Local Dog Groomers Bring National Training to Jacksonville for the First Time

06 Apr 2018



Local Dog Groomers Bring National  Training
to Jacksonville for the First Time

A mother-daughter team of dog groomers will host a two-day event by the National Dog Groomers Association of America (NDGAA) at their Jacksonville business, Green Dog Spa, on April 29-30, 2018,

The event will be the first time that NDGAA has offered training in Northeast Florida.

“NDGAA has been the authority on dog grooming for over 45 years, and offers training all over the country,” explains Erica Benson, the owner of Green Dog Spa, located off Baymeadows Road on Jacksonville’s Southside. “Until now, we’ve had to travel to other cities for their workshops.”

Ms. Benson is one of the few Master Groomers in North Florida certified by NDGAA. She also is certified by American Kennel Club (AKC) Salon Safety standards, and keeps her staff and herself updated on CPR for dogs.

“There are no safety state or local requirements, but we feel it is essential, not only to groomers to elevate their skills, but to dog owners, who can feel confident that their pet is in safe hands with a certified groomer.”

Grooming has become widely recognized by dog owners as adding to the enjoyment of their pets, and in recent years to the general public, as well, through the popularity of televised competitions such as the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, at which dogs are judged on obedience, agility and “conformation” – how well the dog’s appearance conforms to the AKC standards for the breed. In addition, there are many local dog shows that lead up to Westminster, and many AKC dog sports that can become family fun activities.

“The truth is,” Erica says, “every dog wants a job, and our passion is to help him find it.”

On the first day of the workshop, participants will observe a team of experts groom four different breeds. On Monday, the participants will bring their own dogs. Certifiers from NDGAA will critique and grade the participants’ work, and give a written exam. Those who pass will be awarded NDGAA certification in that particular group.

Erica Benson grew up in the business. Her mother, Lynn Lamoureux, has been in the dog grooming industry for 42 years, and presently own Sunland Acres, a dog boarding facility in St. Johns County.

Erica and Lynn work with many dogs, not just show dogs. “Most of the dogs we get in our salons are pets, including mixed breeds,” Erica says. “Their owners just want their dog to look and feel good on a day-to-day basis, and have a trim that suits their lifestyle.”

In addition, they volunteer their services to groom rescue dogs and dogs in the “K9s for Warriors” program. “It’s a way to give back, and great practice for new groomers,” Erica adds.

For more information on Green Dog Spa, Sunland Acres, the National Dog Groomers Association of America, or the NDGAA workshop on April 29-30, please contact Erica Benson at (904) 553-5727.

27 Jul 2017
Friends of Jacksonville AnimalsAnimal Care and protective services works w/ Animal Care &  Protective Services to benefit the lives of shelter animals by focusing on fundraising to assist w/ medical care, enrich shelter environment, & promote adoptions to reduce euthanasia. With more stray animals coming in daily, your help is desperately needed. What can you do? Please foster, adopt, and/or volunteer. ACPS Volunteer Coordinator, Cristhel Lewis, is awesome! She will put you in touch with the department you want to work with. They have a need for cleaning, stuffing Kongs, doing laundry, taking dogs out, assisting vet techs, working with animal behaviorists, riding with animal control officers, talking with people about which pet might be right for them & so much more! There is something for everyone and no time commitment is required. The schedule is flexible but they rely on volunteers to help with all the animals.

ACPS is located at:
2020 Forest Street
Jacksonville, FL 32204
Hours: Tue-Sat 10-6
Thank you for taking action!

Open House at Green Dog Spa!

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UPDATE: Buddy found a wonderful home!

He is a sweet 3 year old Domestic Short Hair Tabby that loves toys & catnip stuffed mice. He doesn't scratch things up & enjoys being on a porch. Neutered & up-to-date on shots. For more details, please visit him at Sunland Acres or call 904-287-5246.

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Dental care for a healthy & happy pet!

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February is National Pet Dental Health Month!
More information at AVMA.

"TropiClean oral health products are made with natural ingredients for a healthy mouth and fresh breath."

We also offer a variety of foods & treats that will keep your pet healthy & happy such as  Orijen, Acana, Sojos, Pops, Snooks, Front Porch Pets Sweet Potato, and local Pawfection Bakery.

Grain free diet can help with allergies as well as maintain optimal health.

5 Ways to Help Keep your Pet Safe… Happy Thanksgiving & Holiday Season!

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We are thankful to have customers like you & wish you and your family the best. We attended PetTech Pet CPR, First Aid & Care & would love to share ways to help keep your pet safe throughout the year.

Green Dog Spa will be open Monday, Nov. 21st before Thanksgiving & Monday, Dec. 19th before Christmas to accommodate our clients during the busy holiday. Please book your grooming & boarding appointments as soon as possible.

cpr class

5 Ways to Help Keep Your Pets Safe

1. Stop by Green Dog Spa or Sunland Acres & pick up a "Please Save Our Pet(s)" sticker for no charge.

2. Attend class at petlifesaverjax.com
3. Be aware of poisonous plants or chemicals around your pet.
4. Supervise while they are eating & chewing on toys or bones. Any alternative to rawhide & selecting a grain free food w/ meat as 1st ingredient will be a healthy step in the right direction.
5. Perform daily "Snout-To-Tail" assessments. We can show you how to do this in under 5 minutes!
Green Dog Spa & Sunland Acres

Continuing Education & Holiday Booking

25 Oct 2016
Continuing Education & Holiday Booking
Just a reminder... we will be closed Friday, October 28th & Saturday, October 29th for continuing education. After over 5 years in business, we are more excited than ever about our annual trip to Orlando for the National Dog Groomers Association of America (NDGAA) "Fun in the Sun" event. During the weekend, groomers will receive a curriculum of activities that includes: Educational workshops, trade-show attendance, competition & certification testing. The event was developed to offer groomers the opportunity to enhance their skills, to stay current with industry trends & to exchange ideas, methods, & opinions with colleagues.

