When your dog gets to the stage where a bath will no longer to the job, it is probably time for you to pay a visit to the groomers. It is not difficult to find a dog groomer in this day and age but it can be tough to find a good reliable groomer that you can trust. You wouldn’t go to a hair dressers or spa yourself without doing any research so do the same for your dog.
The following are a few tips to help you choose the right groomer that suits the needs of you and your dog.
Good Dog Groomer Selection Tips
Referrals – With all the advertising and marketing in the world today, word of mouth is still as strong and reliable as ever. Ask your friends and family for recommendations. Your local veterinarian, animal rescue centre or pet store may also provide you with the names of some reputable groomers.
Internet – Post on any local pet forums you may use to get feedback from others about their grooming experiences. A lot of dog groomers will have their own websites so spend some time looking through them. They may provide customer reviews on their sites. Local business review websites may provide you with comments and opinions.
Ask Questions – It is important that you ask the right questions and don’t be shy about it; they expect potential customers to quiz them. Some questions you should ask the groomer:
- Their experience as a groomer, their training and if they specialize in any particular size or breed of dog
- The type of service that they offer, what price is it for your breed? Is nail clipping, ear cleaning and anal glands emptying included in the price?
- What type of shampoo and cleaning products do they use? This might be an issue for dogs that have an allergies or skin conditions etc.
- Where will the dog be kept before and after grooming? Will they have access to an outdoor area or somewhere to go to the bathroom and will they be safe and secure?
Check Facility – When you have decided on a groomer, you should visit their place of business to check it out. Have a look around to see if the grooming area looks clean and safe. In the case of a mobile groomer, be sure to inspect their vehicle in the same manner. It should be apparent pretty much straight away if they are not a professional organization. Pay attention to whether any dogs or owners that may be there seem happy and relaxed. Most importantly, does your own dog seem happy in the facility!
The Groomers – Talk to the groomers and discuss any health issues or problems your dog may have. Also ask for their opinion on how they think your dog’s hair should be cut and also how often your breed of dog needs to be groomed. Do not forget that they are professionals. Dog groomers should like dogs so observe how they interact and handle your dog and how your dog acts towards them.
You can get any amount of recommendations and look at loads of websites and advertisements but you need to use your own judgement too. Some PetShop online have a list of approved groomers which can always help your decision Follow your intuition and if any part of your facility visit or conversation with the groomer does not feel or look right then maybe you should look elsewhere. You should get your dog groomed as often as they need it to help keep them feeling and looking good.