Hi, I'm Candice

I opened this business for Gig Harbor and surrounding areas for pet lovers to trust and love. I will always take comfort and safety for all pets. I really feel that I truly understand and have empathy for all pets. We see them at there most stressed out time and really try to give them the best experience ever. They will be getting groomed starting at 3 months-18 years of age. I want to build an long lasting relationship that makes them feel safe and comfortable. My handling skills cater to what the dog needs and can handle. I pride myself in quality scissor work. I have a natural ability for symmetrical appropriate proportion for the body and head hair cuts. I always treat my clients with upmost respect. I will go above and beyond and strive for great service.

Candice has had a passion for animals for as long as she can remember. She knew from an early age that she either wanted to be a beautician or a veterinarian. She soon realized that she didn't have the “stomach” it takes to be a veterinarian.

Candice pursued a career in the beauty industry with a year of formal education in Provo, Utah. During this time she realized that she liked her career choice, but didn’t love it. She needed to be around animals again to really enjoy her career. She aggressively sought employment in the animal grooming industry, and got a job based on her experience working with people in the beauty industry. During her first years of employment, her mentors often said that she had an ability never before seen by them. She knew she was right where she belonged. Candice loved her career choice.

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“I truly love Pet Grooming. I have been Pet Grooming since 2002 I can’t believe how time has flown by. I guess when it is your passion it doesn't feel like work.”

Since then, Candice has more than a decade of pet grooming in Gig Harbor having opened Elite Pet Salon in 2011. Because of the exceptional services she offers, previous clients have remained with her and, simply through word of mouth, have helped her establish a very busy and reputable pet grooming business. After just one visit to Elite Pet Salon, you too will be amazed by Candice's passion for pets and their well being.


Much like you, every member of the Elite Pet Salon team treats your animal as a member of their own family. Since no two dogs or cats are the same, we take special care to individualize their care and treatment. We are not an assembly line of groomers. We will cater to your pet’s every need, from special handling of your nervous dog or cat to focusing on the trouble areas. We put you and your pet’s every need first. We commit to providing your pet with the best possible care along with exceptional grooming.

Elite Pet Salon prides itself on convenience as well as quality and consistency. Each time your pet comes to see us, we will deliver the same quality of treatment. Each member of our team follows the same set of procedures with every pet, no exceptions. The team at Elite Pet Salon can handle whatever you desire for your pet. We can do technical clips, partial grooms, shave the coat, or just a simple bath on any size breed. We understand that dogs love a routine, and we give them that.

While we have the highest quality products and equipment in the industry, we feel that the experience is made even better by maintaining the cleanest, most sanitary environment possible. We spend time each day making sure all areas the animals are kept healthy, sanitary, and inviting.


" It assures you that your pet will receive loving treatment and quality grooming by a Professional who is reputable and committed to meeting your high standards."


Elite Pet Salon has developed many strong relationships through the years. Please take a moment to visit many of the FRIENDS we feel are the best at what they do.

To show our appreciation of you entrusting us with your endearing pet, we offer a variety of SPECIALS that we are sure you will appreciate.NDGAA CERTIFICATION



" It assures you that your pet will receive loving treatment and quality grooming by a Professional who is reputable and committed to meeting your high standards."

Certified by NDGAA

Your groomer has been certified by the National Dog Groomers Association of America, Inc. An organization dedicated to high standards that meet your own. Founded in 1969, NDGAA has certified groomers throughout the United States, Canada, England, France, Holland, New Zealand, Scotland & Singapore. These groomers share a commitment to the humane care of your pet, grooming excellence  fair business practices and public health & safety. When you do business with an NDGAA Certified Groomer, you can expect superior quality and service.

What NDGAA Certification Means

In order to become a NDGAA certified groomer, the groomer must meet NDGAA’s high standards of grooming excellence by undergoing a series of strenuous tests designed to evaluate their grooming skills and expertise.

NDGAA certified groomers must also agree to abide by a strict Code of Ethics governing business, customer relations and advertising practices.

NDGAA certified groomers are leaders in their field, able to serve you with their expertise and well developed knowledge.

What NDGAA means to you…

Selecting a NDGAA certified groomer means selecting quality you can trust. You will benefit from NDGAA’s continued efforts to improve the pet grooming industry standards and services.

It makes good sense to select a NDGAA Certified Groomer for your pets care. It assures you that your pet will receive loving treatment and quality grooming by a Professional who is reputable and committed to meeting your high standards.

Code of Ethics

I, as a Certified Dog Groomer in the pet industry, promise to accept my responsibility when caring for all pets. I shall enhance their beauty through proper grooming skills to help in the creation and style best suited the individual pet and its owners, to continuously educate myself and my patrons in the proper care and welfare of their pets. I will not discriminate against any person, to set an example of good will and integrity, show affectionate understanding and gentleness to all and always perform my duties in a humane manner.


Our Friends

Elite Pet Salon has found businesses in our community that are the best at what they do.


CHEW Dog Rescue is a volunteer-based non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing abandoned dogs, dogs slated for euthanasia due to shelter space limitations, and other dogs who need us. We are currently working to find additional foster homes and acquire funding for veterinary care and other essential elements of dog rescue.


Cookie's Pet Corner and Wash is more than you might expect. Not only will you find quality pet items and a place to wash your pooch, you'll also find amazing value. When it's wash time, you'll love the washrooms that have easy to walk-up steps for your pet and comfortable heights for you.


Garrett Stevens is one of the only dog trainers who can guarantee you see results! If you are interested in natural dog handling, dog whispering, dog training or behavior modification than we can help. From severe dog aggression, phobias or separation anxiety to simple puppy training, Alpha and Omega Dog Training can transform your dog today.

Any Breed, Any Age, Any Problem!


Lucky dog is a great local store to get your pet needs plus all of the latest in pet trends. They offer products for cats, dogs, and humans. They also have a pet bakery where they make tasty treats for the animals you love.

Groomers for Big Dogs

Working as a groomer can be physically demanding, which can include a variety of health problems for groomers. In order to simplify our workload we recommend Howllywood and Bayside Animal Lodge for your large dog grooming needs. 

If you are not satisfied with these recommendations please speak to your vet or ask around your neighborhood.



Howllywood is an IPG certified grooming business. They service pets with special needs and are first aid certified. Howllywood also does boarding

(253) 851-6062


Bayside Animal Lodge is a great option for large dog grooming. They have special equipment for lifting larger dogs. They also carry pet supplies and are first aid certified. In addition to grooming Bayside also does lodging.