Affordable, Experienced, Professional dog grooming.

Located in unit 211 – 3030 Kilpatrick Avenue, Courtenay BC

Drop in nail trimming is back, for $9. Masks appreciated but not required. See conditions here

We are a small shop. For us, illness means closing and rescheduling all of our clients, which is inconvenient for them and costly for us. Sometimes we have to get very close to people to get their dogs from them We thank you for your patience.

Open Tuesday – Saturday 8:00 – 4:00, closed on the Saturday of long weekends / stat holidays. We are also closed on Orange Shirt Day (late September) and usually for two weeks of annual time off at the beginning of August. We prefer to book appointments over the phone so that we can go over availability in real time, and answer any questions you may have, but if you need to contact us you can use out contact form or email info@thoughtfulpawsgrooming.com

Please note: Due to an extensive regular client base, our availability for new grooming clients is limited to small dogs at the current time.

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About Us

Personalized Service With a Smile

It’s different here. We are small “Mom & Pop” shop. Staying small allows us to provide a more personalized and consistent service, build relationships with our canine clients, and be consistent. While we are modern in terms of equipment and technology, we offer old-school service by answering our phone, booking appointments by phone, and reminding clients about their appointment with a phone call. You won’t get annoying emails or texts from us, and if you have questions, we are happy to speak with you. You will be speaking with the people who will be working with your dog. We keep extensive notes on the style, products used, allergies and / or medical conditions, and the grooming history of your dog.

Reasonable Rates & Discounts

We want your dog to look and feel great all of the time, so we encourage regular grooming with our frequent grooming discounts. If you get your dog groomed every 6 weeks, we’re going to give you 10% off of our already reasonable rates. If you get your dog groomed every 4 weeks, we’ll give you 15% off. We will charge you fairly for our time and we will be consistent. We aren’t going to sell you products or services that you don’t need.

Experienced & Professional

Owned by Scott & Angela Gilbert, Thoughtful Paws opened its doors in 2001. We believe in hard work, integrity, and honesty.

We have been working with dogs since 1995.  In addition to our professional experience, we are passionate about training, having competed in a variety of dog sports with our own dogs.  Our interest in training and behavior is definitely a benefit in our work with dogs, particularly in helping dogs to overcome anxiety about grooming.

We lost our most recent dog “Chianti” to heart disease in 2019. Chianti, an American Staffordshire Terrier had performance Titles in Obedience,Tracking, Rally O, Canine Dressage, and DockDogs as well as her Canine Good Neighbour. You can read about Chianti’s adventures here. We will someday get another dog, who will have large shoes to fill.

Finding Us

We are located on Kilpatrick Avenue, between 29th St. and Walmart. Look for the sandwich board with the big red arrow at the top of our driveway.


Full Groom

Full grooming includes brush and comb, nail trimming, ear cleaning, *gland expression, bath, dry, clip and scissor to desired style / length.

Bath & Tidy

Bath & Tidy includes brush and comb, nail trimming, ear cleaning, *gland expression, bath, dry, trim feet, face, hygiene areas.

Nail Trim

Please visit our nail trimming page for more info.

*Anal glands are expressed externally, only on owner request or if necessary (i.e. they are expressing themselves or it is obvious that they need to be done.

Quick About

Serving the Comox Valley since 2001.

Safe, professional, consistent, insured.

Reasonable Rates, Discounts.


211-3030 Kilpatrick Ave.
Courtenay, BC
V9N 8P1