Green Dog Spa takes a safe, natural approach to dog grooming with training from PetTech First Aid and CPR as well as NDGAA Breed Profile Certification. We are a strong community supporter of local rescue groups, K9's for Warriors, Coastal Golden Retriever Rescue, G.R.E.A.T. and others who share our passion for dogs. If you know of a situation where there is a dog who needs assistance, we offer grooming services at low cost or no charge for special situations.We are booking out 1-2 weeks in advance and holiday appointments are filling up fast. Please call or email your appointment request and we will get you scheduled.

We are so grateful for your business, and appreciate the opportunity to serve you each visit.

Green Dog Spa Team



“Paws For Pulse”

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On the News!!!


Join Green Dog Spa for a
Nationwide Dog Wash
Sunday, July 3, 2016
Green Dog Spa is joining our friends from other local Jacksonville businesses (Groomingdales Dog Salon, Whizard of Inks Screen Printing, Fluffy Cuts, Rock 'n Ruff & Switch Blade Sharpening) for a nationwide dog wash fundraiser for victims of the Orlando shooting at Pulse Night Club.
100% of all proceeds go to Equality Florida.
This Sunday, July 3rd from 10am-3pm!
Held at: Green Dog Spa
11048-7 Baymeadows Road
Jacksonville, FL 32256More locations nationwide:
http://pawsforpulse.com/Minimum Donations:
Small dog $10
Medium dog $15
Large dog $20
(Does not include de-matting)Call 904-683-5301 to book an appointment or email us at:

If you are unable to attend but would still like to contribute, we will have a donation jar set up in the salon.



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Acadia Antlers on Shark Tank

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These are great chews for dogs of all sizes. We have a fresh shipment ready for Valentine's Day! "Made from the highest quality Maine moose sheds, they are proud to be environmentally responsible, the recovery and use of these sheds and drops minimize our carbon footprint, while enabling them to provide our pets with an all natural, green product."
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Nail Care

18 Jan 2016
Nail Care

Generally, nails should be trimmed or filed when they start to touch the ground. This can vary based on many factors including lifestyle. Some might not need very often if filed on sidewalk, except the dewclaw. And others might need weekly or monthly attention. Whichever the case, we can help!

Overgrown nails can break easily and below the quick, which can be very painful. Long-term overgrowth can cause difficulty with walking, pain and soreness and potentially contribute to the development of arthritis.

Frequent & fast paced walks on the sidewalk can help wear down nails and increase time between trimmings.

More nail care information at:

Green Dog Email Newsletters

27 Oct 2015
Green Dog Email Newsletters

January 2016 - Long Nails? Start 2016 w/ Best "Paw" Forward...

October - Top 3 Things to Know; New Website, Events & Bonus Rewards.

September - Re-trained in Pet CPR & First Aid

August - App Launch Party & Other Events...

July - Reward Points & Summer Heat

May/June - What Makes us Different?

April News 2015 & Springtime Events

March 2015 - What's Green & Growing?

February 2015

December 2014 Events

October 2014 - Grooming Schedule & Holiday Hours

July 2014 - What's new... Tick testing for Lyme Disease, Upcoming Events & City Dog Photography!

May 2014 - Celebrating three years of business!

April 2014 - Youthful Medical Spa & Green Dog Spa have teamed up to bring you a special event for you & your dog! Monday April 14th, 10am-2pm RSVP - Free Treatments for People & Pets!

March 2014 - Springtime Bath, Blowdry & Brush

January 2014 (Pet Trust info from Cramer Law Center, NEW Green Dog Spa Welcome Video & K9s for Warriors link!)

November 2013 (November specials for you & your pets, we are thankful for your business!)

October 2013 (Pumpkin Party)

August 2013 (New for September - Pet Health Fair & "Sensational Seventies!")

July 2013 (Continuing Education & Bring Your Pet and Join Us for a Luau!)

October 23rd – 26th “Fun in the Sun” Orlando

14 Oct 2015
October 23rd – 26th “Fun in the Sun”  Orlando
October 23rd - 26th "Fun in the Sun"
National Dog Groomer's Association Seminars, Trade Show,
Competition & Certification in Orlando, FL.

(We will be closed October 23rd & 24th for continuing education.)


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Free Treatments for People &/or Pets!

08 Apr 2014
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Free Treatments for People &/or Pets!

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Youthful Medical Spa & Green Dog Spa have teamed up to bring a special event for you &/or your dog on Monday, April 14th, 10am-2pm! Please RSVP name(s), time & phone number to 904-273-6286 or email info@youthfulmedicalspa.com mailto:info@youthfulmedicalspa.com

Enjoy Champagne, Mimosas, Raffles, Free Treatments, Food & Lots of Fun!

Select here for more information.

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