we took matters into our own hands again and opened our first Hoboken location in 2007.
Over the years, we have learned a ton and made some changes along the way. Some changes were planned, and others were thrown at us. In Fall of 2012, Hurricane Sandy came and hit Hoboken….hard. The 44” of water in the salon cost us everything but two stainless steel bathtubs. It was heartbreaking but also gave us the opportunity to build ourselves again, literally, from the ground up. We installed radiant heat under the concrete floors and rebuilt with longevity in mind, so our new salon is Jersey tough and will stand up if we get hit with another force of nature (or an exceptionally clunky and drooly St. Bernard!)
We never could have re-opened our doors in July 2013 if it weren’t for our clients. The Fuzzybutz family stuck by us through it all, and we count ourselves so fortunate for their loyalty and friendship! It all comes back to the personal element that makes Fuzzybutz so unique. The Fuzzybutz community is what makes it an all-around positive place for dogs to visit, for us to work, and for our clients to hang out (summer barbecues in the backyard, anyone?) Contact us if you would like to experience Fuzzybutz for yourself or to learn more about why we do what we do!