Needless to say your dog is a valued part of the family. So how do you go about picking a competent person to groom them? It will take lots of careful handling to properly groom a dog, not forgetting the precautions required around dangerous, sharp implements like scissors and electric clippers? A dog (or cat) groomer is going to be bathing you pet in soapy water and rinsing thoroughly. We surely aren’t going to trust them to “just anybody”. Listed here are five basic suggestions to choose a specialist pet groomer.
1. Ask around. Every time a dog leaves the groomer, it is a walking advertisement. Talk to your veterinarian, your kennel manager, your neighbor. If you notice a dog on the street with a style you like, stop the owner and ask in which the dog was groomed. People are usually extremely ready to talk about their animals, especially their new “do”.
Some veterinary offices have policies not to refer clients to any certain groomer or breeder. Don’t despair; ask more specific questions like “Have you treated any complications from this groomer, such as cuts or clipper abrasions? Have you had any complaints about this groomer?”
2. Call the groomer you are interested in using. Ask him/her questions. Did you go to grooming school or apprentice with a professional groomer? How long have you been grooming? Do you have much experience with (insert your breed here)? Do you have a problem putting poodle legs on a cocker? (Or some other non-standard clip?) Are you a member of any professional grooming organization? There is a national organization called National Dog Groomers of America Association and several states have their own groomers’ companies.
3. require proper certification. Some states need that groomers are licensed and certified in flea/tick applications. So ask if she or he could be properly certified.
4. Be patient. Keep in mind that groomers are usually on an extremely tight schedule. Ask him/her if they would be able to call you back to answer these concerns when they have ample time to talk. It’s hard to answer concerns while fluff drying a dog. You should be able to build up a rapport with the potential groomer that provides you with an overall impression. Hopefully it will be an excellent impression.
5. Trust your intuition. Just by asking around you will be able find answers to much of your concerns. Using a groomer for the first time are a disconcerting experience. If you’ve done some research by asking around and then place your trust in your groomer and then see a good result … then it is possible to pamper yourself, too, like “Fluffy” was pampered.